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    What Hard Drive

    Might be getting a new hard drive, so what IDE hard drive brand is best? I was thinking of Seagate since I've used them before, and its been fine. Read lots of good things about them as well. Not sure about the size yet, but I'm on a fairly small budget.

    I was originally thinking of something quite small like this: http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.asp?sku=116435&cks=SER

    But this: http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.asp?sku=118031&cks=SER is only £20 more (about 50% more), and triples the space, so I'd like something around that sort of price.

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    seagate, samsung, etc all good.
    with samsung you get a 3yr warranty on all of their hard drives, so for me, that makes everyone else a no-go.

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    three samsungs & 2 wd's in my systems. the second wd i only got because i already had the first, the samsungs were explicitly bought.

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    western digital also offer a 3 year warranty with all drives.
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    I'd go WD... But samsung, maxtor and all those would work aswell I'd guess. Got 2 raptors in my main and 6 IDE 200GBs in my file-server. Just love em You get 3 years warranty with all WDs, and 5 years with their raptors.
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    Well performance wise the Hitachi/ibm's are way ahead of all the other 7200's

    Western Digitals are good performers but noisy as they don't have fdb

    Seagates are the quietest, Maxtors perform roughly the same, bit louder.

    http://www.Storagereview.com

    is the place to go

    good read http://www.storagereview.com/article...5VLSA80_1.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by m@ttz
    western digital also offer a 3 year warranty with all drives.
    Not true
    "Western Digital Hard Drives (not purchased as part of a retail hard drive kit)
    WD Caviar® and WD Protégé® EIDE hard drives carry a Standard Warranty Period of one (1) year. WD Caviar® SE EIDE, and WD Caviar® SE SATA hard drives carry a Standard Warranty Period of three (3) years. WD Raptor™ Enterprise SATA hard drives carry a Standard Warranty Period of five (5) years. Western Digital external hard drives carry a Standard Warranty Period of one (1) year.

    Western Digital-branded Retail Hard Drive Kits
    All Western Digital-branded retail hard drive kits, with the exception of WD Raptor drives, carry a Standard Warranty Period of one (1) year unless indicated otherwise on the package. Western Digital-branded WD Raptor retail hard drive kits carry a Standard Warranty Period of five (5) years."

    I would go with Samsungs personally - preferably 8mb cache.
    Last edited by BUFF; 02-06-2004 at 01:24 PM.

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    Has anybody had any problems with particular brands of hard drives? Reliability is my main concern. Performance isn't really that important (obviously I would like it reasonably fast).

    At the moment, it's between the Seagate 120GB 8mb: http://www.savastore.com/products/pr...0270187&pid=44

    And the IBM 120GB 8mb: http://www.savastore.com/products/pr...0268541&pid=44

    Is the performance that noticable between them? I don't do anything particularly intensive, a game will probably be the limit of how hard it'll be pushed.

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    Seagate and WD get my vote. Seagate are very good, i've been using their drives for yonks and they have never failed on me. Performance wise I like raptors but as your not pushing your rig very much i'd go with a Seagate 120Gb, seagate have excellent customer service aswell

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_w
    Has anybody had any problems with particular brands of hard drives? Reliability is my main concern. Performance isn't really that important (obviously I would like it reasonably fast).

    At the moment, it's between the Seagate 120GB 8mb: http://www.savastore.com/products/pr...0270187&pid=44

    And the IBM 120GB 8mb: http://www.savastore.com/products/pr...0268541&pid=44

    Is the performance that noticable between them? I don't do anything particularly intensive, a game will probably be the limit of how hard it'll be pushed.

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    the seagate is noticably slower, and also noticably quieter. the ibm drives are big & fast & hot - and i still don't trust them after the 45gxp fiasco

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    Quote Originally Posted by directhex
    the ibm drives are big & fast & hot - and i still don't trust them after the 45gxp fiasco
    ditto

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    OT - Mike, where abouts in Herts are you m8?
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