Hard Drive Suggestions?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by ~Cybele~, Jun 4, 2002.

  1. ~Cybele~

    ~Cybele~ Guest

    Well, it's happened, my hdd looks like it's about to go out on me...I got the message,

    "WARNING: DELLS DISK MONITORING SYSTEM HAS DETECTED THAT DRIVE 0 ON THE PRIMARY EIDE CONTROLLER IS OPERATIONG OUTSIDE OF NORMAL SPECIFICATIONS. IT IS ADVISABLE TO IMMEDIATELY BACKUP YOUR DATA AND REPLACE YOUR HARD DISK DRIVE BY CALLING YOUR SUPPORT DESK OR DELL COMPUTER CORPORATION.

    STRIKE F1 KEY TO CONTIUNUE, F2 TO RUN THE SETUP UTILITY."

    Now, Dell will be sending someone to replace my hard drive, it urges me to purchase an additional hard drive, to store critical data on, in the (hopefully unlikely) case that this happens again.

    So...does anyone have any suggestions as to a good brand/type of hdd for me to purchase?

    The current one is a Maxtor 7200rpm ata/100. So I'm assuming I'd have to stick with ata/100? Or could I use an ata/133?
    Any suggestions would be appreciated! :)
     
  2. mbunny

    mbunny Guest

    It's most likely that you'll have only a ATA100 capable system. But generally, SeaGate and Maxtor are good companies when it comes to HDD.

    7200 RPM, 40gig, ATA100

    theres a good starting point for HDD. It should meet most of your daily needs =)
     
  3. Friend of Bill

    Friend of Bill What, me worry?

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    IBM GXP 120 ATA 100 DeskStar series is a good replacement HD. Is quicker than my Maxtor ATA 133 (see sig).
     
  4. nick1gbr

    nick1gbr Guest

    Take Dells software off the pc
    ..... DO NOT LET DELL REINSTALL WINDOWS.....

    I have a dell pc, turned the warning systems off, if you need to contact dell they just ask you to run it off the cd.

    dell made a complete cock up of my system when they installed Windows. i have to format when they had gone.

    Be carefull with the second HDD i got a ibm deskstar 60gb and the pc would not accept it with dells hdd..

    --Nick--
     
  5. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Ok I have a recommendation:
    NOT IBM!

    I'll explain. IBM has had alot of trouble with their Deskstar series lately. I've had to send back two myself*. I see you guys above recommend them, but I wouldn't trust and IBM disk for anything for a couple of years to come. Hopefully they've fixed it by now, but like I said, I won't trust it.

    My recommendation is Western Digital Caviar or Seagate Barracuda IV series.

    *I'm not alone. Trust me.
     
  6. da rock

    da rock Guest

    i like my maxtor 7200 rpm,no probs w/it so far.
     
  7. scriptasylum

    scriptasylum Moderator

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    Yeah, I'll have to side with zedric on that one. My IBM quit after about a year. Fortunately, I didn't lose any imprtant data (backups are a wonderful thing).

    I replaced the IBM with a Maxtor as my system drive and so far no problems. Even the quantum that came with the PC is still working fine after 4 years, and thats the one I didn't expect to last.
     
  8. ~Cybele~

    ~Cybele~ Guest

    Okay, I just ordered a Maxtor 7200 ata/100 60 gig from Amazon. :)
    It's basically the non OEM version of my 80 gig, so it shouldn't have any sort of problems accepting it.
    Thanks for the advice!