I've been running WD JB drives for a few years now but happened to have a costco gift card so I picked up a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 160GB drive. It's noisy. Real noisy. Sounds like a bunch of marbles going down the drain.
Is this normal? Yes I'm overexagerating a bit, but compared to the JB drives it's very noisy and I can hear the drive working all the damn time.
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The correct warranty information can be found on the respective websites. OEM drives and retail kits have only 1 years warranty (2 in Europe), almost all other 8mb, 7200rpm drives have 3 year warranty.
Based on that table, my WD drive should be noiser than the Maxtor, but I can barely hear TWO JB drives in my system yet the Maxtor sounds horrible. It's constantly moving the head across the platters with a very annoying sound.
Well, all I can tell you is my personal experience and the personal experience of frineds and relitives. Based on that, Maxtors tend to be loud and WD tend not to be (don't personally know anyone w/raptor drive-I would suspect it might be louder than 7200RPM drives.
Storage review measured idle noise only; maybe the Maxtor actuator is particularly noisy. Personally I never heard actuator noise above the background humm but I guess in a quieter system it might be significant.
I bought WD 120GB 8mb cache (<b><font color=red>Retail</b></font color=red>) 2 months ago, and it has only 1 yr warranty (written down on its label; and when I registered it on WD's website, it also showed the same). However, Hitachi 8mb cache Hds all have 3 yr warranties.
:smile: Good or Bad have no meaning at all, depends on what your point of view is.
I've been refurbishing systems for 7 years, most of my dead drives have been WD. Early on, most of my dead drives were from Quantum, but Quantum got somewhat better after 1995!
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Both Maxtor drives I've bought have been crap. They're both dead. My old Quantum Fireball AS was a good drive for a while until it died too. I've still got an ancient 2 GB Seagate drive still going, and I've loved every WD drive I've ever bought.