Western Digital Caviar or Maxtor DiamondMax

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by silky62678, Jul 12, 2003.

  1. silky62678

    silky62678 Guest

    Which drive is better per performance and speed?

    Western Digital Caviar WD1200BB 120GB ATA/100 7200RPM Hard Drive ***(Free 2nd Day)***

    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 6Y120P0 120GB Ultra ATA/133 7200RPM Hard Drive w/8MB Buffer ***(Free 2nd Day)***

    Both are around the same price
  2. Polypeptide

    Polypeptide Guest

    I can't say anything about the performance of the maxtor, but I have that western digital drive, and it's extremely fast, quite, and extremely reliable. I love it. Just thought I'd give my two cents.
  3. Teddy

    Teddy Boogie Nights...!

    London, UK
    The Maxtor will give better performance due to the 8mb buffer.

    Saying that, WD also do 'special edition' versions that also have this.
  4. silky62678

    silky62678 Guest

    Yeah this is a WD special with 8mb buffer
    I think the Maxtor would be better cause it has ATA 133 transfer and the WD has ATA100, but still want to get other opions
  5. Sparsely

    Sparsely Guest

    find out how loud each one is also (xDB). The specs should tell you access times
    like 9ms or whatever too.
    If your motherboard supports ATA133 I would get that drive.
    They've all got some size buffer. You might have to look closely at
    the specs to find it.
    BTW are you looking at Googlegear?
  6. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

    Fort Worth, TX
    I saw a lot of posts a few months back from people who had their over 100 gig WD drives die early and sudden deaths.

    Go for the maxtor.
  7. silky62678

    silky62678 Guest

    Yes that is the infamous "Googlegear". The maxtor say it has "quiet technology", but the WD has tools that will keep it from dying.
  8. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

    Pacific Northwest
    My 80GB WD with an 8MB cache just died on me! It must be the new design, so I'll be a little forgiving while the bugs get worked out Yes, I have two other hard drives and they give a three year warranty, but I'd rather not be without it for six weeks.
  9. Goatman

    Goatman Ska Daddy

    Go the WD all the way. I work at a computer store, and we have dropped Maxtor, we have had more than half of the Maxtors we sold in the last two months go bad, we're replacing them with WDs.

    THe WD is also known as one of the fastest drive out right now.... go for it.

    The ATA100 vs. ATA133 is a moot arguement. The truth is they barely saturate the ATA100 standard. ATA133 is just a PR campaign to sell more drives. In reality the WD is the faster drive.
  10. Goatman

    Goatman Ska Daddy

    According to the websites:

    WD seek time is 8.9 ms
    Maxtor seek time is 9.3 ms

    the WD is much faster....
  11. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    Really? Isn't that called WD1200JB and not BB? Not that it matters as long as it's the right one. :)

    I have the same disk and I just got it back from it's second replacement.:mad:
    Go for the Maxtor I say.
  12. silky62678

    silky62678 Guest

    Does anyone know if the WD as quiet as the Maxtor ?
    Maxtor is stating to be the quietest.