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Posted: 3/12/2005 5:46:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/12/2005 5:48:11 PM EST by chuckhammer]
I feel like geekin'.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 5:47:28 PM EST
Western Digital

All I've ever used, and never had a problem.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 5:48:01 PM EST
IBTP

I've had GREAT luck with whatever HP (previously Compaq) uses in their Proliant servers. I'm too tired to remember, but those drives would surely get my vote.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 5:48:08 PM EST
I have no basis for comparison, but I've always used western digital and never had a problem.


Link Posted: 3/12/2005 5:49:57 PM EST
Nothing but good luck out of Maxtor.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 5:51:43 PM EST
Sadly i've had one of each............ But my seagate hasn't failed me yet.......
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 5:53:29 PM EST
Purely anecdotal here, but for IDE drives (you didn't specify) I've had the least trouble with Western Digital. It's been 5 years or so since I worked in a service tech capacity, but Western Digital drives have always been good to me and my (small) customers.

Nowadays, I leave that crap up to my customer's IT department. I don't worry about such things any longer. The last drive I bought was a WD and it's been humming along for about 3 years now.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 5:56:13 PM EST
I've used them all and have had them all go bad at some point. But the least problems come from the Western Digital drives. I wouldn't hesitate to buy either a Western Digital or a Maxtor.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 5:56:41 PM EST
I've had Fujistu crap out, IBM crap out, and had troubles with Western Digital.



None of the Above?
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 6:01:04 PM EST
WD , their higher end drives have a 3 year warranty.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 6:03:07 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/12/2005 6:04:29 PM EST by PsychoI3oy]
It would take a computer poll to make me come out of lurk mode and finally post something here....

Seagate. Hands down.

I've worked in and out of the computer industry since 1998 and have seen very few Seagates fail. The other nice thing about Seagates is that they're quiet, I believe they call them 'fluid dynamic bearings' or somesuch. WD would be a close second, I've heard plenty of people swear by them but saw plenty go back to the factory in my stint as a PC tech in 99-2000.

Avoid at all costs: IBM ATA DeskStars (aka 'DeathStars'), I believe IBM sold their consumer HDD business to Hitachi recently, but I'm not sure if they're still using IBM parts/procedures.

I've heard mixed things about Quantum/Maxtor (now the same company) and with Seagate and WD being the same price/performance, wouldn't recomend chancing it. (I've heard more bad than good about them, though).

ETA: Seagate now sells all retail box HDDs with a 5 year warranty (previously only available on their higher end SCSI drives).
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 6:03:45 PM EST
WD and Seagate havent ever let me down in 15years of computing.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 6:04:09 PM EST
Never had a WD fail.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 6:08:19 PM EST
I've seen all major brands fail eventually. In the past, IBM had severe problems with 75GXP and 60GXP models failing, and some believe that the failures were due to poor heat control. It got so bad that IBM sold their hard drive unit to Hitachi.

I've been buying Hitachi DeskStar drives at work to replace failing Maxtors recently, but they've only been in service a few months. I'd imagine after the 75/60GXP fiasco, that Hitachi is paying special attention to reviving the DeskStar line.

I've also been using a Samsung drives at home, and I've been very satisfied with the relative lack of noise, as well as great prices on them.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 6:13:01 PM EST
With a sampling of 4 drives, my Maxtors have been good to me.

4g
20g
80g
250g

1 of them has occasional bouts of wonkiness but it may be the add on controller card flaking out rather than the drive itself. That drive was purchased and put into service in August of 1999 it started having issues in June of 2004.

My next drive will most likely be a Seagate SATA
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 6:26:53 PM EST
I have had Seagates, Western Digitals, and Maxtors, no problems with them.

I run two hard drives in my main desktop, and back up the C driver to the D on a regular basis.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 6:30:21 PM EST

Originally Posted By Stove_Pipe:
Western Digital

All I've ever used, and never had a problem.



+1
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 6:37:59 PM EST
IDE = all the major players have about the same reliablity. Go with the one with the best warenty and make sure you keep it cool

SCSI = I firmly beleive in scsi, they are far more reliable. Seagate is just about as good as you are going to do... x15 or nothing :)
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 6:39:41 PM EST
Spent all last weekend reinstalling software because of a hard drive failure. It was a Western Digital 120 gig drive. Now it only recognizes the 8MB cache.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 6:40:18 PM EST
western digital
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 6:43:49 PM EST
I've actually had good luck with all brands for the last 18 years.

I'm running all Seagates now on three computers. No problems.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 7:16:10 PM EST
My WD IDE drive took a complete shit out of the blue. It just stopped reading at all. Anecdotal evidence tho.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 7:24:43 PM EST
Seagate makes an excellent hard disk, reliablity wise I say they are the best.

Maxtor and Western Digital both make good hard drives at a reasonable price, however they are more likely to melt down in my experience. It isn't a high likely hood though
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 7:25:03 PM EST
LOTS of HD's very few failures but the failures I have had are from IBM (75GXP), WD and Maxtor. Now I only run Seagate and they are extremely quiet. I think all new Seagates have a 5 year warranty.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 7:26:42 PM EST
Hmmm. I think the lesson we can learn from this is that modern hard drives have high MTBF's, regardless of manufacturer. Neato.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 7:27:30 PM EST
I cant believe you even have Maxtor on the list
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 7:42:13 PM EST
Seems like I've had every type fail on me, HP9000 [$60,000.00 computer], AS400 lost two drives, Compac servers. Then with PCs have lost them with most brands.

However I oversee a look of machines.

On a PC level I like the WD because they have good return program, even if you don't have the receipt they will go off the information on the label of the drive. Also if you want them to ship a replacement out right then they will but you have to give them credit card # until your drive getts to them.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 7:46:55 PM EST
I have had 3 Western Digital drives take a dump on me. I switched to Maxtor 3 years ago and haven't had a single problem with any of them. I have 3 computers in my house and each of them have two Maxtors.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 7:47:17 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 7:49:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By Tommy2399:
Seems like I've had every type fail on me, HP9000 [$60,000.00 computer], AS400 lost two drives, Compac servers. Then with PCs have lost them with most brands.

However I oversee a look of machines.

On a PC level I like the WD because they have good return program, even if you don't have the receipt they will go off the information on the label of the drive. Also if you want them to ship a replacement out right then they will but you have to give them credit card # until your drive getts to them.



Where the drives in the HP9000 Seagates? We had terrible luck with them a few years back. We lost six in one year in one server.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 7:55:44 PM EST
WD hands down. That's all I have owned and put in the computers I have built. Good drives.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 8:05:07 PM EST
I've had IDE drives of all of the major brands quit, but the only brand I've had major problems with was WD. I don't think I have a single WD drive that still works out of the 50 or so we've bought over the years.

If you're really concerned about reliablity, do what the other posters suggested. Just buy a slow SCSI drive and call it a day. I have about 80 IBM 4Gbyte SCSI drives that have been running 24/7 for 7 years without a single problem. That is reliablity. I have six 200 Mbyte (yes, megabyte) Maxtor SCSI drives in Sun workstations that are still running. I think they're all over 15 years old now.z
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 8:14:55 PM EST
WD Raptors, my favorites. Only drive I have had take a dump was an IBM 75GXP.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 8:27:52 PM EST
I've used my external WD for just a few hours over the last year, to make copies of some stuff, and it's already making strange sounds.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 8:40:34 PM EST
I've had two 3 year warranty Western Digital drives crap out on me in two years. The last one recently in the wife's computer taking her work files with it. I installed two Maxtor drives in her computer so thats what I'm running now for her machine.

My computer is stuffed with 3 Western Digitals and one Maxtor, or is that 4 Wester Digital drives.

I do have an 80GB USB 2 Maxtor drive sitting on the table next to my monitor.

Never had a Maxtor fail on me and I purchased my first home computer (PC) in 1996. I'm used to Macs but have not been back to the Mac since 1996.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 8:55:06 PM EST
Seagate no questions asked. They are quiet and come with a nice five year warrenty. I have heard bad things about the Diamondmax 9 seriers by maxtor.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 7:40:17 AM EST
I had one of the evil IBM 75GXP's that croaked (I did get my data though), but newer IBM and Hitachi drives have done very well for me as long as I have some cooling on them (good idea with any of the newer large capacity/high speed drives). Have had failures with Western Digital and Maxtor. Have heard lots of good things about Seagate so thinking about trying them next.
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 2:53:05 PM EST
I've used many Maxtors over the past 10 years and never had one fail. Seagates seem to be good IME as well.

IBM had some major problems with their IDE hard drives before selling that part of the business to Hitachi.

The absolute worst IDE hard drives I've seen are Fujitsus. Utter crap, a failure waiting to happen. (Which surprised me, because their SONET gear is unbelievably reliable.)
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 6:01:00 PM EST
i use Western Digital and Maxtors and have never had a problem with them.
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