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    Default Re: 16mb Cache Vs 8mb cache

    Those working with large volumes of OEM computers have always said Maxtor has the highest failure rate, but Maxtor was recently taken over by Seagate (and the transition is basically done; Maxtor lost around half of its employees), so its track record should improve.

    Western Digital has three or five year warranties on most of its retail drives, however Seagate has five years on all retail drives and offers overall the "best" warranty.

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    I'm thinking the western digital drive is best for me as far as price/performance goes.
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    Default Re: 16mb Cache Vs 8mb cache

    I'm a personal Seagate advocate. Got a 200gb 8mb cache drive year or so ago and it is a wonderful drive. Had a WD and Maxtor before that, the Maxtor died and the WD was quirky.

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    I've not had any WD drives go bad on me in the ~15 years I've been working with hardware. I've had a few DOA though, but that could have been any number of things.

    Seagate has improved quite a bit, and I'm actually considering buying their 750 GB since WD doesn't make anything larger than 320GB for PATA.

    I'm sure you'd be happy with either brand, I'd suggest keeping with your price/performance reasoning.

    Oh, and your Fireball probably has 1 or 2 megs cache, they were pretty good drives when they first came out, compared to the offerings at the time of course.
    The more cache the better, but you won't be able to tell the difference between an 8 or 16 meg cache in real world performance.

    Platter density, spindle speed and access times are what make more of a noticeable performance difference.
    Hard drives continue to be the largest bottleneck in a CPU system, you will notice a good speed improvement with better hardware.

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    Default Re: 16mb Cache Vs 8mb cache

    Well, I've never had a WD die on me either. Just had that one that didn't like nForce2 motherboards. But I think that was a known issue and hasn't been a problem since.

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    Default Re: 16mb Cache Vs 8mb cache

    I've yet to have either die on me. I did have a Western Digital start making the clicking noise of doom, and I haven't used it much since. Techinically, it still works. I have had one Maxtor die and another have bad sectors.

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