HardDrive recommendation?


A

A.Cowan

Hello, could someone please recommend a good UDMA HD? I wouldn't mind going
for a different interface but I'd prefer to keep it cheap and I'm not sure
if my ECS K7VMM+ mobo can support other methods. Also I'm running Win XP
Prof SP1.

I'm currently looking at the DiamondMax Plus9 200GB UDMA133
[£99.00 inc VAT from dabs.co.uk] ( or the DiamondMax Plus9 120GB UDMA133
£64.00 inc VAT which has much the same specification except much smaller
buffer size of only 2MB and it is SMART compliant) ::-


Header / Compatibility PC
Header / Manufacturer Maxtor
Header / Model 9
Header / Packaged Quantity 1
Header / Product Line Maxtor DiamondMax Plus
Service & Support / Type 1 year warranty
Storage / Type Hard drive
Storage Controller (2nd) / Type None
Storage Controller / Type None
Storage Hard Drive / Average Seek Time 9.4 ms
Storage Hard Drive / Buffer Size 8 MB
Storage Hard Drive / Capacity 200 GB
Storage Hard Drive / Connector 40 PIN IDC
Storage Hard Drive / Data Transfer Rate 133 MBps
Storage Hard Drive / Form Factor 3.5" x 1/3H
Storage Hard Drive / Hard Drive Type Internal hard drive
Storage Hard Drive / Interface Type DMA/ATA-133 (Ultra) Fast Drives
Storage Hard Drive / Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Features Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motor, Data Protection System (DPS),
Shock Protection System (SPS)
Drive Transfer Rate 133 MBps (external)
Seek Time 9.4 ms (average)
Average Latency 4.2 ms
Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Cylinders 16383
Non-Recoverable Errors 1 per 10^15
Start / Stop Cycles 50,000


Any advice greately appreciated :)
Thanks
-Alistair
 
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W

wooducoodu

any of the samsung p80s would be a good choice. very fast and the quietest
drive currently available. they have both PATA and SATA versions. theyre
also one of the few drive manufactures that still have a 3 year warranty on
OEM drives.
 
A

A.Cowan

Thanks for the quick replies! I don't know much about drives as you can
tell,, I'm assuming the bigger the buffer and the lower the seek times the
better ?
Alistair
A.Cowan said:
Hello, could someone please recommend a good UDMA HD? I wouldn't mind going
for a different interface but I'd prefer to keep it cheap and I'm not sure
if my ECS K7VMM+ mobo can support other methods. Also I'm running Win XP
Prof SP1.

I'm currently looking at the DiamondMax Plus9 200GB UDMA133
[£99.00 inc VAT from dabs.co.uk] ( or the DiamondMax Plus9 120GB UDMA133
£64.00 inc VAT which has much the same specification except much smaller
buffer size of only 2MB and it is SMART compliant) ::-


Header / Compatibility PC
Header / Manufacturer Maxtor
Header / Model 9
Header / Packaged Quantity 1
Header / Product Line Maxtor DiamondMax Plus
Service & Support / Type 1 year warranty
Storage / Type Hard drive
Storage Controller (2nd) / Type None
Storage Controller / Type None
Storage Hard Drive / Average Seek Time 9.4 ms
Storage Hard Drive / Buffer Size 8 MB
Storage Hard Drive / Capacity 200 GB
Storage Hard Drive / Connector 40 PIN IDC
Storage Hard Drive / Data Transfer Rate 133 MBps
Storage Hard Drive / Form Factor 3.5" x 1/3H
Storage Hard Drive / Hard Drive Type Internal hard drive
Storage Hard Drive / Interface Type DMA/ATA-133 (Ultra) Fast Drives
Storage Hard Drive / Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Features Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motor, Data Protection System (DPS),
Shock Protection System (SPS)
Drive Transfer Rate 133 MBps (external)
Seek Time 9.4 ms (average)
Average Latency 4.2 ms
Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Cylinders 16383
Non-Recoverable Errors 1 per 10^15
Start / Stop Cycles 50,000


Any advice greately appreciated :)
Thanks
-Alistair
 
D

DaveW

Maxtor's currently have a very high failure rate. You might want to
consider getting a WD.
 
A

A.Cowan

how about the Western Digital Caviar WD2000JB or WD1600BB.. or the Samsung

thanks for your opinions im open to suggestions lol.
Can anyone explain the interfaces to me please? According to AIDA32 my
current Maxtor Fireball uses an Ultra-ATA/133 interface..
the WD uses DMA/ATA-100 (Ultra) - 40 PIN IDC whereas I've seen others using
a 44PIN IDC.

thanks again
Alistair





A.Cowan said:
Hello, could someone please recommend a good UDMA HD? I wouldn't mind going
for a different interface but I'd prefer to keep it cheap and I'm not sure
if my ECS K7VMM+ mobo can support other methods. Also I'm running Win XP
Prof SP1.

I'm currently looking at the DiamondMax Plus9 200GB UDMA133
[£99.00 inc VAT from dabs.co.uk] ( or the DiamondMax Plus9 120GB UDMA133
£64.00 inc VAT which has much the same specification except much smaller
buffer size of only 2MB and it is SMART compliant) ::-


Header / Compatibility PC
Header / Manufacturer Maxtor
Header / Model 9
Header / Packaged Quantity 1
Header / Product Line Maxtor DiamondMax Plus
Service & Support / Type 1 year warranty
Storage / Type Hard drive
Storage Controller (2nd) / Type None
Storage Controller / Type None
Storage Hard Drive / Average Seek Time 9.4 ms
Storage Hard Drive / Buffer Size 8 MB
Storage Hard Drive / Capacity 200 GB
Storage Hard Drive / Connector 40 PIN IDC
Storage Hard Drive / Data Transfer Rate 133 MBps
Storage Hard Drive / Form Factor 3.5" x 1/3H
Storage Hard Drive / Hard Drive Type Internal hard drive
Storage Hard Drive / Interface Type DMA/ATA-133 (Ultra) Fast Drives
Storage Hard Drive / Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Features Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motor, Data Protection System (DPS),
Shock Protection System (SPS)
Drive Transfer Rate 133 MBps (external)
Seek Time 9.4 ms (average)
Average Latency 4.2 ms
Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Cylinders 16383
Non-Recoverable Errors 1 per 10^15
Start / Stop Cycles 50,000


Any advice greately appreciated :)
Thanks
-Alistair
 
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J

jpsga

So right you are. One more variable is areal density.
Rotational speed and areal density are a trade off. Faster the rotation
means lower areal density. Very device dependant.
Maxtor has no reliability problems. There is a visible effort in this group
to scare people into buying Asia Like the lack-luster Samsung and IBM.
JPS

A.Cowan said:
Thanks for the quick replies! I don't know much about drives as you can
tell,, I'm assuming the bigger the buffer and the lower the seek times the
better ?
Alistair
A.Cowan said:
Hello, could someone please recommend a good UDMA HD? I wouldn't mind going
for a different interface but I'd prefer to keep it cheap and I'm not sure
if my ECS K7VMM+ mobo can support other methods. Also I'm running Win XP
Prof SP1.

I'm currently looking at the DiamondMax Plus9 200GB UDMA133
[£99.00 inc VAT from dabs.co.uk] ( or the DiamondMax Plus9 120GB UDMA133
£64.00 inc VAT which has much the same specification except much smaller
buffer size of only 2MB and it is SMART compliant) ::-


Header / Compatibility PC
Header / Manufacturer Maxtor
Header / Model 9
Header / Packaged Quantity 1
Header / Product Line Maxtor DiamondMax Plus
Service & Support / Type 1 year warranty
Storage / Type Hard drive
Storage Controller (2nd) / Type None
Storage Controller / Type None
Storage Hard Drive / Average Seek Time 9.4 ms
Storage Hard Drive / Buffer Size 8 MB
Storage Hard Drive / Capacity 200 GB
Storage Hard Drive / Connector 40 PIN IDC
Storage Hard Drive / Data Transfer Rate 133 MBps
Storage Hard Drive / Form Factor 3.5" x 1/3H
Storage Hard Drive / Hard Drive Type Internal hard drive
Storage Hard Drive / Interface Type DMA/ATA-133 (Ultra) Fast Drives
Storage Hard Drive / Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Features Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motor, Data Protection System (DPS),
Shock Protection System (SPS)
Drive Transfer Rate 133 MBps (external)
Seek Time 9.4 ms (average)
Average Latency 4.2 ms
Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Cylinders 16383
Non-Recoverable Errors 1 per 10^15
Start / Stop Cycles 50,000


Any advice greately appreciated :)
Thanks
-Alistair
 

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