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Postby kaga on Tue Oct 14, 2003 1:06 am

can anyone recommed a good hard drive? i am currently using WD 80GB 8mb buffer.
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Postby eliminator on Tue Oct 14, 2003 1:42 am

same... Bigger! :wink:
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Postby Dartman on Tue Oct 14, 2003 1:51 am

Well I just had my first WD drive dies yesterday. A just over 3 year old 20 gig, it started clunking all of a sudden and eventually wouldn't read anymore and stopped the other drive with it from working too. Luckily it didn't damage anything else and it mainly was just storing old data.
Gave me an excuse to install my new 120 gig SE drive that I'm still slowly redoing what I want on.
Always compartmentalise your stuff if you have many drives, you won't lose evrything when it dies. I can still boot to the last 2 versions of my OS if the main boot drive fails. Plus I can go back to yesterdays version if I don't like the way my new install is going or need to run somehting I haven't had time to redo. Basicly untill now I've had no failers with a WD in like 10 years.
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Postby CDRecorder on Tue Oct 14, 2003 2:10 am

I have been really happy with my Maxtors. (currently running 3, and I have two more 4-year-old Maxtors that still work fine). I haven't bought WD in a while because of bad experiences, but I think that my two WD drives were just from a defective batch of drives, or they were damaged in transit to the store where I bought them.
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Postby kaga on Tue Oct 14, 2003 2:12 am

i hear tck tck noises something think is time to get a new one other than wd
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Postby Dartman on Tue Oct 14, 2003 2:14 am

Smal ticking noises are probably just the drive seeking and working. Mine made a BIG clank, clank, clank noise, and even when it did read it was twice as loud as it had been before it died completely.
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Postby Action Jackson on Tue Oct 14, 2003 3:58 am

eliminator wrote:same... Bigger! :wink:


I agree. Got the 100Gb + 180GB SE's.
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Postby eliminator on Tue Oct 14, 2003 4:00 am

160gb here/jb :wink:
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Postby TheWizard on Tue Oct 14, 2003 4:09 am

I recommend any Western Digital, Maxtor, or Seagate drive. 2MB and 8MB don't make a huge difference, but 8MB has its nifty features. Just make sure the drive is ATA/100 or ATA/133 and 7200RPM. With the prices of large capacity drives so cheap nowadays, you can get a 120GB or above for way below retail!
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Postby eliminator on Tue Oct 14, 2003 5:16 pm

I even ordered a 7200rpm/8MB Hitachi 60GB hdd for my laptop 8)
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Postby CDRecorder on Tue Oct 14, 2003 6:22 pm

Very nice! I have an IBM drive in my laptop! (I think it was made right before IBM sold their HDD devision to Hitachi.)
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Postby TheWizard on Tue Oct 14, 2003 7:36 pm

How are IBM laptop drives? I'll never recommend their desktop ones.
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Postby Dartman on Tue Oct 14, 2003 7:58 pm

The earlier true IBM non glass platter desktop drives are very good and fast too. Now they are made by Hitachi and the quality is gone.
I have a 40 and a 80 in here and both have worked great so far and are fast and quiet. I also have a 20 gig Maxtor I got when they first released 7200 rpm 2 meg cache drives and it has been fine for a long time so far. The only drive to flat out die completely on me was that 3 year old Western Digital I all ready mentioned. I'm still getting my new 120 WD 8 meg SE drive setup with what I want so I'm going between it and the 80 gig IBM that is my old boot drive.
Too bad they are all starting to make one year warrantys on the normal grade drives and getting picky on warrantees now.
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Postby eliminator on Tue Oct 14, 2003 8:09 pm

Hitachi is on mobile HDD top now, Toshiba also makes a nice 5400rpm 60GB with a 16MB buffer ! 8)

Seagate also just came up with mobile HDDs
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Postby CDRecorder on Tue Oct 14, 2003 9:18 pm

eliminator wrote:Toshiba also makes a nice 5400rpm 60GB with a 16MB buffer ! 8)


Nice!
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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Wed Oct 15, 2003 1:00 am

Compusa has a Seagate (the best brand :wink: ) 120GB 7200rpm 8mb for $60 after $70 rebate.
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Postby kaga on Wed Oct 15, 2003 2:56 pm

hmm 60bucks for 120gb sounds good
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Postby kaga on Wed Oct 15, 2003 4:04 pm

damn all sold out
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Postby David on Wed Oct 15, 2003 4:14 pm

Staples has a Maxtor 160GB 7200rpm 8mb for $99.94 after $30.00 MIR.
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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Wed Oct 15, 2003 6:31 pm

also check out the www.outpost.com / fry's deals. they often have good deals on Hard drives.
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Postby TheWizard on Wed Oct 15, 2003 9:26 pm

So does eBay. :) I won three brand new, retail boxed Maxtor 160GB 8MB cache hard drives a few months ago for about $105 each, that's with shipping included. No rebates, just good old-fashioned savings.
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Postby Kennyshin on Mon Oct 20, 2003 5:21 pm

eliminator wrote:Hitachi is on mobile HDD top now, Toshiba also makes a nice 5400rpm 60GB with a 16MB buffer ! 8)

Seagate also just came up with mobile HDDs


The 40GB platter 2.5 drives are popular among storagereview forum members. I'd like to have some 80GB drives with 40GB per platter but they cost two times as much as 20GB platter drives.
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