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October 15, 2003 7:41:19 AM

Hey there,

I recently purchased a Maxtor Diamond Max 9 Plus hard drive, with 120 GB capacity, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB cache, ATA 133, and 9.3 seek time.

Unfortuntely it arrived dead/faulty, and I have since contacted the place I bought it from. It has a 1 year warranty.

They can either replace it with the same Maxtor as above, or replace it with a Seagate 7200.7 with the same specs as the Maxtor, except an 8.5 seek time, and only ATA 100. It has a 3 year warranty.

What would you guys advise? Is ATA 133 much better than ATA 100? Or would I be better off going with the Seagate 7200.7, with a faster seek time, and longer warranty?

I've read reviews of both drives, and it appears both have their advantages and disadvantages to each other. The only reason I originally wanted the Maxtor was due to the ATA 133, although I have heard it is not any better than ATA 100.

Thanks for your help, as always, you guys are a great bunch of knowledge!


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October 15, 2003 12:36:16 PM

ATA133 isn't much better than ATA100. The better seek time and longer warranty seems to me the better deal.
October 16, 2003 12:49:09 AM

I would go with the ATA 100 drive.. I don't think that any IDE hard drive can burst more then 100mbs anyway, so you'll be covered. The quicker seek time and warranty are much better.
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October 16, 2003 8:05:04 AM

Go with the Seagate. I've had a lot less trouble with them than Maxtor. Had about a 1 in 10 failure rate with Maxtor. Seagate have been far more reliable.

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October 16, 2003 10:34:05 PM

IDE133 won't give you anything more.... and the fact that the store is offering you a different model suggests that they've had a lot of returns on the Maxtors..... I'd go with the Seagate.