I have best results with Seagate
I have no good results with Maxtor newer than 128GB-HDs.
After 2Years and 2Month, my old Maxtor-250GB crushed (2months about warranty -.- ).
I've lost many data, I could never recover.
Now, I run a Server with RAID (for the most data, which I need a backup from), that this will never happen again.
Btw.: Since a year or 2, Maxtor is part of Seagate.
The "cheaper" drives (also build-in, in external cases) [Diamond-Series] are from "Maxtor".
The Baracuda-Series is from old Seagate manufacturer.
When I repair hardware in the last 5years, maybe 5-10% of the HDs I got and really had a defect, where from Seagate.
Mostly thought the Medalist 8420-Models.
And I remember a few wrong-fw on some 40GB-HDs (it looks like).
Don't know, what this guy does.
I assumed him to try a PCI-IDE-Controller and it worked and not destroys any HD again.
Mostly I got IBM/Hitachi-HDs (~25%) and Maxtor/Quantum (~40%).
Samsung (~15-20%) has a good quality.
Just my personal experience.
I also think, that it depends on sales, of each company.
So it is clear to me, why Maxtor may have such a high crush-rate (in my case).
But the percentage of defect HDs from Maxtor, which I tested "aio", is still higher than Seagate's.
They are even louder. ^^
Maybe a bit faster, or slower. Don't know for sure.
Samsung has a good midrange-level.
Very quiet in most cases.
...my favorite: Seagate.
Last edited by TnA; 07-15-2008 at 04:20 PM.
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