Hard Drives and quality

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What do you think is the better quality hard drive

Seagate
12
13%
Maxtor
32
34%
IBM
2
2%
Western Digital
45
48%
Other? please reply why other thanks.
2
2%
 
Total votes : 93

Postby evasive » Sun Aug 17, 2003 7:02 am

Ah, so 2 pieces of 36GB Raptor then.
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Postby Copper » Sun Aug 17, 2003 2:53 pm

all my hardrives are maxtor they work the the best for me WD is my next perfered choise but i find IBM and seagate are the poorest and are the makes i have most trouble with
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Postby joshvee » Sun Aug 17, 2003 4:31 pm

kevinloh wrote:I choose Western Digital as you can see from my signature. It's fast, reliable and really durable. It copies files very fast unless you compress the drive to FAT32. And I've been using this drive for 2.5 yrs without any problems with it. WD rulezz

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OK well first of all if you had 2 raptors (WD SATA 10000rpm) that would make it 73.4gig not 72 gig and secondly these drives were not arround 2.5 years ago and niether was SATA. The Raptors were only released this year......
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Postby kevinloh » Mon Aug 18, 2003 1:45 am

Sorry Josh what I meant to say was I had a 40GB IDE WD harddisk 2.5 yrs ago and it worked perfect. :wink:
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Postby kevinloh » Mon Aug 18, 2003 1:46 am

Sorry Josh what I meant to say was I had a 40GB IDE WD harddisk 2.5 yrs ago and it worked perfect and also yes it is 73.4 gigs. :wink:

Might also want to check out this website http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.html?i=1799&p=5
http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.html?i=1799&p=6
http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.html?i=1799&p=7

As you can see the WD drives are extrmely good in Content Creation and even better than the SCSI ones
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one for the seagate fans

Postby mike_d » Mon Aug 18, 2003 3:07 am

i must admit i'm baseing my judgement on fairly current technology - i do have a very old maxtor and a very old WD which still function well, however i currently have 3 systems each running a 7200rpm seagate (2x40G 1x60G) and cannot fault them for reliablity or speed.

but for my money, the most impressive aspect of these drives is the noise - they produce NONE; I've even stuck my ear right against the drive during continuous activity and can't hear a thing. it's to the point that i can't take seriously any computer that has an audable hard disk.

thats my 2c worth.
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Postby evasive » Mon Aug 18, 2003 6:27 am

Barracuda series? If so, which one?
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Postby joshvee » Mon Aug 18, 2003 7:43 am

um I choose the Barracuda...EAT ME model
thats what I'd choose......do you get the hint that I hate seagate? :lol:
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Postby evasive » Mon Aug 18, 2003 7:48 am

I know. We have sold 10 seagate disks in the past two years and got one back within months. So that's 10% dead within warranty. We usually put in WD and even the Protege series have a lower failure rate...
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Postby Aussie » Mon Aug 18, 2003 11:45 am

I currently have four drives to RMA. Two IBM's (one with the "deathstar click" & one I suspect the owner dropped but he's not admitting it), one Western Digital 80Gb BB (see below) and one Seagate 40Gb 7200rpm.

I had a situation arise where a Seagate 80Gb 7200rpm died in a new computer I had sold only 2 months previous, to save the customer waiting for an RMA I replaced the drive with a WD 80Gb BB out of stock which promptly died 3 months later. :cry:

Again I replaced the drive out of stock to save the customer waiting for an RMA. When I got the replacement WD back from RMA it had "REFURBISHED" in big blue letters across it so, not wanting to put this refurbished drive into a new computer I decided that it would be an ideal upgrade for my file & print server.

I spent Saturday swapping drives, transferring data and applying a couple of other changes to the way the server was set up on the network finally putting the machine back into service in the early hours of Sunday morning. I awoke the next day to find the server off-line. The reason? Hard drive failure. :evil: :evil:

Now I'm really glad I didn't put that drive into a customers computer considering that it didn't last for more than 12 hours in service but I'm going to be really p*ssed off if its replacement comes back with the same blue lettering on it I can tell you.

I've never RMA'd as many drives as I have in the last 12 months and they've been from all three of the "big names" in hard drives. In my opinion hard drive reliability has gone to the dogs and obviously the manufacturers agree otherwise they wouldn't have suddenly, all virtually at the same time, reduced their warranty's from 3 years to 1 year.

That's got to be just a bit suspect hasn't it?

The Western Digital JB series was starting to look attractive if only for the three year warranty but my experience with this BB model has me thinking twice about that.


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