Need to update Harddrive

Mavimao

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Feb 16, 2005
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Hello everyone!

Great site first of all. After years of just merely reading posts I finally took le plunge and signed up.

Anyway, I have an old 450 Sawtooth and my 40 gig harddrive is filling up fast and I only have 1.6 gigs left. I was thinking of upgrading to a SATA drive via a PCI SATA card (so if later if I ever get a G5, all I have to do is swipe drives.)

Anyway, my question is, what brand of drives do you recommend? I was thinking of going with either Maxtor or Western Digital and I was wondering what your opinions were?

Thanks!
 

musicpyrite

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Jan 6, 2004
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Pretty much any major hard drive will do fine. I've found that Western Digital hard drives (I own like 6 of them) are some what nosey, and are prone to failure. I had a 120 GB IDE Western Digital die on me a few weeks ago, and I am in the process of RMAing it.

I'm fond of Seagate Barracuda hard drives because they are quiet, and have never seen any die.

My iMac's internal hard drive is a Hitachi, and have had it for over a year with out any issues except for a clicking noise that it makes every time the drive spins up. (knocks on wood)

I've heard good things about Maxtors, but don't have any first hand experience with them.
 
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Chrispy

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Dec 27, 2004
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I was a hardcore PC user for many many years and I used to build/upgrade computers all the time. When I first started building computer I used Western Digital drives a lot, but then (as noted above) I started to notice they fail more often than they should. So, I started using Maxtor drives because I found them to be fairly quiet, fast, and cheap. For years I used Maxtor drives in all my PCs and I cannot remember ever having a problem with one. I had also owned two Quantum drives and they sucked. They were LOUD, rather slow, and one of them started to died on me within about 2 years of owning it. If you can find a good deal on a 7200RPM Maxtor with an 8MB Cache then I say by all means go with that. Sometimes they very high end models even ship with the PCI cards included.
 
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therevolution

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May 12, 2003
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I also like Maxtor drives. I've purchased three in the last five or so years, and none have died on me yet. I also have an IBM hard drive that works fine, and it's a few years old. I had a Western Digital drive purchased a few years ago die in just over a year from when I bought it.
 
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Mavimao

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Feb 16, 2005
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Lyon, France
Wow! Thanks for the speedy replies everyone!

I guess I should get myself a new drive quickly because the drive I have in there now's a Western Digital!

Thanks again!
 
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