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DataMatrix
08-28-06, 12:14 PM
I don't know what brand to choose for my next hard-drive upgrade, so i'm asking you guys to help :).

I don't know what brand to choose because I usually use Western Digital and I've used Maxtor before. But never Seagate.

I was looking at these hard-drives, and want to know what is the best one out of them all? In terms of reliablility and performance.

Here they are in order of access times.

Seagate (8.0ms):
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=408897

Western Digital (8.9ms):
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=256891

Maxtor (9.0ms):
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=330919

As I've said before I don't know about Seagate because never used them before. So what would you guys suggest?

Starscream
08-28-06, 01:20 PM
I go WD every time.

I've found the failure rate of their drives to be much less than Seagate and Maxtor over the last 4-5 years.

I still laugh about the time we got a box of 50 Maxtors that were ALL screwed up in some form or another when I used to work for someone else.


EDIT - oh also from my suppliers the WD 3200KS is literally only a few dollars more than the 2500KS so I'd suggest going with that one instead.

nekrosoft13
08-28-06, 02:31 PM
get the seagate 7200.10

and get the 320gb version, 320gb version is about 5mb/s faster then 250gb version.

average read on 320gb 7200.10 is around 65-70mb/s thats faster then 36gb/74gb raptors (first gen)

max read is around 82mb/s

while maxtor/WD max read is around 68mb/s

320gb 7200.10 is the best drive on the market right now.


note: when you will be buying them, try to get one made in singapore, try to avoid made in China seagate

DataMatrix
08-29-06, 01:58 AM
What are the warrantees like for each different company?

nekrosoft13
08-29-06, 06:55 AM
prices are for ata drives (pata/sata)

seagate all drives = 5 years
hitachi all drives = 3 years
maxtor/wd oem = 3 years | retail = 1 year | corporate level (RE (WD), MaxLine (maxtor) = 5 years.


after work i will post some benchmarks on 7200.10

stncttr908
08-29-06, 01:01 PM
get the seagate 7200.10

and get the 320gb version, 320gb version is about 5mb/s faster then 250gb version.

average read on 320gb 7200.10 is around 65-70mb/s thats faster then 36gb/74gb raptors (first gen)

max read is around 82mb/s

while maxtor/WD max read is around 68mb/s

320gb 7200.10 is the best drive on the market right now.


note: when you will be buying them, try to get one made in singapore, try to avoid made in China seagate
I just bought a pair of these same drives for RAID 0 goodness. I'll put up some HD Tach results when they arrive.

snowmanwithahat
08-29-06, 02:14 PM
i always go with western digital, they hold up well, except i did have a 120gb give out after 2 years, so in went a seagate from an emachines, it seems to be slow, but being from an emachines, it was probably a bad model anyway, but i think i'd have to point you towards a seagate 7200.10, those seem great

nekrosoft13
08-29-06, 03:34 PM
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Subtestube
08-29-06, 04:01 PM
I've always used Seagate drives and would swear by them - never had one fail on me, and the 5 yr warranty keeps me feeling a little safer. I've got a packed up 7200.10 sitting at home, so if you wait until after the weekend (assuming my new case and PSU finally arrive), I'll let you know my thoughts on it.

DataMatrix
08-29-06, 05:13 PM
I won't be buying the hard-drives for a couple of weeks anyway so please do post results :D