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Denroll
10-18-04, 09:43 PM
Hello, it's my first post. I stumbled upon this forum reading up on the nVidia 6800 cards (Just ordered the BFG 6800GT OC).

Anyhow, I'm looking to buy a new large capacity HDD that's a decent performer. The only problem I'm having is that I'm a complete 'tard ( :retard: ) when it comes to this. I know a little, but not enough to be released on my own. From what I gather, SATA is the way to go. Is this right? This will be my primary drive, so I'll need a good performer in the 350-400Gb range.

I've got:
Athlon XP2800+
1 Gig of PC3200 RAM
A Defunct Ti4600
2 old 40Gb HDDs.


I hope you all like stupid questions, because I'm likely to have a bunch. I'll return the favor by answering any motorcycle questions you may have. I know, but it's all I have to offer. Oh yeah, I live in Japan. :wong:

gate1975mlm
10-18-04, 09:51 PM
The Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB Drive with 16MB is the one I am getting.

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?DEPA=0&description=22-144-359&ATT=Hard+Drives&CMP=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r

Capacity: 300GB
Average Seek Time: 9.3 ms
Buffer: 16MB
Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
Interface: Serial ATA 150
Features: SATA II, -NCQ [Native Command Queuing]
Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years
Packaging: OEM Drive Only

Maximum PC gave it 9 out of 10!

bkswaney
10-18-04, 10:11 PM
The Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB Drive with 16MB is the one I am getting.

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?DEPA=0&description=22-144-359&ATT=Hard+Drives&CMP=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r

Capacity: 300GB
Average Seek Time: 9.3 ms
Buffer: 16MB
Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
Interface: Serial ATA 150
Features: SATA II, -NCQ [Native Command Queuing]
Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years
Packaging: OEM Drive Only

Maximum PC gave it 9 out of 10!


:drooling: :drooling: :drooling:

gate1975mlm
10-18-04, 10:13 PM
:drooling: :drooling: :drooling:


What are you trying to say?

jAkUp
10-18-04, 10:20 PM
Yes... if you don't want a 10K RPM Raptor, (small capacity, but super fast) Go with the 16mb Maxtor drives, they are VERY fast (little slower than a raptor however)

mattkenn_4545
10-19-04, 12:56 AM
Personally I'd look into your nearest Goodwill store. Those places rock 2GB for $10 not bad. And let me tell you more speed then you can ever use. My baby hits 4MB/sec CONSTANT no kidding would I lie. True I have 8 hooked up so I can install win xp and 3 games but you cant have anything :lol2:

-=DVS=-
10-19-04, 01:27 AM
Yeah Maxtor Maxline III and DiamonMax 10 , are awesome drives , i have Maxline III love it :drooling: :drooling:.
Raptors are cool to just got less space but faster.

wshadow
10-19-04, 01:27 AM
. :lol2: :lame:(2 up)

ynnek
10-19-04, 04:57 PM
if you don't mind not having the absolute fastest, You can get the PATA Maxtor DiamondMax 9 250 GB drive for about $110 + shipping.

Thats 2 gig per dollar. 4x cheaper than goodwill. lmao..

wshadow
10-19-04, 05:18 PM
buy a 74g raptor for your main drive and get a 300gb sata drive for storage

Bill The Cat
10-19-04, 05:43 PM
buy a 74g raptor for your main drive and get a 300gb sata drive for storage

I'd go with the Hitachi 7k400. They're both good drives .The 300gb Diamondmax III is cheaper on a dollar to gigabyte cost, but who doesn't want a 400 gb drive?

Denroll
10-19-04, 08:23 PM
buy a 74g raptor for your main drive and get a 300gb sata drive for storage

This sounds like a good idea. OS and games on the raptor, por.....er.....ummmm....I mean, other stuff on the big drive. I just know, being my luck, as soon as I plunked down the cash for a 74Gb raptor, they'd roll out with a new drive with increased capacity.

nvnews-reader
10-20-04, 12:06 AM
I'd go with a 200 gig Segate SATA drive. If you need 400 gigs right now I would by 2 of them. It will end up being cheaper and mostlikely faster assuming you put your cache one one drive and your os/apps on the other. As far as HD capacity goes I don't think it makes sense to buy much more than you need.

Slyder
10-20-04, 02:12 AM
Another vote here for Maxtor's DiamondMax drives.

I think your baseline should be a 160gig - 7200rpm drive.