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Anonymous
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April 14, 2004 5:51:35 PM

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Spped and reliability are in question. Need to buy a 160gb SATA drive for my new system. Both are in the sub $120 range.
Please let me know ur thoughts.

Dennis

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April 14, 2004 7:41:52 PM

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WD. No Q.
Anonymous
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April 14, 2004 8:25:58 PM

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3in4 <husker3in4@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote in message news:<qv1r705ov5fd5rfrom3a7cduql6o532m5f@4ax.com>...
> Spped and reliability are in question. Need to buy a 160gb SATA drive for my new system. Both are in the sub $120 range.
> Please let me know ur thoughts.
>
> Dennis

I've always used Maxtor drives and have been satisfied with their
performance and reliability. I'm down on Western Digital because there
was a compatibility with the IDE ports on my ABIT KT7A. As I recall,
you had to cut a wire on the cable to make it work. Anyway, I give the
edge to Maxtor just because of the compatibilty. Also, they tend to be
cheaper because I see more rebate aggressive offers for Maxtor. HTH.

arnie
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Anonymous
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April 15, 2004 1:59:32 AM

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I'd buy Samsung (if you prefer quiet) or Hitachi (for the best
performance in the 7200 rpm class), or Seagate as a fallback option.
From WD I'd only buy a 2nd gen Raptor (their 7200rpm drives show
noticeably higher idle noise levels than those of other manufacturers;
in fact, the Raptors are much quieter), and current Maxtors' reliability
seems average at most.

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April 15, 2004 3:21:11 AM

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Both are decent drives.

Maxtor have really improved over the last 12 months or so. Their new drives are
very good. I've used quite a few of their Plus 9 drives which all use fluid
bearings and they are almost silent in operation, fast too. I've not had any
duff ones so far in the last 30 to 50 I've fitted. TBH You wont go wrong with
either make.

John
Anonymous
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April 15, 2004 3:23:58 AM

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Maxtor currently has serious reliability problems. WD's are solid as a
rock.

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"3in4" <husker3in4@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:qv1r705ov5fd5rfrom3a7cduql6o532m5f@4ax.com...
> Spped and reliability are in question. Need to buy a 160gb SATA drive for
my new system. Both are in the sub $120 range.
> Please let me know ur thoughts.
>
> Dennis
Anonymous
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April 15, 2004 4:20:44 AM

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On Wed, 14 Apr 2004 13:51:35 -0500, 3in4
<husker3in4@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote:

>Spped and reliability are in question. Need to buy a 160gb SATA drive for my new system. Both are in the sub $120 range.
>Please let me know ur thoughts.
>
>Dennis

Maxtor are probably faster, but they are not reliable. After saying
that, my WD drive I bought a few weeks back had a fault, but my
friends assure me I was just unlucky.
April 15, 2004 5:11:01 AM

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reliable??? Seagate

I'd never use 'reliable' and WD in the same sentence in a positive light.

"3in4" <husker3in4@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Spped and reliability are in question. Need to buy a 160gb SATA drive for
my new system. Both are in the sub $120 range.
> Please let me know ur thoughts.
>
> Dennis
>
Anonymous
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April 15, 2004 5:11:02 AM

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Just goes to show that everyone will offer their opinion which are
typically based on a very small sample set of experiences. In my
experience, I've had 2 drives fail, a Seagate (1 gig) and an IBM GXP
drive (20 gig). Nary a failure with many Quantum, WD, and Maxtor
drives. But a sample set of approximately 20-30 (my experiences) out
of the hundreds of millions of drives produced does not yield valid
statistical data.

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"KJ" <here@there.net> wrote in message
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| reliable??? Seagate
|
| I'd never use 'reliable' and WD in the same sentence in a positive
light.
|
| "3in4" <husker3in4@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
| news:qv1r705ov5fd5rfrom3a7cduql6o532m5f@4ax.com...
| > Spped and reliability are in question. Need to buy a 160gb SATA
drive for
| my new system. Both are in the sub $120 range.
| > Please let me know ur thoughts.
| >
| > Dennis
| >
|
|
Anonymous
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April 15, 2004 5:43:51 AM

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3in4 <husker3in4@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:<qv1r705ov5fd5rfrom3a7cduql6o532m5f@4ax.com>...
> Spped and reliability are in question. Need to buy a 160gb SATA drive for my
new system. Both are in the sub $120 range.
> Please let me know ur thoughts.
>
> Dennis



I have not had a single Maxtor drive go bad in the last 3 years i have used
them. Very quiet and fast. i just got my first WD raptor drive,very quiet and
very fast,although a bit pricey. DOUG
Anonymous
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April 15, 2004 3:50:48 PM

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A small follow-up to my previous post. It should be considered that
the usage of each HD has an impact on life expectancy. If the case
has poor ventilation/cooling, you might expect the HD to fail sooner,
particularly the 7200 rpm (or faster) HDs which tend to run quite
warm.

Presently, I have 2 HDs in this system, a WD and an IBM, both 40 gig.
The IBM is running 6-10 degrees C hotter due to the case design and
the internal placement of the HDs. I expect the IBM may not last as
long under these conditions. Presently, the WD drive is at 36C and
the IBM at 42C. I note the IBM drive is used only for early morning
HD backup right now, so it spins-down most of the time, yet its temp
remains much higher than the WD drive due to it's position within the
case (the IBM drive rests in a 5-1/4 drive bay that also includes a
front USB connection (it's an Antec USB panel product, and I noticed
there were internal mounting ears for mounting a HD to it, so that's
where I mounted my backup drive). The USB panel/drive mount adapter
includes slots on the front for air to enter/exit, but up high in the
case where it's mounted, it's difficult to get air to move. I may try
one of those HD coolers I've seen at a few sites. I might also try
changing my fan arrangement to only draw air into the cabinet (reverse
all my fans so all blow out).

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Kyle
"Kylesb" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
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| Just goes to show that everyone will offer their opinion which are
| typically based on a very small sample set of experiences. In my
| experience, I've had 2 drives fail, a Seagate (1 gig) and an IBM GXP
| drive (20 gig). Nary a failure with many Quantum, WD, and Maxtor
| drives. But a sample set of approximately 20-30 (my experiences)
out
| of the hundreds of millions of drives produced does not yield valid
| statistical data.
|
| --
| Best regards,
| Kyle
| "KJ" <here@there.net> wrote in message
| news:Filfc.471609$Po1.204756@twister.tampabay.rr.com...
| | reliable??? Seagate
| |
| | I'd never use 'reliable' and WD in the same sentence in a positive
| light.
| |
| | "3in4" <husker3in4@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
| | news:qv1r705ov5fd5rfrom3a7cduql6o532m5f@4ax.com...
| | > Spped and reliability are in question. Need to buy a 160gb SATA
| drive for
| | my new system. Both are in the sub $120 range.
| | > Please let me know ur thoughts.
| | >
| | > Dennis
| | >
| |
| |
|
Anonymous
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April 15, 2004 5:02:20 PM

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In article <pmhr70d9eat06jfukt1tl746c8bj8q6r84@4ax.com>,
Johnsimon@nowhere.net says...
> On Wed, 14 Apr 2004 13:51:35 -0500, 3in4
> <husker3in4@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> >Spped and reliability are in question. Need to buy a 160gb SATA drive for my new system. Both are in the sub $120 range.
> >Please let me know ur thoughts.
> >
> >Dennis
>
> Maxtor are probably faster, but they are not reliable. After saying
> that, my WD drive I bought a few weeks back had a fault, but my
> friends assure me I was just unlucky.

In the 20+ years I've been purchasing drives I can say that every vendor
produces a batch of bad drives in cycles. As you switch from the current
problem vendor they clean up their problem and the next vendor comes out
with a bad batch, then the next vendor, etc...

What you need to do is find a vendor that still provides a 3+ year
warranty on their hard drives and then read current technical reviews on
the drives. In most cases, unless a drive fails in the first 30 days
it's going to operate for years without a problem.

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Anonymous
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April 15, 2004 7:12:23 PM

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The WD 250GB I bought has only 1 year warranty. They have an extended
warranty to go 3 years for around $20. Maybe I should buy the extended
warranty. Does anyone know if they have restriction on when you can buy the
warranty? eg. within one month of purchasing the warranty?

TIA


> In the 20+ years I've been purchasing drives I can say that every
> vendor produces a batch of bad drives in cycles. As you switch from
> the current problem vendor they clean up their problem and the next
> vendor comes out with a bad batch, then the next vendor, etc...
>
> What you need to do is find a vendor that still provides a 3+ year
> warranty on their hard drives and then read current technical reviews
> on the drives. In most cases, unless a drive fails in the first 30
> days it's going to operate for years without a problem.
>
Anonymous
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April 15, 2004 7:12:24 PM

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cpliu wrote:

> The WD 250GB I bought has only 1 year warranty. They have an extended
> warranty to go 3 years for around $20. Maybe I should buy the extended
> warranty. Does anyone know if they have restriction on when you can buy the
> warranty? eg. within one month of purchasing the warranty?

The 1 year warranty is a manufacturer's warranty.

The extended warranty is probably the vendor's warranty, and
hence the purchase time frame and the terms of the warranty
would be set by the vendor. If it is a vendor's warranty, make
sure the vendor has been around for a few years and seems likely
to be around for a few more - there is not much point in buying
their warranty if they'll go tits up next month.


>
> TIA
>
>
>
>>In the 20+ years I've been purchasing drives I can say that every
>>vendor produces a batch of bad drives in cycles. As you switch from
>>the current problem vendor they clean up their problem and the next
>>vendor comes out with a bad batch, then the next vendor, etc...
>>
>>What you need to do is find a vendor that still provides a 3+ year
>>warranty on their hard drives and then read current technical reviews
>>on the drives. In most cases, unless a drive fails in the first 30
>>days it's going to operate for years without a problem.
>>
>
>
April 15, 2004 7:19:21 PM

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I have had Maxtor in the past and encountered nothing but problems. I have
usd WD ever since with no problems. I have been using the WD 80gig 8mb
cache.


"3in4" <husker3in4@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Spped and reliability are in question. Need to buy a 160gb SATA drive for
my new system. Both are in the sub $120 range.
> Please let me know ur thoughts.
>
> Dennis
Anonymous
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April 15, 2004 8:25:25 PM

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Thanks for the info guys. I ordered a WD 160gb SATA drive yesterday for $115.

Seems lots of people think these 2 brands are equally reliable. I guess what it came down to was speed and noise.
The avg read time is listed faster for the WD, and on many reviews the WD is quieter.

On Thu, 15 Apr 2004 15:19:21 GMT, "Bob" <bobd2000@pacbell.net> wrote:

>I have had Maxtor in the past and encountered nothing but problems. I have
>usd WD ever since with no problems. I have been using the WD 80gig 8mb
>cache.
>
>
>"3in4" <husker3in4@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
>news:qv1r705ov5fd5rfrom3a7cduql6o532m5f@4ax.com...
>> Spped and reliability are in question. Need to buy a 160gb SATA drive for
>my new system. Both are in the sub $120 range.
>> Please let me know ur thoughts.
>>
>> Dennis
>
Anonymous
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April 15, 2004 9:42:53 PM

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I suspect installation has a lot to do with the HD life. I installed 2
maxtor drives in the front lower portion of the case that had no fans set up as
raid O. The drives were very warm, almost hot to the touch even with
the side cover off. I then installed 2 fans that blew cold air across them
and they were not even warm. I could see if the drive was installed where
there was no cooling they would fail after a while. DOUG
Anonymous
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April 17, 2004 10:41:20 AM

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Rob Stow <rob.stow@sasktel.net> wrote in
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> cpliu wrote:
>
>> The WD 250GB I bought has only 1 year warranty. They have an extended
>> warranty to go 3 years for around $20. Maybe I should buy the
>> extended warranty. Does anyone know if they have restriction on when
>> you can buy the warranty? eg. within one month of purchasing the
>> warranty?
>
> The 1 year warranty is a manufacturer's warranty.
>
> The extended warranty is probably the vendor's warranty, and
> hence the purchase time frame and the terms of the warranty
> would be set by the vendor. If it is a vendor's warranty, make
> sure the vendor has been around for a few years and seems likely
> to be around for a few more - there is not much point in buying
> their warranty if they'll go tits up next month.
>

No, it's inside the box of the package from Western Digital. I guess they
don't want to provide long warranty still be competitive in pricing. I
might go with the extended warranty from WD since 2 of their drives I own
died just before the 3-year warranty expired.
Anonymous
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April 17, 2004 12:26:35 PM

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On Thu, 15 Apr 2004 16:25:25 -0500, 3in4
<husker3in4@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote:

>Thanks for the info guys. I ordered a WD 160gb SATA drive yesterday for $115.
>
>Seems lots of people think these 2 brands are equally reliable. I guess what it came down to was speed and noise.
>The avg read time is listed faster for the WD, and on many reviews the WD is quieter.

I hope you're not having it sent to you ;) 

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