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hockeymachine
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Icon 1 posted July 27, 2006 07:14      Profile for hockeymachine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
i am looking for a 250gb 7200rpm 16mb cache, external usb2+firewire (400). any recommendations on websites and/or brands, etc. am willing to build myself. 3.5"
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dont get a maxtor.

I've had 3 (250GB, 300GB, 500GB) external Maxtor drives and all 3 took a shit on me.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jace Raven:
dont get a maxtor.

I've had 3 (250GB, 300GB, 500GB) external Maxtor drives and all 3 took a shit on me.

www.demoniclemon.com/hell

haven't updated in a long time, 'cuz i haven't had any problems, 'cuz i don't use that brand any more

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Icon 1 posted July 27, 2006 09:42      Profile for soulshine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I've had a Freecom drive for a while now, which I ordered from www.dabs.com. Had no problems with it, and it's taken quite a pounding.

I placed my order on Sunday, it arrived Tuesday. Nothing but amazing service from this site in all my dealings, and they can have some good offers on too!

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Hm, I like Dabs too actually.
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Icon 1 posted July 27, 2006 10:24      Profile for AntonTakk   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Seagate++

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Icon 1 posted July 27, 2006 10:31      Profile for hockeymachine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Are all prices on dabs listed in euros? I had looked at cases on supergooddeal.com? Anyone dealt with them? Any idea where to get a 250gb 16mb cache 7200rpm hard drive for good price?
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quote:
Originally posted by AntonTakk:
Seagate++

Another vote for Seagate... and against Maxtor! (Though be careful, because I think they just merged).

I used to work as a sysadmin / "the technical guy" for a small business, and the owners would insist on buying Maxtor HDs all the time. They would break, I would explain to them what went wrong this time, and they would just go back and buy more Maxtors! I don't think a single one lasted more than 18 months.

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quote:
Originally posted by Metasquares:
quote:
Originally posted by AntonTakk:
Seagate++

Another vote for Seagate... and against Maxtor! (Though be careful, because I think they just merged).

I used to work as a sysadmin / "the technical guy" for a small business, and the owners would insist on buying Maxtor HDs all the time. They would break, I would explain to them what went wrong this time, and they would just go back and buy more Maxtors! I don't think a single one lasted more than 18 months.

they HAVE merged

as of now, just about everything of seagate's that was on the shelf has sold
now that they took over M.., everything they make is as much crap as M.. i.e., tainted by teh evil
it's now a brand/company to stay away from [Frown]

it's as if a billion bits of data cried out at once...

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Icon 1 posted July 27, 2006 16:56      Profile for AntonTakk   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
you never know, seagate might turn maxtor around

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In my experience the reverse happens - they all get dragged down to the lowest common denominator...

VW buying Skoda is about the only example I can think of where this was not the case

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quote:
Originally posted by AntonTakk:
you never know, seagate might turn maxtor around

[Applause] [Big Grin] [crazy] [thumbsup]

that's pretty damn funny!!!

best post i've seen all week!!

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Hm, the drive I got for my sister's iMac at the beginning of the year is a Seagate, as is the one I put in my PC nearly 2 years ago.

I hope they don't die ... I've loved Seagates, they've worked well. The one on my 486 still works perfectly all these years on. My only beef is that the newer ones I've bought aren't as quiet as the one in my Mac, I guess I just got lucky since the PC and Mac both have a Barracuda 7200.7 but only the Mac's one is lovely and quiet. (Being a server, that helps)

I'm tempted to try Hitachi (i.e. IBM) next time I need a drive, but I don't know.

Buying drives is tough -- the one component you really don't want to fail. One day I want to get an external HD enclosure and finally have a decent back-up solution for the PC. Only, my important files are on the Mac :/ And so first I'd have to find a USB card that works on a StarMax. Or, and this is my latest speculation (no idea how reliable it is given the flakiness of the Finder) create a huuuuge disc image to drop all my files in to back up, and then unmount it and FTP it to the PC to burn to CD or copy to an external drive.

Hmm...

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Maxtors are utter crap.

Personally, I'm partial to Western Digital and Seagate. I'd consider Hitachi, as IBM was said to do a good job establishing the tech...but I've heard some lukewarm comments about the quality of late.

I bought a nice Barracuda IV for my server some time ago, and never had any complaints. More recently (about a year ago), I bought an external WD 80 GB USB 2.0 HD, and it's great. I don't think I'd trust anything else. External drives tend to have cheap crap inside if not sold by an HD vendor (or LaCie), so I'll stick with a name I trust.

It kind of amuses me to see Maxtor drives die in my Dells...and when they send the replacement, it's always a Western Digital.

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
Maxtors are utter crap.

Personally, I'm partial to Western Digital and Seagate. I'd consider Hitachi, as IBM was said to do a good job establishing the tech...but I've heard some lukewarm comments about the quality of late.

I bought a nice Barracuda IV for my server some time ago, and never had any complaints. More recently (about a year ago), I bought an external WD 40 GB USB 2.0 HD, and it's great. I don't think I'd trust anything else. External drives tend to have cheap crap inside if not sold by an HD vendor (or LaCie), so I'll stick with a name I trust.

It kind of amuses me to see Maxtor drives die in my Dells...and when they send the replacement, it's always a Western Digital.

well, we have something to agree on 100%

word for word

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Hm, I have a friend in England (Disgusting, eh? That's no basis to start a religion on!) who buys Maxtor drives, loves them, recommends them and has never heard of any problems with them.

I wonder if there's a UK/US difference in manufacturing (well, wherever our respective countries get the drives from), since we seem to get good Maxtors and y'all don't.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jace Raven:
dont get a maxtor.

I've had 3 (250GB, 300GB, 500GB) external Maxtor drives and all 3 took a shit on me.

I have had a 300GB maxtor for 2 years now, and have never had a problem...
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quote:
Originally posted by maybe.logic:
quote:
Originally posted by Jace Raven:
dont get a maxtor.

I've had 3 (250GB, 300GB, 500GB) external Maxtor drives and all 3 took a shit on me.

I have had a 300GB maxtor for 2 years now, and have never had a problem...
Well you're the anomaly.
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I have owned 4 LaCie drives and have been very happy with them. Currently I have a d2 extreme at home and at work. That plus "SuperDuper" has been a great backup method for my powerbook.
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quote:
Originally posted by maybe.logic:
quote:
Originally posted by Jace Raven:
dont get a maxtor.

I've had 3 (250GB, 300GB, 500GB) external Maxtor drives and all 3 took a shit on me.

I have had a 300GB maxtor for 2 years now, and have never had a problem...
If it's 300 GB, may I strongly recommend you backup? That'd be some pretty ugly data loss to deal with...

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What about external enclosures? any recommendations? ive been looking at the metal gear box ii usb+firewire from supergooddeal.com. any comments?
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Dont get an external, get an enclosure and an internal HD. See thread posted here on that. I just did that and it works great.

http://www.geekculture.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=12;t=002093

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sorry i meant to say enclosure. metal gear box ii is an enclosure. http://www.supergooddeal.com/Metal_Gear_Box_II_USB2_0_Firewire_Combo_3_5_inch_p/miiu2f-bk.htm

let me know what you think of that or have better recommendations for enclosures.

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
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Originally posted by maybe.logic:
quote:
Originally posted by Jace Raven:
dont get a maxtor.

I've had 3 (250GB, 300GB, 500GB) external Maxtor drives and all 3 took a shit on me.

I have had a 300GB maxtor for 2 years now, and have never had a problem...
If it's 300 GB, may I strongly recommend you backup? That'd be some pretty ugly data loss to deal with...
Yes I have back-up discs, I don't care what brand of EXHD I were to have, I will always burn a back-up [Wink]
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I have a 250 GB Samsung 8MB Drive in a Network HD Enclosure. It work's quietly, and fast too.

I like the enclosures since you can swap drives in and out and grab data off bad drives from it.

I paid $107 for it a year ago.

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