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IBM/Hitachi hard disks any good ?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by HMHB, Jul 12, 2003.

  1. HMHB

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    In the past I had 2 IBM disks that went down within a year - was just wondering if the new breed of IBM/Hitachi disks are any good as they seem to be well priced for the large capacity ones.
     
  2. narabdela

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    Friend of mine just had a 120gb Hitachi die on him today: just a few months old. Doesn't seem promising does it?

    :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
     
  3. HMHB

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    No it doesn't look good. I think I'll stick with Seagate.
     
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    I personally don't much of Seagate IDE drives - the SCSI ones are great though (also don't think Fujitsu & Maxtor are that reliable)

    Quantum were good a few years ago.. the warranty has been dropped from 3 years to 1 year recently... WD seem pretty good, don't hear of complaints in the hundreds.
     
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    I had an IBM die on me.......Use Western digital now & they seem fine.
     
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    umm stay clear of them...i'm on my second RMA!!...just got a seagate 120gb for £70...excellent drive
     
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    Seagate IDE drives are great, very reliable and quiet. I wouldn't buy anything else.
     
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    I've never had any trouble with Samsung drives. Very quiet too.

    :smashin: :smashin:
     
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    I guess they where IBM DeskStars? (Or Deathstars as they seem to be known as on the web!) eghttp://www.sheller.com/ibmpress.htm (Class lawsuit info!) however this seems to be for a particular batch so I don't know about the current ones. I must say it's dented my confidece in them somewhat and I have 46gb one here that it's duff after I bought it as an rma unit. Biggest issues seem to be with heat for it. On that note thought I also have a piar of 30gb IBM Deskstars running as raid in my main system for 3+ years with no issues!
     
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    Maxtor 9 (the ones with ATA133 and 8mb cache) are very good. and very quiet. WD are noisy! I returned mine and bought a Maxtor!
     
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    This one ran very hot.
     
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    I have had a 10gb for three years, a 40gb for two years and a 120gb drive for a year. The 120gb one started to fail a few months ago and after running IBM's drive testing tool, it gave me an RMA and I sent it back for a replacement. It took about two weeks, all told.

    Although I was hacked off with the situation (I was in the middle of editing 70gb worth of wedding video), I did not lose any data because the SMART drive information warned me of what was happening. The replacement is working fine.

    They do run hot though, IMO.

    Gunrock

    PS - I have a 60gb Western Digital drive but it seems noisier and a little slower than the IBM/Hitachi drives. I would buy IBM/Hitachi again (180gb maybe?)
     
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    I work for Sun Microsystems. For IDE, we use WD & Seagate. Both good drives.
     
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    I have two 6 gig IBM drives, they must be at least 5 or 6 years old, and they haven't failed once.
     
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    Gotta be maxtor everytime and stay well away from hitachi, very high returns rate....
    If you're thinking of buying one try and wait 2 months. The company that manufacturers the drive heads for Seagate and Western Digital has gone through so thier product is very short and prices are rising. At the same time, to cash in Maxtor have increased thier prices (at least 3$ per week for the last few weeks) and will continue to do for the next few weeks. Prices have shot up and will continue to for at least 6 weeks but will fall back down dramatically after that.
     
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    ibm sold out to hitachi - they no longer make hard drives. thats a pretty big clue as to the reliability of the drives;)

    seriously though, for now, avoid them like the plague. The deskstars are aboslutly the worst hard drives you could buy.
     
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    ive just recieved a Hitachi Deskstar 120gxp by accident, was meant to recive something else :rolleyes: but im not complaining ;) . im wondering if i should return it because when they were under IBM name as you all know many tended to die.
    The drive is new and the bag's label says its from march 2004. Anyone know if they have fixed this 'death' problem? Or should i do the 'right' thing and send it back and get what i really ordered?
    I have a horrible feeling if i keep it and use it fate is gonna turn it round and bite me in the ass by and the drive will die with the much loved data it may hold. :zonked:
    Thanks.
     
  18. HMHB

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    I believe they have sorted out the problems that plagued the old drives a few years ago.
     
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    ok, thanks.
    Paul
     
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    had my 200gb 7k250 since christmas with no probs... runs anywhere between 35 and 40 Celsius the whole time, lightning quick and not even too noisy :)
     
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    I've allways gone for Maxtor myself, of which I've had three with never a problem from any of them... The latest being a 160gig 8mb Sata drive that I'm extreamly happy with.

    Regards,
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