Check out the Western Digital 120 GB Drive...either the WD1200BB or WD1200JB. The BB version has 2 MB cache on it and the JB is the gorilla with 8 MB cache. Both drives put out close to 50 MB per second and are the fastest EIDE drives on the market...run you around $200-$225.
I would not trust IBM IDE drives (SCSI is another thing) as I have seen problems lately. The older ones are great, but the last 2 generations have been flakey at best. Id say Western Digital, esp if you can afford the 8meg special edition as its the fastest around =)
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May 2, 2002 1:44:37 PM
i cant trust Maxtor nor Western Digital but maybe seagate, fujitsu and of course IBM.
but seagate disks are a little weak.
im puzzling about IBM disks because i have never had an issue with.
hey, im a newbie, keep it easy men. be cool and be patient. thanks.
Matisaro speaks right. Nobody had enough time to judge the 120GXP.
If the numbers have the right I can only give some information.
There were some 75GXP series drives with some defects. The other drives run since several years without problems. I have four 75GXP in a RAID 0 array since 2 years, working almost 24/7 and I never had any problems. I also have two 60 GXP which run with no problems. Three years ago I had problems with a Quantum Fireball Ka (read Maxtor) The disk died without any previous malfunctioning. I also destroied an old Conner drive. I had also a problem with a 75 GXP drive which was too noisy. The IBM reseller changed the drive with a new one. I bought an IBM 120GXP 120 GB some months ago. It works great (but it is a little noisy during the accessing operations, not for the high speed rotation).
The 120GXP works 24/7 with no problems, the body temperature is even lower then the 60GXP.
I was also worried about the 333 hours/month issue so I wrote to IBM technical support. They say that the disk is targetted to a typical usage of 333 hours/month but can works 24/7 without problems.
Obviously each mechanical stuff has its end. The 120GXP maybe will die in 3÷5 years, who knows. But I know that in a couple of years I will substitute the disk with a serial ATA drive.
Summarizing I don't believe that it is possible to say that a particular disk will end before an other. IBM, Western Digital and Maxtor are leading brand for HDD and their top class products are really great objects.
One more information. Promise technical support classify the above mentioned disk drives as very good drive for RAID purposes even if the latest Maxtor drive "works great".