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Old 12-28-01, 09:03 AM
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HD brands: Any to avoid?

I'm putting together a new system, and I'm shopping for a HD. I know the Western Digital name, but I was wondering about some of the other makes.

Should I stick with Western Digital, or are the other brands as reliable?

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Old 12-28-01, 09:14 AM
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in my experience.. western digital drives have more problems then alot of the other drives

that being said.. I just bought a 60gb western digital drive because I couldnt pass it up for $50 after rebate.
sam's has a 100gb western digital for $100 after rebate.

I generally try to stick with maxtor drives.. never had one fail on me..

the ibm deskstar is a nice drive, along with the maxtor diamondmax
Old 12-28-01, 09:30 AM
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Stay away from Fujitsu hard drives, they are terrible.




Maxtor-Quantum, IBM, Seagate (most drives), and even the dreaded WD have never caused me much grief and have all been good drives. I use mostly Maxtor, but would recommend any of these brands.
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Originally posted by twikoff
in my experience.. western digital drives have more problems then alot of the other drives

that being said.. I just bought a 60gb western digital drive because I couldnt pass it up for $50 after rebate.
sam's has a 100gb western digital for $100 after rebate.

I generally try to stick with maxtor drives.. never had one fail on me..

the ibm deskstar is a nice drive, along with the maxtor diamondmax
I agree with this. I had a Western Digital fail on me out of the box about 3 years back. I've got two Maxtors in my system now, and have no complaints.
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Alright, it looks like it's Maxtor for me. Newegg has a 40gb/7200 for 83....
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Originally posted by 12thmonkey
Alright, it looks like it's Maxtor for me. Newegg has a 40gb/7200 for 83....
thats a pretty good deal
lowest price i could find was 82, and newegg is more reliable
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I have had no problems with any of my WD and IBM drives
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MAXTOR is the way to go. I got an old 6gb drive thats 4 years old and a new 30gb drive. No problems on either drive.
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I've had good luck with Maxtor in the past. I got a 20 gig Maxtor in my system now that's almost 4 years old, still going strong.

My main HD is an IBM 7200 RPM 40 gig now. It is pretty sweet, and wasn't that expensive. All my friends love IBM.
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oh yea.. just to toss this out there

one of my bosses brought his home computer in for me to look at yesterday, because it had completely crapped out..

he had a 40gb maxtor drive slaved out in it, and the drive had died..

it was a 400mhz desktop.. 128mb sdram, dvdrom, 4x hp burner, and the 2 harddrives..

I checked the maxtor drive in several other machines, jumpering to slave, master, and cable select.. and never could get a response..
the drive never even once cycled up, so obviously the controller board on the harddrive was toast (of course I checked out his system, and other harddrives worked on that ide cable and the power lead, so the problem was definitly with the harddrive)..

so.. this is the first case of a toasted maxtor drive I have run into.. and the bad news, was that it was a 40gb drive and less then 6 months old.. it should not have failed

looking at his system.. the best reason I could come up with..
he only has a 145watt power supply.. and that should not have been sufficient to power all the devices he was running.. Im not sure how it made it that long.. but Im figuring that since he was using such a small power supply, it probably surged that drive to death..
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Hmmm. I hope the inadequate power supply was the problem, and not the drive. My new case came with a 350 watt power supply, so hopefully that will be enough...
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THE one to avoid is the IBM 40GB 75gxp model. I believe there is/was a class action lawsuit over those. (something along the lines of over 30% failure rate).


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Ive had nothing BUT bad experiences with Maxtor drives and had yet to have a WD drive fail in 5 years.
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I have a 60gig WD drive(Best Buy rebate deal over the summer) and have had nothing but good luck with it

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