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Recommend me a hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by wizard, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    I'm a little bit gutted at the moment, one nof my hard drives has died along with a lot of data, grrr!!!

    Can some one recommend me a good brand? I normally go for seagates, but it is a seagate that had died.

    It has to be IDE.
     
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  2. Sparky
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    What size do you need? Also might be worth splashing out on 2 and getting a RAID setup for fault tolerance 8)
     
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  3. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Don't have the money for that at the moment, what would you reckon is the standard size nowadays? It's a 40gb one that has died.
     
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  4. BosonMichael
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    I used to get Maxtor, but Seagate bought out Maxtor. Haven't ever lost a personally owned Maxtor, knock on wood. My current rig's got a pair of Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 drives.

    EDIT: All drives will eventually die... just a matter of when.
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    Compare prices and get the best bang-for-the-buck is what I'd recommend. For example, I can get a 7200RPM 80GB drive with an 8MB buffer for $50ish... but for $100, I can get a 7200RPM 320GB drive with a 16MB buffer... 2x the cost, but 4x the space and 2x the buffer.
     
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    I prefer Western Digital, and the min size these days which should be fine for most things is 80GB.
     
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    At various times it seems that all brands have had duff batches of drives.

    I tend to buy whatever is the current favourite at the fairs. I haven't noticed any difference in life of the drives!

    Harry.
     
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    I have a maxtor, that is 7 yrs old and still going strong. So I guess I'm not much help.:blink
     
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    Im running WD and Maxtors. Get a raptor, nice and reliable, 5 yr guarantee aswell
     
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  11. BosonMichael
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    Looks fine - just an average 80GB hard drive. As long as you don't require ATA/133, you'll be fine (this drive is an ATA/100 drive).
     
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  12. Baba O'Riley

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    Wizard, how old is the drive? I believe most hard drive manufacturers offer three or five year warranties these days.
     
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  13. wizard

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    It is under warranty, so I could return it, but cant get any data off it. I've ordered the drive I've linked to.
     
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  14. Bluerinse
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    Stick it in a plastic bag and shove it in the freezer for an hour or so, then connect it up as a slave and see if you can access the data. This trick does work sometimes.
     
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  15. Jakamoko
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    Also, does it spin up ?

    Had a drive this weekend from a client who had lost 11Gb pf data. It would spin up, but Windows could not see it - even in my IDE caddy. If there is life in the drive, shove it in a working machine as a primary master, then run a Windows Xp install CD, then choose recovery console - then do:

    Code:
    fixboot
    then

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    fixbmbr
    Worked a treat for me in this case.
     
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    You might also want to check out this page for recovering from boot problems..

    http://www.informationweek.com/showArticle.jhtml;?articleID=185301251
     
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