Recommend a HardDrive for me.

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by MacAficionado, Mar 17, 2004.

  1. MacAficionado macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2002
    An awesome place
    Could you guys please recommend a good hard drive to replace my stock IBM HD that came with the dual 867 MD?

    I know I want either a 80 GB or 120, 7200rpm, with 8Mb cache, I've been reading around looking for prices and was a surprised to read so many bad reviews of the Western Digitals. So my questions are:

    Which is the better brand?
    Do Seagate HD's fit in there? (I've read good things about those)

    My IBM HD has just gotten too noisy for my taste, It sounds like I'm in the cockpit of an airplane, it's like a high pitch, but subtle whinny noise. I can't stand it.

    Well any help will be appreciated.


  2. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    I bought a bargain 7200 RPM 80GB Maxtor drive from Office Depot and have not had any problems with it. I think that HDs are in a way becoming like RAM, where brand is not too important.
  3. Opteron macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2004
    South Australia
    Any Desktop HDD with an IDE ATA bus will fit in.

    These are all good brands, with reliable products. I've got a 30GB Seagate that's 3 years old and can't complain.

    I'd recomend any of these brands, and the largest HDD you can buy with the money you're willing to spend.
  4. briankonar macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2004
    the cheapest hard drive (with the right specs of course) is your best bet. i got a 120GB from Best Buy around Christmas, after rebates it was $10.
  5. sonofslim macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2003
    i've got a 120GB seagate, 7200rpm and i'm very happy with it. the barracuda line is very, very quiet -- a lot of cube owners use them because of that. (myself included.)

    i've also got a samsung spinpoint i use as an external. good drive, almost as quiet.

    a western digital went belly-up in my office a few weeks ago.
  6. MacAficionado thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2002
    An awesome place
    Thank you for your responses. I'm leaning more towards the Seagate.

    I heard people have situations similar to Sonofslim's WD hard drive more often than I care for.

    Thanks again.
  7. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Seagate is a very good bet; they're extremely quiet, run relatively cool (generally meaning better lifespan), inexpensive, and at least as far as my anecdotal experience and the database over at says, they're probably the most reliable brand.

    Make sure you buy the OEM 8MB cache model, though--those are the only ones that come with a 3 year warranty. (Maddeningly, the SATA versions aren't available with a 3 year warranty at all, which caused me to get a high-end Hitachi instead.)

    These days, I generally either buy Seagate or Hitachi (Seagate is probably more reliable and a bit quieter, Hitachi faster; I get Seagate when I just need reliable, Hitachi when I want speed), though I have nothing against WD personally, either. I don't trust Maxtors--they have a very bad reputation for reliability, and the brand new, top of the line one that came with my G5 is extremely noisy (much louder than any other brand I've recently used) and runs quite hot (a bad thing).

    Samsung drives are acutally pretty good as well--dirt cheap and amazingly quiet. I haven't had any problem with reliability with them, either.
  8. anubis macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2003
    Western Digital sucks

    I work as a computer technician at a major university. I probably encounter about 50 hard drive failures per year, and all but one or to (97%) are western digitals. they SUCK
  9. tomf87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 10, 2003
    Are these in a branded machine, like Dell, IBM, etc?

    I find that the ones OEM use tend to die earlier deaths than the ones off the shelf. I have had several WD drives that have lasted years, a 400MB one to be exact in an old 486.

    EDIT: And to add to the thread, if you're looking for quiet, make sure it has Fluid Dynamic Bearings (FDB). They really make the drive quiet and increase longevity.
  10. sonofslim macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2003
    agreed. the latest seagate 'cudas all use FDBs, and i'd have to check the specs (and i'm feeling too lazy right now) but i'm pretty sure the samsung spinpoint i have uses the same technology.
  11. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    You should check IBM's website to see if you're still under warranty. Mine was doing the same thing. I checked the site, it re-directed me to Hitachi's site, and I was still under warranty. After I send my old one in, they sent me a new one. Works great. Otherwise, look for a good deal on Seagates at places like CompUSA, Best Buy, or Circuit City. I got a 200 GB one for about $70 after rebates.

    Or try for some good deals. Just read the reviews there.
  12. Celeron macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2004

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