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Andrew Wonser
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« on: November 09, 2004, 01:09:55 AM »

I'm looking to replace a hard drive and add an external storage (Grabbing an external case - firewire) as well. Right now I'm looking at two Seagate 200GB drives but I figured I'd run it by you guys as well.

Having been out of the loop concerning hard drives for a while now, is Seagate a good brand or should I look into something else?
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2004, 01:54:56 AM »

Never owned a seagate drive...but I do have a nice western digital...and just now I saw a black friday ad where a 200gb wd drive will be $49.
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2004, 03:53:57 AM »

Andrew- start looking at their warranty.  The biggest change in the past year has been the warranty period.  I think some makers have gone down to 90 days to 1 yr...and there is one maker (I think it was seagate) that increased theirs from 3 yr to 5 yr.  I think the warranty period signifies which maker "believe" more in their product.
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2004, 05:27:22 PM »

Most of the retail boxed hard drives have dropped to 1 year.  Many non retail WD drives have also dropped to 1 year.  After losing 2 Western Digital drives this year I'm avoiding them.  Maxtor just increased their non retail drives to 3 years and 5 years like Seagate.  All three are top names and seem to have about the same reliability...I've just had awful luck with WD myself.
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2004, 06:07:27 PM »

i've had a WD 160GB SATA for about a year now and have been very pleased...it's fast and extremely quiet (never hear it spin up).  one of the big reasons i chose it over another brand at the time is that it was one of the few drives to come with a 3-year warranty.  it seems like the warranty periods on HDs can vary even within a brand...some WD's have 3 years, while others are 1 year...probably the same with other brands as well.  in the end, i'd say they're all about the same...just have to hope you get a good drive (which most are).
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2004, 12:09:14 AM »

Seagate is a good brand - I have their 80 GB SATA HD's. But as far as I know the best HD out there today is the WD Raptor drives.10,000 rpm, baby!
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