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    Are these the same hard drives?

    I'm looking for a new SATA HDD. I was browsing dabs and saw these:

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB S300
    http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx...00,12,47240000

    Maxtor DiamondMax10 300Gb S300
    http://www.dabs.com/ProductView.aspx...0413&InMerch=1

    I know they are different sizes, but are they the same drive underneath? I remember Seagate bought out Maxtor a little while ago, and as drives are both called S300 did Seagate just stick their name on a Maxtor drive, or vise-versa?

    I only ask beacuse I'm a big Maxtor fan having bought them for many years (and used to buy Qunatum drives before Maxtor bought them out!) and only had 1 failure (which was my fault anyway), and if this is actually a rebranded Maxtor then I'll be very tempted.

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    No they aren't mate, I think you'll find that the 'S300' refers to SATA300 and not the drive model. As far as I am aware it's to do with the speeds/revisions of the SATA data/drive system.

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    Maxtor drives are woeful (loyalty will get you nowhere if it breaks and takes all your fave porn with it ). Also, the new Seagate 7200.10's are meant to be really noisey when seeking (even worse on the 750GB models).

    For my new Conroe build I'm going for two of the Samsung Spinpoint P120s, ultra quiet and yet still speedy.

    Cheapest ATM here
    Last edited by Listy2021; 11-09-2006 at 05:23 PM.

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    Can someone recommend a 300Gb or more SATA-300 drive that someone has in stock?

    Like I say, I like Maxtor, as I've had about 10 drives and the only one not working anymore blew because I accidently covered the exhaust hole on the top with an internal card reader, and the drive went boom! My fault entirely.

    For the opposite reasons, I dislike Western Digital, as I've had 4 or so, and only 1 still works. The others broke at some point in their lives.

    I'm willing to give Seagate and Samsung a try. I have an external Seagate drive, and that's been fine so far. Never tried Samsung, but heard good things. Hitachi I have no knowledge of.

    Thanks.

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    Well I have a 40GB Seagate that has lasted years and is quiet, I also have a 200GB Seagate 7200.7 which is quiet and has also lasted years, and I'm getting 2x320GB Seagate 7200.10 Sata drives for my new rig. This drive. It'll turn up tomorrow (solong as Citylink don't screw me over like they did today), I'll be able to give feedback same time tomorrow about it if you like.

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    Yes, I'd like. Thanks.

    The Seagate is a good size, and the price is right (although it's a few more £s in Scan then elsewhere, but they do have it in stock).

    After looking at a few, it seems to come out on top in most benchmarks, and the extra 20gb over some of the others is quite a big plus.
    Last edited by Silent Shark; 11-09-2006 at 07:10 PM.

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    Well I've got my new system up and running and I have to say these 7200.10s are nice, but they do produce some noise (I'm sure it's them and not the fans). I'm going to be running more tests to see if it is the fans or the HDDs. For the price thought I don't think you can go wrong really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Listy2021 View Post
    loyalty will get you nowhere if it breaks and takes all your fave porn with it
    running maxtors since 1997. all porn since 1997. internet complaints are no substitute for real world experience
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    I used maxtor drives up until the beginning of last year when I overhauled my main rig, and started using 2 x 200GB Sata300 WD Caviar drives :

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=236952

    They've been coping with running for weeks at a time in recent months and there haven't been any problems. Having said that, I've been using my old Maxtors in back-up machines and external enclosures and they've not had any trouble - they are slightly noiser though as far as I have noticed.
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    I swear by Maxtors. Not had any problems with them.
    Just got a seagate 7200.10 myself due to a great price ! - it is a bit noisey as you said FInalD. I also find it gets hotter than previous Seagates by quite a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    Just got a seagate 7200.10 myself due to a great price ! - it is a bit noisey as you said FInalD. I also find it gets hotter than previous Seagates by quite a bit.
    Thanks for this reply (and FInalD too). Just cemented my purchase of two Samsung P120s (probably the best ATM for the quiet + performance middle ground).

    I can't stand noisy drives, so am willing to sacrifice some speed for the sake of my sanity

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadduckUK View Post
    running maxtors since 1997. all porn since 1997. internet complaints are no substitute for real world experience
    You somehow managed to miss the very hot spot of the 20-30gb ones manufactured in mid-2000 to mid-2002 then? Rather famous due to Tiny equipping all their PCs with them at the time, then usually just out of the 1 year warranty they all broke, without fail. We'd bought a load of Tiny PCs at work just before I arrived, and in every one of them the hard drive failed. They still 'work' in one sense to this day, but after 1-2 hours they become so hot they just seize up until they're down to room temperature again.

    Seen plenty of complaints of recent Maxtors for being similar, though less predictable - a mate at a company down south is suffering that fate at the moment.

    All hard drives fail - it's expected of mechanical devices after all - but the regularity of Maxtor ones put off those who've seen it in a corporate area.

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    Well mine don't run hot, but then I do have a fan cooling them

    I think the most of the noise is when I try to do too much at once on one of the drives, and to run all the platters, which is a rare occurance, only happening/happened because of installing things etc. att he moment. The main noise in my case is infact my graphics card...which I'll hopefully be sorting out an aftermarket cooler for it soon.

    FinalD

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