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Old 02-09-04, 11:56 PM
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Need some help choosing a hard drive?

My brother has a Celeron Processor. I am wanting to say its aroung 500mhz or so. We popped the cover off and it currently has a 8gig ide hard drive installed. My question is: what would be a good hard drive to put in. Is 40, 80 gig to much? He has 256mb Ram installed. Any suggestion would be great
Old 02-10-04, 12:55 AM
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I'd go with either a Maxtor or Seagate hard drive. Try the 80GB, b/c the price difference is so little and half the time you can find the larger capacity hard drive with the same specs for a lower price than a lower capacity hard drive.
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If it is going to be the primary drive, look for a hard drive with an 8MB buffer as well.

People's opinions vary from hard drive manufacture to manufacturer, but I only use Maxtor in my computer and stay as far away as possible from WD. YMMV.
Old 02-10-04, 11:41 AM
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Originally posted by Blake
If it is going to be the primary drive, look for a hard drive with an 8MB buffer as well.

People's opinions vary from hard drive manufacture to manufacturer, but I only use Maxtor in my computer and stay as far away as possible from WD. YMMV.
I agree with Blake about the 8MB buffer as well as WD (Western Digital). What does it tell you when a company lowers their warranty from a 3 year to a 1 year?
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They all lowered their warranty from 3 years to 1, and at about the same time too.

I also recommend Maxtor and avoiding WD.
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Originally posted by alex4bball
I agree with Blake about the 8MB buffer as well as WD (Western Digital). What does it tell you when a company lowers their warranty from a 3 year to a 1 year?
It tells me profit margins are very tight.

Maxtor lowered their warranty from 3 years to 1 year in October, 2002.

Western Digital lowered their warranty from 3 years to 1 year in October 2003. OEM versions of their drives still have 3 year warranties.

Seagate has always had a 1 year warranty as long as I can remember.

Make what you will from this information.
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Keep in mind that with an old system the size of the hard drive may be a problem, depending on your operating system and motherboard. A bios update might be necessary.
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Thank you for the info, X. I was under the impression, WD was the only one lowering the length of the warranty. But either way, I would go with Maxtor.
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Use Ghost or manufacturere disk utility to dub the entire contents of the old HD to the new HD if you want to save time.

Try to keep the HD size around 120GB. Anything above 137GB will give you a problem. Unless of course, you go out and buy a promise PCI ATA card and have WinXP SP1 installed.

To get a clear picture of length of warranty different HD manufacturers offer, check out newegg.com. Although they only sell OEM HDs.

You can get the cheapest HDs by looking at weekly ads from office max, office depot, staples, fry's, comp usa, best buy. Don't pay more than $.50 per MB, after MIR.

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Originally posted by Blake

People's opinions vary from hard drive manufacture to manufacturer, but I only use Maxtor in my computer and stay as far away as possible from WD. YMMV.
I think the Raptor drives from WD seem fairly well respected if someone is looking for SATA drives. WD backs those drives up with a 3 year warranty as well. There may just be differences in quality assurance when you get a drive being geared towards the enterprise vs. towards the average joe consumer.

Just my opinion as a Raptor drive owner. (Also have a Maxtor drive as well)
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I've got 2 WD drives, no probs to speak of.
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Originally posted by UWSarge
I think the Raptor drives from WD seem fairly well respected if someone is looking for SATA drives. WD backs those drives up with a 3 year warranty as well.
Make that 5 years.

http://store.westerndigital.com/product.asp?sku=1496302
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Originally posted by X
Make that 5 years.

http://store.westerndigital.com/product.asp?sku=1496302
Cool. Means I have 4.5 years of warranty left on mine.
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Originally posted by UWSarge
Cool. Means I have 4.5 years of warranty left on mine.
Me too.

Nice drives. I have two in a RAID 0 configuration. Very fast.
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Yeah - I've heard good things about the WD Raptor drives and when I upgrade my computer, I was thinking about getting a couple for a RAID setup...
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So, the Raptor drives from WD are pretty good then? How much of a speed difference are we talking about? With this speed boost, what improvements will I see in the total performance of my system?
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If you can handle SATA, I'd go that way since they are 10,000 RPM which is significantly faster than 7,200 RPM and with the 8MB buffer, they're top of the line. Of course, spinning that fast, they do get hotter from what I've heard, though cooling shouldn't be a problem in a newer system.
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The Raptor also has a much faster average access time than regular IDE drives. About twice as fast and on par with good SCSI drives.
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Originally posted by FuzzyBallz

You can get the cheapest HDs by looking at weekly ads from office max, office depot, staples, fry's, comp usa, best buy. Don't pay more than $.50 per MB, after MIR.
Yeah, I don't suggest you pay more than $40,000 either.





Back on topic, I didn't know that WD had such a bad rep. I always thought they were superior to Maxtor. Why all the hate?
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Originally posted by tanman
Back on topic, I didn't know that WD had such a bad rep. I always thought they were superior to Maxtor. Why all the hate?
WD doesn't have any more of a bad rep than any other brand. We just got several WD haters all in one thread.

I was down on them from a bad experience a long time ago. But since then I have bought over a dozen of them and they've been fine.

One drive crapped out on me after a day or two but I have no problem with that. I replaced it and the replacement has been fine. WD is my preferred brand now.
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Originally posted by fumanstan
Keep in mind that with an old system the size of the hard drive may be a problem, depending on your operating system and motherboard. A bios update might be necessary.

After cracking open the case we noticed that the Hard Drive is very large. Its not the standard size hard drive. Where would I find a hard drive to this?
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I am currently running a 7200RPM, 8MB Buffer SATA Hard Drive. Will I see a huge improvement in speed and performance if I switch to the 10,000RPM version with the same specs? Is it really worth the price difference (less capacity but faster access)?
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Originally posted by sniper78
After cracking open the case we noticed that the Hard Drive is very large. Its not the standard size hard drive. Where would I find a hard drive to this?
I think he means the size as in gigs, not the actual size of the drive

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