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Need Hard Drive buying advice
Posted by: kanesa
Date: December 18, 2005 12:38PM
I'm buying my nephew a hard drive for Xmas. Bought an external enclosure already.

Need some advice on the hard drive. Never bought one before. What's a good brand? Seagate, Western, Maxtor ? Something else?

And what is the difference between ATA and SATA? What else should I be looking for? Novice here so all information will be appreciated.


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Re: Need Hard Drive buying advice
Posted by: hwystar
Date: December 18, 2005 12:54PM
For now, I believe you will need an ATA drive to fit an external FireWire enclosure, if that is what you have. I would avoid any USB 1.0 enclosures, because they are very slow.

I have been using Western Digital for the last three years or so, bought more than 20, have only had a problem with one of them. Have been quite satisfied. They are fast, smooth, and run cool.

I have recently started buying Seagate drives, mainly because they have a 5 year warranty, and WD has dropped theirs back to 3 years or 1 year. The Seagates seem to be a little noisier in general, run slightly hotter, and vibrate a little more. So far I have had no failures, but haven't been using them long enough to generate any comprehensive data.

Those two brands would be my first two choices, personally.


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Re: Need Hard Drive buying advice
Posted by: onthedownlow
Date: December 18, 2005 02:00PM
My order of preference would be: Seagate, WD, and Maxtor

...I've also bought many (hundreds) of all of the above, and those would be my top three order. Seagate drives are very quiet and stable...not sure what 'noise' - but all depends on the manufacturing, I suppose.

Everybody will tell you different and swear by a certain brand. You really can't go wrong with either Seagate, WD, or even Maxtor. I used to have WD and Maxtor as my number one, at various times (except for the Maxtor slimline models...very problematic); but the past year and a half, Seagate has them beat.

Oh, and most likely, you will need to purchase an ATA and/or IDE (ATA/IDE) hard drive. SATA drives are 'serial' drives, and while there are enclosures that do accept those drives...chances are, your enclosure does not support that no worries about that.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/18/2005 02:03PM by onthedownlow.
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Re: Need Hard Drive buying advice
Posted by: Harry in MI
Date: December 18, 2005 02:27PM
I like the Seagates too, 5yr. warranty, some are 16mb cache now too. Lately Office max and BestBuy, etc. have had some great after rebate deals on the Seagates.
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Re: Need Hard Drive buying advice
Posted by: rexrzer
Date: December 18, 2005 04:59PM
I'm only buying Seagate HDrives these days. This year I've purchased 2 x 300GB and 1 x 400GB Seagates, and they're working perfect. The 5-year warranty is the industry standard, and although the Maxtor Maxline III HDrives also have 5 years, Seagate includes EVERY internal HDrive it makes in its warranty program. My local Apple Service Provider friends also swear by Seagate HDrive. They've told me many times how Seagate quality control is the best in the industry, even before the warranties were extended to 5 years.


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Re: Need Hard Drive buying advice
Posted by: reezekeys
Date: December 18, 2005 09:00PM
I think I saw somewhere (ahem) that there's a Seagate 200GB for $50 AR, at Best Buy.
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