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Old 07-23-07, 09:53 AM
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Need to order a PATA drive for a guy. Any brands to stay away from?

I have a guy's PC I'm working on and the hdd seems to be either on it's way out or gone already. I'm trying to get Spinrite to boot the drive up and it won't even do that. Anyway...

Just browsing around zipzoomfly and newegg, they're cheap, spacious, and I need to order one today. Should I stick with Western Digital or has their quality gone downhill? Seagate, Maxtor, etc...?

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I don't think it matters. I've had Maxtor and WD and have had drives from both go bad.
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Drives from all companies fail, that is why we have backups

I would go with what is least expensive with the best warranty (usually seagate, but not always)

and/or

go with which one is fastest in the benchmarks, if you care.
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Benchmarks aren't that important. This is an internet machine. Some photo storage. I was just making sure someone like Acme hadn't purchased WD recently. I installed a 160gig secondary awhile back on the same machine. It's a WD and he said it's been fine.
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I've been seeing most complaints about Maxtor lately. They were recently aquired by Seagate but I don't know if that will make a difference.

I prefer a longer warranty when making a decision, but even a warranty doesn't do you much good if you don't backup.
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i've used pretty much every brand over the last 10 years at home and work and there is no difference. few weeks ago i took a bunch of HD's to work to open them up and destroy the platters manually and they all looked the same inside
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I've always used Seagate and have never had a problem. They're quiet and have a five-year warranty. I'm mostly a fan of the warranty.

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