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Thread: Seagate or Western Digital HDD??




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    Default Seagate or Western Digital HDD??

    My maxtor diamond plus 9 hdd recently became corrupt and no data was recoverable.

    So now i need to replace it. I'm looking for something around the 200g mark.

    Between:
    Seagate Barracuda 200GB 7200RPM(8Mb Cache)
    Western Digital 200G 7200rpm HDD(8Mb Cache)

    I was just wondering what you guys have had luck with, and if you had any recommendations on reliablility.

    The differnce in price is minimal.

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    Post Re: Seagate or Western Digital HDD??

    Seaget Barracuda 7200.8 for about $170.00

    Specifications:

    250GB
    8mb Buffer
    7200 RPM
    Cable, Disc Wizard Software
    Parallel ATA-100, Cost per Gigabyte: $0.68

    Performance:
    Copies 3.1GB in 216 seconds
    Finds files: Through 12.6GB in 135 seconds

    This includes CMS software and a 5 year warranty



    Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JB for about $180.00

    Specifications:

    250GB
    8mb Buffer
    7200 RPM
    Cable, Data Lifeguard Software
    Parallel ATA-100
    Cost per Gigabyte: $0.72

    Performance:
    Copies 3.1GB in 199 seconds
    Find Files: Through 12.6GB in 133 seconds

    Warranty: Unknown



    This is a very short review but it may help you decide. Here are some other drives I can recommend. They are SATA-150 though.

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3400832AS for about $350.00

    Specifications:

    400GB
    8MB Buffer
    7200 RPM
    Cable, Disc Wizard Software
    Serial ATA-150
    Cost Per Gigabyte: $0.93

    Performance:

    Copies 3.1GB in 156 seconds
    Find Files: Through 12.6GB in 133 seconds

    Comes with CMS Bounce Back Express backup software.



    Western Digital Caviar SE WD3500JD for about $200.00

    Specifications:

    250GB
    8MB Buffer
    7200 RPM
    Cable, Data Lifeguard Software
    Serial ATA-150
    Cost Per Gigabyte: $0.80

    Performance:

    Copies 3.1GB in 184 seconds
    Find Files: Through 12.6 in 134 seconds

    Warranty: Unknown
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    Default Re: Seagate or Western Digital HDD??

    Western Digital 200G SATA 7200 rpm HDD $155.00

    I understand that SATA is a faster data transfer, but will it work with my epox 8k3a+ motherboard?

    Do you need a compatible mb?

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    Default Re: Seagate or Western Digital HDD??

    What he said.
    Last edited by Synchro; 05-04-2005 at 06:50 PM.
    Asus P4P800-SE Mobo AI series (Socket 478)---P4 w/HT Tech 2.6GHz@3.2GHz Northwood Core (512k cache)---Samsung Original PC-2700 4x(256mb) sticks of DDR-Ram 2.0-3-3-7 FSB:DRAM 3:2---80GIG WD Hardrive - IDE connection---Sound Audigy 2 Card - PCI---BFG 6800GT OC - 256mb DDR3 memory, 8X AGP---Aspire Turbo Case 520 Watt PSU---48X CD-R/CD-RW Reader/Writer---48x DVD-CD-Rom Reader---Black Lian-Li Case - Model:PC-61

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    Default Re: Seagate or Western Digital HDD??

    The JB series of WD drives carry a 3yr warranty and unless you get an SATA controller card then SATA drives won't work with your 8K3A+.

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    Default Re: Seagate or Western Digital HDD??

    I've just added a WD 200GB to my compliment my WD120GB, I have always had WD drives and only ever had problems with one, returned it under warranty for replacement. Seagate and WD are on par, Samsung is probably quieter and I personally wouldn't go near maxtor, their failure rate is well recorded.
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    Default Re: Seagate or Western Digital HDD??

    Quote Originally Posted by RoadrunneR
    The differnce in price is minimal.
    I'd say the difference in quality is even more minimal no matter which of the 3 major harddrive brands you go with, but if you want to shoot for a really quiet drive I would pick the Seagate brand over the W.D. from past experiences.

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    I install and fix computers. I have recently had three Western Digital drives 120gb ones die in 18 months in customers machines. Seagates win the reliability stakes as far as i am concerned. Get a Seagate SATA drive with NCQ and it will handle the new SATA drives as well.

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    Default Re: Seagate or Western Digital HDD??

    rma them, WD has 3 year manufacturers warranty
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    Default Re: Seagate or Western Digital HDD??

    I would personally go with seagate for several reasons....

    - 5 year warr
    - Quiet
    - C' mon, its a seagate

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