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Old 17th December, 2001, 05:18 AM
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Maxtor or Seagate

Like it says. Maxtor or Seagate hard drive ata/100, 20g, 5400 rpm.

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Old 17th December, 2001, 07:21 AM
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Seagate is much better IMO, but don't go 5400rpm if you have a choice.
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Old 17th December, 2001, 07:59 AM
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To see the HDD reliability database contributed to by 6000+ people, click over to www.storagereview.com .

Personally, a 40 Gb 7200 rpm Seagate ATA-100 will be my next IDE HDD. Any and all makes of drives can be lemons, unsmiley face.

*Edit. I have the Seagate 40 Gb now. As my 45 Gb 75 GXP is dying, I wanna pull the pos! A broken wrist prevents me from doing any work except cleaning my intake filters. Arrgh.
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Old 13th January, 2002, 06:23 AM
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Buyer beware

If you go with Maxtor, buy it OEM. I got screwed buying retail.....For a raid setup, I went to my local shop and purchased 2 Maxtor 40GB drives, only to find out when I got home I actually received one Maxtor 40.1 GB and a Quantum FireballAS 40, which is really about 38GB....

I sent a nasty-gram to Maxtor, and they only told me to look at the UPC code for specific number/letter combos that show if the drive is Maxtor or Quantum....

I kept the maxtor and got 2 Seagate Baracuda 40GB drives from Newegg.com for $85 each, and they scream!

Hope this helps, as I don't want to see anyone else screwed by this!
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Old 13th January, 2002, 06:35 AM
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Just as it so happens, I benchmarked a Maxtor 20gig 5400rpm ATA100 drive today. Scroll almost to the bottom:

ATA100 in WinXP

Once I got the DMA set correctly, it scored almost as good as a 7200rpm ATA66. I had previously used the maxblast software to improve performance. Seems by default, they are set to be quiet... Like I would hear a HDD over 14 fans, lol.

FYI, Staples loves to run a deal for a 20gig with an ata100 controller for $50 after rebates. That's how I bought mine a year ago, and I've seen the same deal at least 4 or 5 times since then.

Can't speak for the seagate since I haven't owned one since an 850mb years ago.

For an economy 20gig, don't pay more than $60. You could probably get a 5400 40gigger in the 60-70's on line.

Is it a special situation? I would recommend paying a few dollars more and getting a 7200/ATA100 40-60gigger, myself. That's where the sweet spot is for pricing ATM. For performance, same thing x2, (RAID ).
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