Re: Hard Disk Drives: Is there a clear Leader???
I have read all replies and would like to comment on a couple of brands which no one mentioned so far (I think).
First off, it's Fujitsu. It was the best HD I ever had, lasted for years (still works, actually), has no bad sectors, very fast, and has survived all this time after an incredible amount of punishment.
Second, is Hitachi (aka: IBM). These had a bad rep some years ago because there were some models which, apparently, had lots of problems but I took a chance with them some time ago and don't regret it. Also, reviews I've seen about them confirm that the new Hitachi HDs are surprisingly good.
From the "Big 3", however, I have to go with Seagate simply because they're the cheapest where I live. I build computers for friends and everytime I'm on the market for a HD, Seagates always offer the best value for money. Unfortunately, I had a 60GB PATA go bad on me once, although it was less than 2 years old (just a few bad sectors, but it still works otherwise).
Western Digital, from what I hear, is the best. However, they're also the most expensive where I live so I never tried one, nor do I feel inclined to do so as long as there are better bargains elsewhere.
Maxtor is a mystery to me. Never used them. They're usually priced very close to Seagates, but the stories I hear about how they break down, and the fact that Seagate is known for better "acoustics" always tip the scale away from this brand. But who knows, I may give them a shot someday.
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