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Harddrive queries.

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Alexrose1uk, 17 Feb 2006.

  1. Alexrose1uk

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 26 Apr 2004

    Posts: 8,649

    Location: Milton Keynes

    In my new system, I intend to get

    2x Maxtor MaxLine III NCQ 250GB 7V250F0 SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD-094-MD) (note has 5 year warranty!)

    OR

    2x Hitachi Deskstar T7K250 NCQ 250GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (0A31636) (HD-002-HI)

    My questions, which of these two combinations is most reliable, normally maxtor aren't meant to be amazingly reliable, but 5 years warranty must show some confidence? Also which pair is faster?

    AND if I was to raid them in striped, what would the fastest stripe size be? 32KB? (wondering as I have no previous experience with raid).

    Summing up the questions - whats fastest, raid and otherwise, and what is reliability like on these and raid nowadays.


    Thanks a lot! :D
     
  2. Explicit

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Feb 2006

    Posts: 2,186

    The IBM Hitachi's without a shawdow of doubt! Renowned for speeeeeeeeed yet still reliable.

    I still have an old IBM Deskstar in my "emergency computer" still firing away like a champ! :D
     
  3. muckymick

    Gangster

    Joined: 12 May 2003

    Posts: 328

    Location: Sunny Stoke

    Yeah,seems maxtor are having a few reliability problems at the mo,so would have to say hitachi out these 2 choices.
    I still have a 40 gig deathstar! as a back up drive.
     
  4. PoliticallyCorrect

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Jul 2005

    Posts: 522

    I thort i should step in here because from experience Maxtor have been exstreamily reliable for me and IBM have only ever had problems with me.

    My experience with Maxtor:

    I'm currently running a 40GB Maxtor Diamondmax 8 (7200rpm) - about a year old, which is apparently one of the fastest in it's class, And a 60GB Maxtor (5400rpm) - about 4 years old. Both drives have always worked, never had a problem with them. They a little noisy but there old now.

    My experience with IBM:

    My last PC has a 80GB IBM hard drive to make it a working PC because i've kept the 60GB Maxtor it did have. The BIOS screen freezes at "looking for IDE devices" for quite some time, then when you finally get into windows installing software takes forever and it only reads about 18.5GB of the disk, i've tried moving jumpers and all sorts.

    A laptop that i used to use stop booting up because it would crash at "looking for IDE devices", control+alt+del wudn't even work. Latop was out of warranty so i took it apart and found a IBM hard drive, so that was that.

    Also i know someone who used to work for IBM and apparently at the time there drives were so unreliable, IBM wrote down to "NOT use IBM drives" in there systems.

    However i can't comment on their reliability today.
     
    Last edited: 18 Feb 2006
  5. danceMB

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Jun 2004

    Posts: 2,015

    It is not solely IBM anymore though, its now Hitachi and with that brand name comes the top reliability and speed that people are after, and it has been rated very highly with testing etc on all levels
     
  6. Steves_pc

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 706

    Location: Near a Sandbank in Norfolk

    I've got 1 of those 250's and theyre quieter than the older diamond max 10's
    plus 3 other maxtors!

    If youre going for raid0 then go for the Hitachi's, in raid0 theyre not too far behind the WD Raptor :eek:

    Raid results here
     
  7. muckymick

    Gangster

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    Location: Sunny Stoke

    Thats the thing slenpree,the maxtors you are using are the older models which were good drives.Check the forums at the moment for threads about the latest ones.It was the same a couple of yaers ago with the ibm drives,they werent called deathstars for nothing,and before that fujitsu had such a bad problem they pulled out of the market all together.
     
  8. Alexrose1uk

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Milton Keynes

    Hitachi's looking the top bet then. Might be wrong, but thinkt hey're about the same price, if not slightly cheaper than maxtor sometimes too.
     
  9. PoliticallyCorrect

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Jul 2005

    Posts: 522

    a) i already know it's Hitachi now

    lol, gotta tell u my views of hitachi now:

    b) our really old family TV was a hitachi, after over a year of purchace the screen just keep flickering like mad until u hit it, then after about 2 years we just took it to the tip.

    :S

    I think maxtor is the best to go for, they only get alot of reliability stick because of there popularity
     
    Last edited: 21 Feb 2006
  10. danceMB

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Jun 2004

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    You cannot rate a company purely based on different markets. This is a Hard Drive forum, and based on the %'age of failed drives between the 2 models in questions, Maxtor wins hands down! In terms of Hitachi, they have the least failed drives and are pretty damn fast, all at the same time :D
     
  11. Alexrose1uk

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 26 Apr 2004

    Posts: 8,649

    Location: Milton Keynes

    lol..so like
    5 v 1 for Hitachi lol
     
  12. ACPCUP

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    Bought quite a few Maxtors over the last year. Had a couple failures. I buy Seagate drives now.
     
  13. PoliticallyCorrect

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Jul 2005

    Posts: 522

    i think all drives are equally reliable these days

    depends how well u've looked after it

    but i think samsung/maxtor are your best bets for speed, silence and price.