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Redeemed
07-15-07, 03:09 AM
I'm in the market for some new hard drives. For the longest time I've stuck with Maxtor as I used to have excellent luck with them. Anymore, it seems their quality control has gone the way of the dodo. Furthermore, I've been using PATA hard drives.

Well, today I finally got the rig in my sig back up and running (remember my "To Hell With ASUS!" thread? :p ). But, I'm using an 80GB Maxtor SATA150 hard drive. I've got XP Pro on it currently, but I'm wanting to get several larger hard drives.

When it comes to electronics in generaly, I've always had excellent luck with Samsung. Every Samsung product I've ever owned has functioned flawlessly, and lasted an extremely long time. Naturally, I'm wanting to go with them for my next purchase. I'm curious though- are they still as good as they used to be? What is your guys' take on their hard drives? I was looking at these in particular:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010150014+50001077+1035407760+103530113&name=400GB+-+750GB

^^^The 500GB one to be precise. What is your guys take on them as a company? Do the typically make really reliable hard drives? I'll be placing the order this week, so I still have a few days left for researching this. What are your guys opinions? I know many also seem to like WD. I've considered them as an alternative to Samsung, but my past experience with Samsung products has been so good I almost don't want to go with any other company.

Thanks again for all your input. :D

nekrosoft13
07-15-07, 03:12 AM
samsung are excellent drives, i don't know what your top prority is when it comes to HDDs.

currently this is the fastest
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136131

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Redeemed
07-15-07, 03:21 AM
samsung are excellent drives, i don't know what your top prority is when it comes to HDDs.

currently this is the fastest
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136131

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WOW. 750GB for only $200? :bugeyes:

Man, than is tempting... but my main concern is stability over performance. If the Samsung's are generally known for being more stable, and more reliable, and generaly having a long life- I'd go for that over the few extra ms I'd get in performance from the WDs. But I still think that 750GB for only $200 is very enticing...

How would you guys rank the Samsung's as far as reliability goes? Again, my primary concern is reliability. I don't want a hard drive that will crap out on me in just a few months. I want it to last atleast several years. So far, very few of my Maxtor hard drives have lasted that long. Heck, the best hard drive I've ever owned is an old IBM DeskStar 80GB PATA100. Only has 2MB cache and has a spindle speed of 5400RPM- but it's still kicking and it is over 5 years old now.

I'd love it if my new drives would last that long, but I could be happy with a mere 3 years. I'd probably need to buy larger drives by that time anyways. :p

So, how does Samsung rank in stability compared to WD or any other brand? More reliable, less reliable, comparable?

nekrosoft13
07-15-07, 03:26 AM
i can't speak for Samsung reliability, currently don't own any. But i do know they are very quite and run cool.

I only have 3 maxtors left that i'm trying to ge replacements. After 3 maxtors failed on me in a short periods those that did survive i just don't trust anymore.

Zapablast05
07-15-07, 03:36 AM
My Samsung is really reliable. Hasn't failed me. I have a Samsung Spinpoint P Series 200GB and it treats me good :P.

Redeemed
07-15-07, 03:53 AM
I know what you mean about your Maxtor's Necro... I'm no longer a loyal fan to Maxtor as a company. Maybe I should have made this thread a poll. :p So far, it seems that people love Samsung. I had a feeling. :p

Please, keep the recommendations coming. What I'm seeker is your personal preference. If you currently own a WD and love it- share that experience. That also goes for any brand hard drive. I'm curious what you guys are running and how you like the hard drives ya'll are running. So far it does seem that Samsung would be an ace company to go with... but time will tell I guess.

Keep the recommendations coming please. And thanks again. :D

nekrosoft13
07-15-07, 03:55 AM
i'm running 2 Hitachi, got them for about 2 years. Pefect drives

And then i have 3 Seagates also perfect drives.

Redeemed
07-15-07, 03:57 AM
i'm running 2 Hitachi, got them for about 2 years. Pefect drives

And then i have 3 Seagates also perfect drives.

I've considered Hitachi. More precisely, their 1TB drive. Looks uber sexeh! :drooling:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145141

Camp0rz
07-15-07, 04:15 AM
I still have an old seagate running(perfectly) that I've had for nearly 4 years and it's gone through some ****.

Zapablast05
07-15-07, 04:45 AM
I've had my Sammy for about 2 months now, smooth as a whistle. I have an IDE WD 40GB, makes a weird buzzing sound. I've been told that it's a sign of a failing drive. It's been buzzing like that for a year and a half but it doesn't bother me. It's good too. I love the Sammy though :D!

crainger
07-15-07, 07:07 AM
I'm running the 500Gb Samsung here. Only had it 2 weeks, but it's quick, silent and dirt cheap. Had to have one after reading the reviews. Came out on top in every round up I read. :D

Redeemed
07-15-07, 01:17 PM
So far I'm still leaning towards Samsung. Thanks for the input guys! Keep it comming please! I'm looking for all the input on this I can get. :D

Thanks! :D :D :D

Jon
07-16-07, 04:36 AM
I've not tried any other brands as I've never had a problem with WD... have been buying their drives for at least 7 years. Currently have 3 WDs in my main PC (500, 320, 200), and (160, 80) in my second PC. GF has an 80gb WD. Dad has 3 WDs (160, 80, 80). Brother has 160gb WD in his. I'm getting a new WD soon... either 750 or 500... I want the 750, but can't afford it as I also need to get a new Graphics card... but thats another story (Thanks BFG :thumbdwn: ).

nekrosoft13
07-16-07, 09:55 AM
pretty much Seagate, WD, Hitachi, Samsung are all reliable. Maxtor is the worst of the bunch.

Not sure what Seagate will do, either on certain time discontinue all maxtors, or continue to sell older lower model Seagate drives as maxtor.

if you go to store and see that new Red/White smaller Maxtor box, thats most likelly a Seagate drive with maxtor label on it.

crainger
07-16-07, 10:01 AM
So far I'm still leaning towards Samsung. Thanks for the input guys! Keep it comming please! I'm looking for all the input on this I can get. :D

Thanks! :D :D :D

If you buy the Samsung, your fap will be better, your fap will be better, your fap will be better.

Bearclaw
07-16-07, 10:11 AM
Man, that 80GB must rock. Didn't you get that for free? LOL

n0trix
07-16-07, 06:10 PM
WD the one and only for me.
Take a look at this one:
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=331

How many drives you will buy 3 or 4?

Redeemed
07-17-07, 04:56 AM
Man, that 80GB must rock. Didn't you get that for free? LOL

Out of all the other drive (5 to be exact) it is the only one that works! :p Thanks again for that buddy. It has been a true life saver.

I had a scare tonight. I came home from work and saw the monitor was in standby mode. So I moved the mouse and waited a second... nothing. Clicked the mouse button a few times and waited... nothing. Pressed the "Num Lock" key and the light to indicate that "Num Lock" is on didn't even come on. So, I restarted the computer- and the screen still stayed blank.

Well, remembering that the RAM I had in there failed memtest on the 7th test of the first pass, I then put some different ram in. It fired right up. So, now I'm going to be buying some more ram before I get another hard drive. Though small, this 80GB drive you gave me rocks Beaclaw. I think I'll be able to survive just having 80GB for a bit. I think I'll stay away from DDR500 ram this time. I'll just get some good DDR400 RAM. I'm thinking of getting 4GB as I'll be running Vista Ultimate x64 on this rig. The RAM I'm using now is G.Skill, so I'm thinking of going with them again. Maybe by that time Samsung will have thier 1TB drives on Newegg... :captnkill:

Redeemed
07-17-07, 04:58 AM
WD the one and only for me.
Take a look at this one:
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=331

How many drives you will buy 3 or 4?

For now I'm considering just getting one large drive. Eventually I'd like to have four in a RAID 0+1 array. I'd love to shoot for four 1TB drives, as in RAID 0+1 that be 2TB, which is plenty to last me a good 3-5 years. :p

But for now, more than likely just one rather large drive. Atleast 500GB, preferrable 750GB to 1TB.