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Hard drive questions

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sparky65, Jan 14, 2003.

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  1. sparky65

    sparky65 Thread Starter

    Jan 13, 2003
    I don't know if this is the right place to post my question. But if anyone can help please do so. I have a question about hard drives. Which is the best hard drive manufacturer. I heard from a couple of technicians that Maxtor is a piece of garbage, while other technicians say their great.
  2. $teve


    Oct 9, 2001
  3. n2gun


    Mar 3, 2000
    I have had good luck with Maxtor drives but like anything you buy there will be a bad one occasionally. Also have had good luck with Western Digital.
  4. pauld63


    Jan 23, 2002
    They're good also. Their competitors are O.K. I've only had W.D. drives with little problems. I did have one go bad several years ago and they had me a free-one on the way as soon as I called. Three year warranty!
  5. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I'd venture to say that there is very little difference in the major brands. You'll have times where one brand or another has a run of bad ones, or a specific model that has excessive failures, but I haven't seen any long term trends in reliability.
  6. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

    Jan 24, 2002
    hi, Just to add to the above replies> some manufacturers who in past had 3 yrear full replacement warranties have changed or will most likely change to only one year, while others will stay with the 3 year warranty. You should check the replacement period as one possible deciding point- the specific drive manufacturers all have this information readily available at the site.
    I have recently, for home users, replaced two Maxtor drives that somehow went bad- to be returned for full exchange, the drive has to fail the company's downloadable diagnostic tests, and you are given a code to include with your replacement under warranty request.
    Maxtor did replace these drives with tested refurbished, not brand spanking new ones, and they worked flawlessly so far.
    Both these hard drive problems were lightning related to the best of what I was able to determine- related to power surge entering the system.
    For me, not only the price vs. capacity will make up my mind- I like longer warranties!
    There are special features like peace and quiet that some companies brag about....if noise is a consideration, read about their claims about quietness. Rotational speed is another point- as well as the Ultra ATA or DMA features.
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