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memory & hard drive upgrades

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by MichL81, Mar 12, 2002.

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  1. MichL81

    MichL81 Thread Starter

    Dec 5, 2000
    I work in the Communications department of a university. They are looking to buy memory and hard drive upgrades, 5 each. Here's some info:

    -128MB RAM (qty. 5)
    -20GB hard drives (qty. 5)

    What brands would you recommend? I heard Crucial Memory is good:

    128MB RAM for $44.09, I heard their product is good. Do you agree? What about for hard drives:

    20GB 5400RPM Ultra DMA/ATA 100 for $59.00??
    Seagate 20GB 5400RPM for $68.00??
    20.5 GB - WD205EB 5400RPM Protg OEM ATA100 for $71.00??

    Any suggestions? Feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] with any suggestions, or if you need more info.

    Thanks for any help:)
  2. Norwalker


    Mar 4, 2002
    Hi, this is just my opinion, but here goes

    First, the memory. Yes, Crucial is a very good choice for memory. Before you buy, be sure it is the correct type for what your requirements are ( use their Memory tool on the home page). Also, another good memory maker is Kingston. However, I do not believe that they sell directly to the public, so you would have to buy through a reseller. The important thing about buying memory is to be sure it has a lifetime warranty. This will protect you down the road, in cases of failure etc. under normal conditions

    All of the Hard Drives you listed are good drives. I have no particular choice between them, Though I know from personal use that I have used Western Digital Hard drives without one failing on me. The only thing I see with the particular ones you have chosen is that they are all 5400 rpm drives. These drives will be a bit slower on seek and access, simply because of the speed of the platters ( 5400 rpm). If you have the budget, I would pay a bit more for a 7200 rpm drive.

    Another Hard Drive maker to consider is Maxtor. They also make good drives.

    Hope this is helpful to you :D
  3. MichL81

    MichL81 Thread Starter

    Dec 5, 2000
    I just wanted to say thanks for your help. I spoke to a few other people who said the same thing as you did. They recommended Western Digital, but also said Maxtor is good.

    About the 5400 rpm thing, I did that on purpose because of budget.

    Thanks again:D

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