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November 28, 2002 9:57:52 PM

Im having some dilemma shoosing what HD I should buy now... Anyone here that can help me out?

I got this Abit KT7A-RAID in my 1GHz PC. And on the site where I plan of buying they say that:
"Western Digital's HD's might have some problems with motherboards with VIA KT133A och 686B chipsets. Also might have some problems on KT7A (raid)" So that isnt a good shoice then...
They also say:
"Seagate's HD's doesnt work properly in RAID... ". This can I probably avoid, by putting one of my IBM HDs I got now in one RAID slot instead if I have to... (If they dont mean globaly, that motherboards with RAID doesnt go hand-in-hand with the Seagate)

Also, I've heard that IBM HD's is problematic having up and runing for long time (as a server then for instance), but even more than 8 hours isnt recomended ! (?)

So, after asking around quite much, they recomended the Maxor HD, and I think I will go for that, but since I was into buying the IBM one first (since I got only good experiences with IBM HD's :)  ), but I'm not sure what to do... So comments and as much experience here as possible thanx :)  ...

And which HD's am I talking about? Well, these:

IBM Deskstar 120GXP 120Gb 7200rpm 2Mb UDMA100 Silence! IDE ($223)
IBM Deskstar 180GXP 120Gb 7200rpm 8Mb UDMA100 IDE ($210)
Maxtor 6Y120P0 DiamondMaxPlus9 120Gb 7200rpm 8Mb UDMA133 Fluid IDE ($207) <-- This is the one I probably shoose!
Maxtor DiamondMaxPlus9 120Gb 7200rpm 2Mb UDMA133 IDE ($197)
Seagate Barracuda V 120Gb 7200rpm 2Mb UDMA100 IDE ($212)
Western Digital Caviar XL 120Gb 7200rpm 2Mb UDMA100 IDE ($193)
Western Digital Caviar XL 120Gb 7200rpm Special Edition (OBS! 8Mb cache!) UDMA100 IDE ($198)

Thanx,
Ace

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November 29, 2002 12:54:18 AM

I have a 40GB IBM HD and it is up and running 24hrs a day and I haven't had anytrouble worth speaking of. It runs stabley.

Looking at your list I would probably stick with the IBM drives if you have heard of problems with the Western Digital's. If not the IBM, can you get the Seagate and if it doesn't RAID return it?

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November 29, 2002 4:34:49 AM

You should also consider warranty. WD's special edition comes with a 3 year warranty. I'm not sure about Maxtor DM+9.
The previous maxtor series (D740X) were very loud when seeking. I havent yet seen any comments about the noise from the Maxtor DM+9.
I have a WD800JB and it is extremely quite when seeking. I really love it for that!

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November 29, 2002 11:03:57 PM

I've had to send back IBM drives a few times now, I have now been using Maxtor D740X drives without any problems and are very reliable, Maxtor would be my first choice of manufactor.
They don't sound noisy at all, but it might be that I can't hear them over the noise of all the case fans ;) 
November 30, 2002 12:24:03 AM

We are sure being helpful for this guy. So far there are three different opinions, and none of them agree, hehe.

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November 30, 2002 3:02:16 AM

I've had bad luck with Western Digital drives. But the JB series WD drives are still the only ones I recommend. Why? 3-year warranty. And if my experience is any indicator, you'll need it.

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December 1, 2002 4:52:59 AM

My experience is about 15% failure rates with Maxtor, and about 30% failure rates with WD, within 3 years. So I recommend a drive I've experienced twice the failure rate on simply because the warranty is good. I've heard the 60GXP was solid but the 75GXP was severly problematic.

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December 1, 2002 3:22:50 PM

Thanx ya all.. :) 
I picked the Maxtor 6Y120P0 DiamondMaxPlus9 120Gb 7200rpm 8Mb UDMA133 Fluid IDE ...

Good shoice eh? :) 
December 1, 2002 5:11:37 PM

Yeah, actually all the drives : Western Digital Caviar XL 120Gb 7200rpm Special Edition ;IBM Deskstar 180GXP 120Gb 7200rpm 8Mb and your Maxtor 6Y120P0 DiamondMaxPlus9 come with the 3yr warranty so you couldn't go wrong with these recommendations, and the west dig also has a fluid dynamic bearing (not sure about the IBM tho) ;)  Maxtor and West dig give 3yr on their special edition (read fluid bearing) hdd. =)
December 1, 2002 5:29:47 PM

Yes, I was recommending Maxtor for a long time.

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December 2, 2002 5:51:36 PM

As the user suggests that the drives will be part of an IDE raid array, therefore the recommendation of the 8 meg cache drives might be ill advised. While great performers in there own right, when used individually, I have seen numerous posts on other boards where there RAID performance was less than stellar. Without going into too much detail, it has to do with the caching alogirithms used not dealing with RAID sets properly. Very simular to the bad performance that the Seagate drives were having ( which I understand has been corrected with a firmware patch for the drive).

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December 2, 2002 7:29:52 PM
December 2, 2002 8:39:24 PM

As always, theres is more to cache sizes than expected. I also tried the ATTO program that several of the posters uses. Also with this program I get excellent results. I don't know why. But apperently (and luckily :smile: ) I don't have the problem.

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