Maxtor One Touch 4 Plus vs. Western Digital My Book Studio

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  1. pingouin macrumors newbie

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    Anyone have either of these drives for comparison? I need an external HDD ASAP. I'm more concern about reliability than speed. Thanks.
     
  2. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't put either at the top of my reliability list, but I would put Maxtor at the bottom. I've had horrible luck with Maxtor over the years.
     
  3. iGrant macrumors 6502a

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    I have to say the exact opposite, I have horrible luck with Western Digital, I have used Maxtor hard drives for years, plus now Maxtor is owned by Seagate. I have a Maxtor One Touch 3 300gb external hard drive that has been working now for over 2 years and my Dad nows uses a Maxtor One Touch 4 daily without problems.

    -iGrant
     
  4. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a

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    I think WD is a good quality. I wouldn't trust Maxtor, it's a low end design and it cost me $2000 once to try and get my data back.

    I can safely say I hate Maxtor drives.

    Peace:cool:
     
  5. iGrant macrumors 6502a

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    OK well thats good to know. This is also why you really want to do regular backups to either DVD or even better if you have the money to Blu-ray!

    -iGrant
     
  6. pingouin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What other brands do you recommend? Lacie? OWC? any other???
     
  7. bembol macrumors 65816

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    What are the signs of a Poor HDD?

    I'm asking because my 320GB Seagate is down to it's last 9GB so I picked up the 500GB Maxtor One Touch 4 Plus because of Price and FireWire.

    Seagate, Western Digital & Maxtor are the only names I look into.
     
  8. Sir Cecil macrumors 6502a

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    I notice Lacie is now offering a 3-year warranty with their new 500gb desktop hard disc. Also, a new "heatsink"-style appearance. I've ordered one.
    The warranty extension seems to apply to other items – the new DVD/CD drive now has a 2-year warranty. The case is slightly different (no ridges for rack mounting and no on/off button on the front), but the fascia of the actual player looks the same. I'm hoping these longer warranties reflect some kind of increased reliability from Lacie – the only item I've had up to now that has fully lived up to its good Lacie looks in the terrific little Rugged Drive.
     
  9. SDLSteve macrumors 6502

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    Go for the cheapest. If you're using it for a backup then it shouldn't matter what the brand. Hard drives die no matter what the cost.
     

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