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    Hard Drives!

    Well right now I'm in a bit of a pickle, it's not that I don't like my current space of HD, or the setup, I just am feeling that I'm pushing my 20giger really hard for it's money and since my sister is in the mood for a new computer, I was thinking of giving her the 20 giger and getting a nice 60 gig HD for myself! The only problem is the brand and the cost. Any suggestions? I find that I usually have about 1 to 3 gigs free on the 20 gig HD at any given moment when I'm on it and about 500mb at the end of the night. I have about 300 cds so far of downloaded stuff that's been on the 20 giger.
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    I like IBM and Maxtor, and WD is suppose to be putting out some good drives now like they use to, I've never had any bad drives from these three manuf., but like any other piece of hardware there are preferences between users.

    Since you're in canada I can't really give you any advice where to buy one though, sorry.
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    like Maxtor myself..
    simply b/c I own 3 and I had one that I fried..(long story...LOL)

    never had a problem at all

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    IBM and Seagate have been my proven ones over the past couple of years. WD years ago used to be rock solid for me, but often run hot, and aren't the fastest performers. IBM is the speedking. The newer Seagate Baraccuda's, especially the new IV series, with their liquid bearings, are nice, fast, cool, and quiet. Maxtor and Quantum, I've replaced far too many failures of them at work to ever want one in my systems at home.
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    I like my IBM's so far. I've built three computers with them. I've used four of the 40 gig's and I bought two 60 gig's to put into my server.

    Fastest IDE drive I've ever owned.
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    well if u have the cache to throw i'd say the sepcial edition WD caviar with 8megs cache

    other than that, maxtor and IBM

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    what about seagate.... i got two new 60 gig seagates, they look sleek and are exremely quiet

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    Originally posted by YARDofSTUF
    i'd say the sepcial edition WD caviar with 8megs cache

    I'm dying to get my hands on one of those.....8 megs cache..woohoo! Talk about some burst rates!
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    300 cds WOW!!! what the hell are you downloading albums of porn?

    I would say Maxtor is good I used a lot of them and had no problems. IBM ranks good but i never used it.

    Whatever you choose stay away from Quantium and Samsung they die extremly fast. Although I belive that Maxtor now owns quantium so they should produce better drivers.

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    Originally posted by Maliy
    Whatever you choose stay away from Quantium and Samsung they die extremly fast. Although I belive that Maxtor now owns quantium so they should produce better drivers.
    Quantum...yes Maxtor did absorb Quantum. And for reliablity, def near the bottom of the list. Those BigFoot, and Tsunami drives....ugh what failure rates. For a while, every cheap PC Mitac made for Compaq (Presarios), HP (Pavilions), IMB (CrAptivas) had those.
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    well

    most of what I download are, like I said, Divx movies, so generally 1 movie take up 700mb of space, and thus easily fits onto one cd-r. But I tend to download in huge groups, so I end doing about 4 movies a night, as I predict that about 1-3 of the connections will cut me off (generally it doesn't happen because I pcik reliable server comps to d/l off) and I end up with a full hd. I also am an Anime fanatic, so I still d/l Anime from time to time and that takes up alot of cds as well! As for Pr0n hehehe well I'm staying away from that at the moment, I think I can live without it (it's been a week and I'm starting to get edgy.)

    So from what people have said and from my own experience, I'm leaning towards a IBM 60gig HD, but the idea of going Seagate does cross my mind..hmm I once owned a Segate HD, a nice 6gig 7200 rpm drive..nice a quiet and fast at the time..ahh then it died in a freak power surge along with my old Celeron 366A.

    Between the IBM 60 gig (Which model should I get? The 60GXP or the 120GXP?) and a Segate 60gig HD(Not sure if there are varying models), which should I aim for? And shoud I aim for a bigger HD? like a 80 gig?
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    Originally posted by YeOldeStonecat


    I'm dying to get my hands on one of those.....8 megs cache..woohoo! Talk about some burst rates!
    if they make some ata133 8 meg cache 40 gigers i'll be all over it.

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    man!

    you sound like your sporting wood like yeoldstone over that Gainward!
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    Re: well

    Originally posted by terrancelam
    And shoud I aim for a bigger HD? like a 80 gig?
    you can only answer that..

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    Though it a choice for me

    it's also a pricing choice, I mean, there is like a $40 diff at most between the 40 gigers and 60gigers, but between 60gigs and 80gigs, there is like a $100 dollar difference! I don't mind saving up a bit long for the more money and for a better drive, but I want to be as cost efficient as possible! I mean, when I got my 40 gig HD, it was $215CAD with tax compared to a 20 gig HD which was $179CAD!
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    When you go with IBM, make sure it's a 60GXP. It's faster and doesn't have nearly as many errors that the 75GXP has.

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    Martial; what about teh new 100GXP series?

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    I have two 20 gigers. Maxtor and a Quantum. The Q is a Fireball AS Diamond. If ya can find the compariable Maxtor like this Diamond AS, get one. Its fast, quiet, and I have never had a problem outta it(besides my stupid monkeying with the MBR). I love this drive. Upwards of 10 megs a sec uncached transfer rates, average 10-14 ms seek times. Hold around 35k in the HDtack test.
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    thanks brembo!

    I personally own a Maxtor 20giger 7200rpm, seems to hit 14ms on HDtach measurements and seems to be outclassed by the IBM 60GXP drive I have!(Which seems to average about 9ms.) But I'd like to see those benches!

    Martial Artist,
    thanks for the info! I've heard about those 75GXP breaking down like mad men..I guess IBM when wrong with that model. If I go IBM, I'll definately go with a 60GXP or 120GXP, if I can afford the latter! Apparently they only come in 40 (could be 60) gig platters!!
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