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  • What brand hard drive to go to next?

    Hi

    I'm searched, and it seems this question gets a different answer each year, none recently...

    I currently have a Seagate U Series 5400RPM 40GB drive, and I want to make a bit of a speed boost to get hibernation moving quicker.

    I've had very good experience with this Seagate, no probs and very quiet. I don't normally go for Seagate in my desktop since I think they're a bit slower? I have WD's in my server and desktop, and they're great...

    So, I guess I'm asking, which drives have a good combination of speed and shock resistance?

    I'm considering either a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 or one of the WD Caviar 7200's like I have in my desktop, which I can get cheap through work...

    Any bad experiences?
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    IMO you are best to go with whoever has the best warranty and fits your spec requirements. I like Western myself, but I have a Maxtor 250gb that I like very well, and also a Hitatchi 83gb that works great. I have heard great things about the Barracuda drives but have yet to try one. I have heard they are very very quiet...but I doubt that will matter in a car. I have had to send in both a Maxtor and a Western and both of their policies are awesome! Get your new drive first, then send back the dead one. (I do a lot of system builds so I see a few dead drives...they are not from my carputer )
    2005 Ford Focus ST

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    • #3
      I don't think hard drives of all things can be chosen based on popular opinion. There are follower camps for all manufacturers and asking which is better is just begging for a flame war IMHO. As an example you got two good opinions for WD so far, and I personally avoid them if I can since I had several burn for no apperent reason. On the other hand I have a 7 year old maxtor still going strong. However whenever I tell this to my friend, his reply is "BULL#*#$!!!!, you probably did something to those WD drives".

      One thing I think everyone agrees on is Seagate drives are very quite, but speed wise are not the fastest.
      Never be afraid to do something yourself. Remember - amateur built the Ark, professionals built the Titanic.

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      • #4
        Well. I hated WD until I owned one... They seemed expensive and I'd actually never heard of them. Back then I had a Maxtor 80GB and thought it was great... Though I heard lots of bad stuff about Maxtor.. A friend of mine was doing an online order for some WD 120's, so I went with one after grumbling a bit, and it's been great, and I now have a 160 WD too. My Maxtor 80GB is still my primary drive though.

        If there's no particular reason not to, I'll get an 80GB WD drive, since it's the cheapest option for me, and as far as I know, they're good drives...
        89 Celica, CarPC installed, 1st bday :)
        http://www.fishy.net.nz/carpc/
        • MediaEngine
        • Epia V8000
        • 80GB WD 7200RPM HD
        • Xenarc 700TS
        • SB Live
        • Opus 90W
        • CIMR100 remote
        • Deluo serial GPS
        • D-Link USB radio wired to power antenna

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        • #5
          I must say I have had no problems with my WD 80gig. I got the 7200 8meg cache version and it has been great. Was not cheap at the time, probably one of the more expencive 80gig 7200 drives however it does show how you get what you pay for. Its quick and if I was to get a larger drive (which I am soon) it will probably be a WD.

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          • #6
            I have to say WD too. A lot of companies have stopped doing the 3yr warranty over here but WD still do so its just the icing on the cake. But i also have some spare 10Gb Seagates I use for swapping files (thay have that rubber bumper stuff so give an impression of being tougher but thats probably rubbish) and they have been abused a bit and still work great.

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            • #7
              Yeah actually I bought the seagate for my car initially coz I thought it'd have that nice rubber cover... Turned out it didn't! They seem to have stopped doing that.
              89 Celica, CarPC installed, 1st bday :)
              http://www.fishy.net.nz/carpc/
              • MediaEngine
              • Epia V8000
              • 80GB WD 7200RPM HD
              • Xenarc 700TS
              • SB Live
              • Opus 90W
              • CIMR100 remote
              • Deluo serial GPS
              • D-Link USB radio wired to power antenna

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