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I have always been a fan of Western Digital and Maxtor.

Looking at your link I see the dreaded "Deathstar" drive though I am sure it is now better than before. I always go with what I know works though this will work but I am not a tech.
 

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I have always been a fan of Western Digital and Maxtor.

Looking at your link I see the dreaded "Deathstar" drive though I am sure it is now better than before. I always go with what I know works though this will work but I am not a tech.
hehe well the drive in particular that I am looking at is an enterprise server grade unit. Its not the deskstar thats for sure! And since Hitachi took over the drives are actually really good they are one of the best performers and also one of the more reliable ones as well.
 

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There are only two rules when buying hard drives:
- Not Maxtor
- Not used

Use to be also "Not Hitachi", but I've been hearing better things about them recently. That said, I only use 1 brand - Seagate. A benefit of Seagate is that they sport a 5 year warranty, unparalleled by any other brand.
 

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There are only two rules when buying hard drives:
- Not Maxtor
- Not used

Use to be also "Not Hitachi", but I've been hearing better things about them recently. That said, I only use 1 brand - Seagate. A benefit of Seagate is that they sport a 5 year warranty, unparalleled by any other brand.
Seagate is a very good brand as well! Hows this line of drives?

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/servers/barracuda_es/

Now in comparison which is best the Ultrastar or Barracuda?
 

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There are only two rules when buying hard drives:
- Not Maxtor
- Not used

Use to be also "Not Hitachi", but I've been hearing better things about them recently. That said, I only use 1 brand - Seagate. A benefit of Seagate is that they sport a 5 year warranty, unparalleled by any other brand.
Maxtor always take a very hard hit by the so called "experts".

I have run two now, the latest a 250G external for well over a year with zero issues.

Cost? About $100 bucks. Do I like it? You better believe it.

Is Seagate overrated? Almost certainly.

Kind of like the difference between a Volvo and a Smart car. Both will get you where you're going. One is faster, but both will run well past their warranty.
 

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SINC - Maxtor has a rather bad history, and in some cases, I've seen a 30% failure rate. For my personal use, 2 of the 5 Maxtor drives I've owned have died well before the 3 year mark... because of this, I won't touch their products.

Seagate drives cost the same as Maxtor and other brands, but offer superior reliability, heat and warranty.
 

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Any Maxtor I've had is way too loud, and they're less reliable than others. Seagate all the way.
Ditto, especially on the being loud part. Seagate's produce the least amount of heat and run the quietest.
 

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Ditto, especially on the being loud part. Seagate's produce the least amount of heat and run the quietest.
Last March I replaced the OEM Seagate Barracuda in my G5 with a Western Digital Caviar (along with a second identical one for back-ups) and I find these drives far quieter, and much cooler running than the OEM Seagate. As for their longevity, obviously only time will tell but so far I'm very impressed with my two Caviars.
 

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Last March I replaced the OEM Seagate Barracuda in my G5 with a Western Digital Caviar (along with a second identical one for back-ups) and I find these drives far quieter, and much cooler running than the OEM Seagate. As for their longevity, obviously only time will tell but so far I'm very impressed with my two Caviars.
Yep, the only exception is Seagate drives shipped with Macs. The Seagate drives shipped with the Power Mac G5's were unusually noisy for reasons unknown to me. Any after-market Seagate drive seems to run very quietly.
 

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There are only two rules when buying hard drives:
- Not Maxtor
- Not used

Use to be also "Not Hitachi", but I've been hearing better things about them recently. That said, I only use 1 brand - Seagate. A benefit of Seagate is that they sport a 5 year warranty, unparalleled by any other brand.

Seagate owns Maxtor, and before that they used similar components and the same mechanisms. The platters use the same CMP slurry process and I believe they use the same media. The biggest advance probably came from Hitachi and the fluid dynamic spindle bearing which probably put it ahead for awhile. Maxtor & Seagate drives are identical. This is like the old argument over RAM quality, or before CD's it was VHS tape. Most of this stuff is made in a few plants (I have built stuff for them), and they sell components to brand labels.
Components are graded and different grades go to different brand names.

The manufacturing game is so competitive now, it isn't economically feasible to have "cradle to grave" manufacturing plants anymore. Not even in China. No one designs, builds and distributes every component anymore, except maybe Hyundai. They actually mine the ore, make the steel and then make products.

Anyway, Seagate bought Maxtor two years ago, and part of the decision was based on the reliability and quality of both lines being equal. They dropped 2 billion knowing that the line wouldn't give them any problems.

In 18 years, I have only had two hard drives go bad, and I knew one of them had been dropped.
 

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i had never had a problem with any hard drive i had.. ive have WD seagate and Maxtor... the last drive i brough was a 250gb maxtor.. and it died with in a year... but .. filled my info out online last week and they gonna send me a new one :)
 
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I've had drives of just about every brand fail at some point or another. I do like the Seagate 5 year warranty though and have been buying them for the last while :)
 
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