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Old May 19, 2004, 07:03 AM   #1
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Best Harddrive brand

I'm looking for a replacement harddrive for my iMac 600 G3 because it's fluffing around being a bit of a tool. It's gayness can be seen in its xbench scores here..

So yeah.. if you were to get a new HD, what brand would you opt for? or are they all pretty much the same..
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Old May 19, 2004, 08:03 AM   #2
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I'm looking for a replacement harddrive for my iMac 600 G3 because it's fluffing around being a bit of a tool. It's gayness can be seen in its xbench scores here..

So yeah.. if you were to get a new HD, what brand would you opt for? or are they all pretty much the same..
I think there was a time when Maxtor or IBM where kings, but those days are long gone. Most manufacturers are about the same. I would do a google search for ATA Hard Drive Tests and see if you find some info on what drives are faster and have a better warranty.
I personally have been using Samsung drives for some time now and love them. Nothing fancy, just reliable, with a good warranty, at a good price.
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Old May 19, 2004, 10:29 AM   #3
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[QUOTE=neonart]... Most manufacturers are about the same ...[QUOTE]

I would have to disagree with you on that...

I've seen various tests on different hard drives, and I totally swear by Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 (formally IBM DeskStar 180GXP) models. They're very inexpensive, and are very fast and reliable...

Obviously the 'TravelStar' models would apply to you if you're using a laptop.


http://www.cclcomputers.biz/specs/dr...7k250/spec.htm
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Old May 19, 2004, 10:41 AM   #4
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do a forum search, there's been lots of discussion on this topic. i recommend samsung or seagate and would advise against Western Digital, but people's experience with brands and opinions thereof differ.
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Old May 19, 2004, 11:40 AM   #5
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do a forum search, there's been lots of discussion on this topic. i recommend samsung or seagate and would advise against Western Digital, but people's experience with brands and opinions thereof differ.
western digital can be sketchy at times but man are they fast. I have seen benchmarks where their ata 100 7200rpm caviar jumbo drives have beaten 10,000 rpm sata.

I have a maxtor drive from 99 that isn't very fast at only 5400rpm but its rock solid.

everyones experience is different I guess. is quantum still around? I have not heard of them in a long time.
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Old May 19, 2004, 11:46 AM   #6
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Personally, I'd stay away from Western Digital. They've become probably the leading OEM drive-maker, because they're cheap. I recently installed a Seagate Barracuda in my Cube. If you'd appreciate a fast and quiet drive, I'd recommend the Seagate. Reliability? I'll let you know in a couple of years...
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Old May 19, 2004, 12:02 PM   #7
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i have 6 SCSI Barracuda's that are over 7 years old now (ran for 4 years 24/7), 2 years out of warranty. Only one has failed and was replaced. I can't say much about the current Cuda's, but the old SCSI ones were the best i've ever had.

Right now, WD's are working good for me, and i'd stay away from the Deskstars (Aka Deathstar), i've had 2 fail on me.
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Old May 19, 2004, 01:10 PM   #8
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Get a Seagate. I put one into my iMac DV SE, and I'm astonished at how quiet it is. The computer is essentially silent. The stock drive in the iMac is sooo loud! Aside from the quietness, it seems like a very well built, high quality drive. But that's just a subjective observation.
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Old May 19, 2004, 01:17 PM   #9
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BEWARE - WD HARD DRIVES

Western Digital Hard Drives tend to stop iMacs from going to sleep! Just iMac G3s btw

So stay out of the way of those.

If I were you, I would get a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 Plus (With 8MB Cache)

The Seagate because it is quiet (very) and quite low heat.
Performance is a little behind Maxtor, but the CD Device on the IDE same channel will half the speed of your hard drive anyway, so no matter.

The 7200rpm because it seems like you can't get slower hard drives these days.

The 8MB Cache so it spins up, seeks and reads less often and so pours less heat into the fanless interior of your computer.

When you've got the hard drive, boot into OS 9 and run this file:

http://cubeowner.com/kbase/admin/att...6-macaam12.sit

It will make the hard drive quieter (with a minimal loss in performance)

Yours

doc

PS And don't get one over 120GB (Your iMac will only support Hard Drives up to that amount, buy a bigger hard drive and the extra space is wasted!)

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Old May 19, 2004, 01:31 PM   #10
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Look up Storagereview.com and you'll find out who the king is. Hitachi for 7200 RPM or WD Raptor for 10K RPM. That's what I have on my PC. On the dual G4, I took out the IBM 120GB and put in a WDSE 40GB/8MB.
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Old May 19, 2004, 02:41 PM   #11
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Get a Seagate.
Mopar, ever hear the old Plymouth commercial where the guy goes "Ba-ba-ra-ra-cu-cu-da-da!"

My 80gb Seagate Barracuda is very quiet... my 250gb + 8mb Western Digital spins up with gale-force-winds loudness. I couldn't agree more.. get a Seagate.
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Old May 19, 2004, 02:54 PM   #12
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My 80gb Seagate Barracuda is very quiet... my 250gb + 8mb Western Digital spins up with gale-force-winds loudness.
my 120GB western digital 8mb is very quiet. much more quiet than my maxtor. I have to really listen to hear the WD.
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Old May 19, 2004, 05:55 PM   #13
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I've currently got a Western Digital in my dual G4/800 that came standard, a Quantum and an IBM in the G3/800, and a Maxtor external drive.

The Quantum is quite reliable and the only other brand I would recommend without reservation would be Seagate.

I've been lucky with this certain IBM model, though many others haven't, the Maxtor used to have major periods where it wouldn't work, and Western Digital are generally junk. That is not to say that WD's Caviar line hasn't come a long way--they used to have a 75 percent failure rate in the early days.
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Old May 19, 2004, 07:35 PM   #15
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All 7200RPM hard drive perform almost identically. The cheapest, most popular and quietest is the Seagate 7200.7 series. They are used in the G5. I have used 5 of them in PCs and they have all been great!
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