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Beatonator    Posted 12th Jun 2006 10:45am
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Ok, I need a new Hard Drive. I didnt realise it, until I went to install UT2K4 that I was about to install over my last 5 Gigs.

I ahve used a 120GB hard drive, which I am shocked about. I never thought I could use that much!

I cleaned some off, to give me around 20GB, but I need to get a new one to add more room.

What Brands should I go for?

SeaGate?
Samsung?
Western Digital?
Maxtor?

I have no idea which are good. I BELIEVE I currently have a Samsung in my PC.

IDE, btw.
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cyrus5   Posted 12th Jun 2006 1:40pm
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so far my experiences would make me lean towards Seagate and Western Digital. I have an 80gb wd drive that i got, probably ~2002, a 120gb and a 160 gb sata seagate that i got in the last 2 years. The seagates are fast, quiet, cool and reliable. My maxtor here at work is a fireball waiting to happen. isnt so quiet or fast either. Though I will admit i didnt buy it so i dont know how old it is.

I have heard the samsung spinpoint harddrives are pretty nice but havent owned one myself.
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 Genxer    Posted 12th Jun 2006 1:52pm
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Maxtor 80 / 120 gig IDE - good drives, cheap as well.

Here 25 quid for an 80 and 40 quid for a 200
   
Beatonator    Posted 12th Jun 2006 6:29pm
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Hmmm 2 Conflicting replies. great stuff

Any more info?

that Maxtor is a good deal. I was looking at one for close to those prices, but thats without VAT.
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Assaultman67    Posted 12th Jun 2006 6:57pm
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i can't belive you're surprized you used up 120Gb ... i am currently using up 218GB of my 2 250Gb HD's (which i need to clean up )

I use Western Digital ... they seem to be reliable ... i have maxtors as well ... there are definitely some mixed opinions about those drives ... some people hate them while others like them ... i think its because some of their models are peices of crap while others are pretty reliable ...
   
Garner    Posted 12th Jun 2006 7:41pm
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Seagate now come with 5 YEARS warrenty as standard on ALL their drives.

Seagate have long been recognised one of the major brands of HDD manufacturers. If you want a good quiet and reliable drive I recommend only Seagate.

My 40Gb PATA133 Seagate drive is still going strong 4 years on in my primary machine. Its the ONLY drive brand I've ever owned that I haven't had a SINGLE disk failure.

I had a WD drive fail on me after a few months. That said, its replacement is still going strong 3 years later.

Maxtor - I've had 1 80Gb PATA and 2 80Gb SATA drives from, the PATA failed and was replaced with a drive that arrived dead... the second replacement has worked for the past 3 years just fine. The 2 SATA drives form my RAID 0 array in this machine and have worked flawlessly for the past 18 months (thats just jinxed them )

I've got about 190Gb of usable diskspace in this machine... only 25Gb of which is free. 12Gb or so is Vista and its installed programs mind you... but still that would only be 37Gb free out of this lot... must have more!

Looking at getting a new machine towards the end of the year/begining of next and the current plan is 3 or 4 Seagate 250Gb SATAII 16Meg Cache drives in RAID 5
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DVL_IAC   Posted 12th Jun 2006 8:58pm
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All I've really ever owned were Seagate's and I've never had a problem with them. Right now I have a 160GB, 250GB and 200GB Seagate and the 160's about a year and 2 months old, the 250 is about 9 months old and the 200 is about 6 months old and I've never had a problem with any. also I have an 80gb external HDD that's about 3 years old and it's a seagate and its still working fine.
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sobe    Posted 13th Jun 2006 7:47am
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Well, if you go for Maxtor, look at their Maxline and Diamondmax models. The Maxline models seem to be better than the Diamondmax.

Anyway, I just recently(About a month ago) had a Maxtor 3GB(Don't ask) fail on me, from which was from 97'!

It also seems that IBM had made excellent drives! I have 2x 9GB SCSI IBM drives, 1 from 97', and 1 from 98', still working flawlessly!

But, I have used Maxtor for YEARS, and have NEVER seen any issue myself. Seagate is a good brand, and Western Digital... I've owned 2 and 1 died on me, whereas the other I chunked out a window because it was about to die

I'd personally recommend Maxtor, but, I guess that's just my own opinion on it.
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Beatonator    Posted 13th Jun 2006 9:52am
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Well the mixed opinion on Maxtor has kinda put me off! LOL! I have terrible luck with most things, so knowing my luck it wouldn't be good. Im tempted to go for Seagate then, as that 5 year warranty sounds good.


Quoting Garner
Seagate now come with 5 YEARS warrenty as standard on ALL their drives.

Seagate have long been recognised one of the major brands of HDD manufacturers. If you want a good quiet and reliable drive I recommend only Seagate.

My 40Gb PATA133 Seagate drive is still going strong 4 years on in my primary machine. Its the ONLY drive brand I've ever owned that I haven't had a SINGLE disk failure.

I had a WD drive fail on me after a few months. That said, its replacement is still going strong 3 years later.

Maxtor - I've had 1 80Gb PATA and 2 80Gb SATA drives from, the PATA failed and was replaced with a drive that arrived dead... the second replacement has worked for the past 3 years just fine. The 2 SATA drives form my RAID 0 array in this machine and have worked flawlessly for the past 18 months (thats just jinxed them )

I've got about 190Gb of usable diskspace in this machine... only 25Gb of which is free. 12Gb or so is Vista and its installed programs mind you... but still that would only be 37Gb free out of this lot... must have more!

Looking at getting a new machine towards the end of the year/begining of next and the current plan is 3 or 4 Seagate 250Gb SATAII 16Meg Cache drives in RAID 5



I was waiting for your Hard Drive history Its the reason I poste dthis here, I knew everyone has a good idea about them and that Garner has test Drived most of em
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Garner    Posted 13th Jun 2006 1:57pm
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I didn't mention IBM drives... its common knowledge that IBM's Deskstar drives were horribly unreliable... (their nickname of Deathstar says it all )

Pity I did't realise this was happening last year... I've still got mine somewhere. I crashed and burned through three of them in pretty quick succession. So much so I didn't bother getting a fourth under the warranty...
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sobe    Posted 13th Jun 2006 10:37pm
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Is that for the IDE drives?! Because my 2 SCSI are running with no issues, and have been in 2 different machines over the years of their life. Sooo.... I dunno, just my experience with the drives have been fine.

And, for Seagate, it's a good brand
Maxtor, you can get a warranty as well though. Meh, don't listen to me Just get Seagate, I'm just a big fan of Maxtor.
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MSM1000    Posted 14th Jun 2006 3:31pm
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My brother and I have lost many disks via maxtor and neither of us will buy one again.

I have a seagate which works very well and I have no reason to change brands... but I will need to buy another disk as I have about 800MBs free at the moment.

hehe

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Beatonator    Posted 14th Jun 2006 5:18pm
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Hmmmm sounds like Seagate is a 100% winner. Just need to find the cheapest deal now

Overclockers.co.uk seem to have good prices.
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