Best Harddrive brand

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by mmmdreg, May 19, 2004.

  1. mmmdreg macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    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..
  2. neonart macrumors 65816


    Sep 4, 2002
    Near a Mac since 1993.
    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.
  3. UKMacBod macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2004
  4. sonofslim macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2003
    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.
  5. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    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.
  6. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    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...
  7. krimson macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2003
    Democratic People's Republic of Kalifornia
    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.
  8. MoparShaha macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2003
    San Francisco
    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.
  9. thedoc1111 macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2003

    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:

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



    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!)
  10. FuzzyBallz macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Home of Al-Qaida
    Look up 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.
  11. cr2sh macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2002
    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.
  12. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    my 120GB western digital 8mb is very quiet. much more quiet than my maxtor. I have to really listen to hear the WD.
  13. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    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. :D :eek:
  14. diamond geezer macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2004
  15. bradz_id macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2002
    Tasmania, Australia
    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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