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    I'm either going with a 30GB Maxtor for $70 US or a 40GB IBM for $71 US. Both are running at 7200 rpm. I heard that lately IBM drives haven't been that great. Is there any truth to this? Oh, I also have a Maxtor drive now if that matters at all.

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    I couldn't recommend you getting IBM,

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagCynic
    I'm either going with a 30GB Maxtor for US or a 40GB IBM for US. Both are running at 7200 rpm. I heard that lately IBM drives haven't been that great. Is there any truth to this? Oh, I also have a Maxtor drive now if that matters at all.
    Oh yeah, IBM drives are great, If you need a doorstop, boat anchor, or paperwieght:hammer:
    Go with the Maxtor, a much better drive:thumb:

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    That's what I was leaning to anyways. Plus then I'll have matching Maxtor drives.

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    in my experience there is no difference in the brand of the Drive as to the reliability, only performance that changes... having not known alot about maxtor, I can say IBM are a preformer, andif you follow the tweakers guidelines in regard to HDD's you'll be fine with a IBM (lets face it, nothing lasts forever)

    If you want reliability, I'd recommend a Quantum/Maxtor 20Gb Drive, as the 20Gb's tend to be single platter, fast, quiet lower power drives, and rarely die.

    there you have it :)
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    I've never had an IBM drive myself, but the two Maxtor drives i've got (30GB and 60GB) work like a charm. No complaints from me.

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    I actually was eying a 20GB Maxtor drive, but the one I'm looking at off Newegg spins at 5400rpm. Is there really that big of a difference between 7200 and 5400? I'm not that picky either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagCynic
    I actually was eying a 20GB Maxtor drive, but the one I'm looking at off Newegg spins at 5400rpm. Is there really that big of a difference between 7200 and 5400? I'm not that picky either.
    Yes, put simply. :)
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    I don't think you want to buy a 20 GB drive with today's market. I bet you can get an 80GB (qualdruple the size) for less than double the price....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Tweak


    Yes, put simply. :)
    If MagCynic has ever defragged a 5400 RPM drive he will love the difference when he does it to a 7200:thumb:
    The reason a diamond shines so brightly is because it has many facets which reflect light.

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