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    Review Toshiba Hard Drives

    I was not sure where to put this and hope this is the right place. I purchased a 120gig laptop drive for my car pc. It lasted about 30 days. So I sent it back. They received it on the 20th of Nov. It is now the 15th of Dec. On about the 5th of Dec was told they have 10 to 30 days to replace it. I just checked on the drive. Now they say they are waiting for a replacement from Japan. My suggestion -- Never buy a Toshiba hard drive. Seagate is like a 2 day turn around or you can get an advance replacement. And it is pretty much the same with other manufacturers. I had to buy a Seagate to replace the Toshiba so the car puter was not down. Just my $.02.

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    thanks for the heads up, Im in the market for a HD and toshiba was one, i was looking at.
    Did it.. Done it... now I got to keep the neighbors kids away!!

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    Agree, seagate is much better.. been using it for quiet some time now and didn't experience any problem yet

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    well since this is a rant and complain thread on HD I hate western digital.. I have seen more than once of these start the infamous cick clack tic noise as they begin the dooms day march..lol around 3-4, I can remember. Hence the cheapness of them I guess. what about Barracuda.. Seagate I have no problems with either.. but baracudda seem to have faster RPM and seek times any opinions?
    Did it.. Done it... now I got to keep the neighbors kids away!!

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    Toshiba drives are actually great drives if you use the correct drivers to stop the HD head when too much bumpiness is detected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    Toshiba drives are actually great drives if you use the correct drivers to stop the HD head when too much bumpiness is detected.
    Isnt that usually a hardware based feature on most drives? eg. accelerometer on the drive automatically parks head if it senses a drop. Kind of silly in my opinion to require software based drivers to enable this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobb View Post
    Isnt that usually a hardware based feature on most drives? eg. accelerometer on the drive automatically parks head if it senses a drop. Kind of silly in my opinion to require software based drivers to enable this.
    I am not sure. I have read conflicting info on it.

    I have 2 toshiba laptops and both do it. It is a software option to enable/disable as well as how severe the bumping has to be in order for it to shut down.

    The HD specs from toshiba are confusing as some say the accelerometers are built in and it does it by itself, others dont mention it at all. Either way, it works well...
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    The problem I have is with their service department. I waited another week and called and they said they still did not have a drive to replace it with and they did not know when they would have one. So I spoke to the supervisor and told her I was going to tell everyone I know not to buy them. She told me more or less oh well we don't care. I told her to tell her supervisor and I sent another email to their customer support. Stating what was said. And low and behold one was shipped that day from the place that said they did not have one. I have it running in my car pc now. Along with a Seagate. When the Toshiba goes I will not replace it with another one. Yes it is a nice drive but not nice enough to put up with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jessekilner View Post
    what about Barracuda.. Seagate I have no problems with either.. but baracudda seem to have faster RPM and seek times any opinions?
    Be very carful with any Seagate / Maxtor HDD as of late. Many of their newest HDDs have a faulty firmware that could turn the HDD into one expensive brick.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/sea...date,6867.html

    Seagate's Update Bricking Working HDDs


    11:10 PM - January 19, 2009 by Gavin Steacy
    Source: Tom's Hardware US – Category : Internal Storage


    Seagate recently released a preventative firmware update for Barracuda 7200.11 drives affected by a faulty firmware which caused the drive to lock up and fail to be detected by the BIOS. Unfortunately, the updating process has not gone smoothly for many people, especially owners of 500 GB drives.

    A thread on Seagate's support forum, rapidly increasing in size, is full of ST3500320AS owners who have attempted to update their firmware according to this knowledge base article. A time of writing, 100 percent of users who attempted the update have bricked their drives with the new firmware, rather than preventing failure. The update is now "temporarily taken offline as of Jan 19, 2008 8PM CST for validation." This doesn't help those already affected however.
    ...
    http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/cr...p?DocId=207931
    Welcome, Seagate hard drive owners. A number of Seagate hard drives from the following families may become inaccessible when the host system is powered on:

    Barracuda 7200.11
    DiamondMax 22
    Barracuda ES.2 SATA

    Once a drive has become affected the data becomes inaccessible to users but the data is not deleted. Seagate has isolated this issue to a firmware bug affecting drives from these families manufactured in December 2008.
    ...

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