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Poll: 120GB Hard Disks with 8MB cache

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January 13, 2004 5:21:50 PM

Please give some comments about these drives:

-HD CAVIAR SE/120GB UIDE100 7200RPM 8MB WD1200JB, <b>100e</b>
-DESKSTAR 7K250 120GB DMA/100 7200RPM 8MB, <b>98e</b>
-BARRACUDA 7200.7 120GB ULTRA ATA/100 8MB, <b>96e</b>
-DIAMONDMAX+9 120GB DMA133 7200RPM 8MB, <b>94e</b>
-SAMSUNG SP80 120GB DMA/133 7200 RPM 8MB, <b>88e</b>

Prices are from Finnish net-store <A HREF="http://www.mikromaja.fi" target="_new">Mikromaja</A> (in Euros)
January 13, 2004 5:25:23 PM

I have a WD1200JB and I love it....highly recommend it!

EDIT: Oh yeah, I've had nothing but bad experiences with Maxtor.

Maxtor disgraces the six letters that make Matrox.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Vapor on 01/13/04 02:26 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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January 13, 2004 11:41:50 PM

...I don't make love to HDDs, never said it. My WD1200JB is the only drive (other than my two Raptors-but those are new) that has NEVER had a problem.

Oh yeah, I've had an 80% 2-month failure rate of my Maxtors (excludes my Fireball's failure). 3 out of the five I've had (this excludes my 30GB Quantum Fireball that died) died within 4 four weeks. One lasted 6 weeks and the final one has lasted about 10 months. My fireball died after 14 months of light usage. Maybe I've just had bad luck with Maxtor/Quantum or tremendous success with every other comapany (except HGST, but would definitely still buy their products).

Maxtor disgraces the six letters that make Matrox.
January 14, 2004 12:05:23 AM

I second this Vapor.

I've had a few WD drives now and they are great. Fast, reliable...

I've also had 2 maxtor drives. One died just after warranty, and the other one gets a "warning, imminent drive failure detected" on POST but continues to run... Scary.

Some day I'll be rich and famous for inventing a device that allows you to stab people in the face over the internet.
January 14, 2004 7:16:53 PM

Go with western digital. I have 2 and they're great.

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January 14, 2004 10:56:28 PM

Big ditto with WD. 80GB 7200rpm w/8MB cache, and it's the best purchase I've ever made.

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January 15, 2004 12:52:00 AM

It's a bit of a crap shoot. I have had many many drives over the years and the last 3 or 4 years I have always used Maxtor. Anyway I have NEVER had a drive fail they just keep on going. I saw vapor complaing about maxtor and him and others saying how great western digital is.

So I was in a local computer store and they had this awesome deal on a couple of W/D 160 gig drives. I thought I better get W/D this time don't want to push my luck I have had with Maxtor. Yeah as you can probably guess one of the new W/D drives just failed click click and dead. Good news store gave me another one just a couple of hours ago no RMAing involved. So you just never know.

If I glanced at a spilt box of tooth picks on the floor, could I tell you how many are in the pile. Not a chance, But then again I don't have to buy my underware at Kmart.
January 15, 2004 6:58:07 AM

I'd recommend Western Digital and Seagate. Both produce excellent quality drives. Seagate seem to have really come back strong.

Personally I'd steer clear of Maxtor. I've seen hundreds of them fail over the last 18 months. I've noticed patterns in the failures allied to manufacturers date. Maxtor have a problem.

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January 15, 2004 4:31:27 PM

There's so much luck, IMO. My Maxtors just didn't want to work, and I think I kept getting replacements from the same batch until the last one. Either way, I'm not getting a Maxtor unless they do something revolutionary (á la Raptor). WD and HGST have served me well so far (minus the one 7k250), so why abandon them?

Maxtor disgraces the six letters that make Matrox.
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