Western Digital or Maxtor?


M

mbarbet

Hi!

I am shopping for an 80GB hard drive but could not decide between Western
Digital WD800JB and Maxtor 6Y080P0. Both have 8MB cache and cost about the
same. Which one is quieter and cooler? Are there any other brands/models
should I consider to? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
 
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WooduCoodu

neither is quiet. look for the new samsung SP0802N or SP0812N. it's still
pretty new so you may have trouble finding it for a little while yet. the
SP0812N is supposed to be the 8mb cache version.
 
P

Papa

I prefer Western Digital because I've never had any problems with them in
over 12 years. I recently purchased the WD800JB (80 GB HD with 8 MB cache)
for $81.50 from Newegg. Free shipping, no tax.
 
P

Papa

My WD800JB hard drive is VERY quiet. I cannot hear it even when running a
hard drive intensive program such as Defrag.
 
T

Tony Scott

Just 'lost' a Maxtor 80Mb 8mb drive yesterday. Part of a 0/1 RAID array, so
no data loss (yet).
The drive causes the highpoint controller to 'chime' an error tone - anyone
know if it is specific to the error type being encountered? Three 'warbles'
like a phone ring.

I will rebuild the array when the replacement drive arrives later this week.
Life of the drive - 6 months.
 
H

Hoonoze

mbarbet said:
Hi!

I am shopping for an 80GB hard drive but could not decide between Western
Digital WD800JB and Maxtor 6Y080P0. Both have 8MB cache and cost about the
same. Which one is quieter and cooler? Are there any other brands/models
should I consider to? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
I've had MANY more problems with Maxtors than Western
Digitals in the past, and will no longer use the former.
 
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Kathy B.

mbarbet said:
I am shopping for an 80GB hard drive but could not decide between Western
Digital WD800JB and Maxtor 6Y080P0. Both have 8MB cache and cost about the
same. Which one is quieter and cooler? Are there any other brands/models
should I consider to? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Neither! Go with Seagate's Barracuda ATA IV (ST380021A). It is 80GB and
claims to have:

- Best combination of performance, acoustics and robustness
- 3D Defense System to protect users' data and increase reliability
- 2.4 bels idle acoustics- the industry's best
- DiscWizard software for easy installation
- Best-in-class nonoperating shock for excellent reliability


No, I don't work for Seagate. But I intend to buy one of those. If anyone
thinks why I shouldn't choose the Barracuda ATA IV, let me know WHY.

K.
 
W

WooduCoodu

doesn't mean anything without knowing what other potential noise makers you
may have in that system. if quiet is a big concern WD is not a good choice.

www.silentpcreview.com
 
W

WooduCoodu

the barracuda IVs are quiet and reliable but they don't have very good
performance compared to other drives.
 
P

Papa

To be more specific, my system is quiet - period. If the WD was noisy, I'd
hear it.

On the other hand, if it IS noisy, but I don't hear it - I don't care. ;>)
 
S

Stacey

Tony said:
Just 'lost' a Maxtor 80Mb 8mb drive yesterday. Part of a 0/1 RAID array,
so no data loss (yet).
The drive causes the highpoint controller to 'chime' an error tone -
anyone know if it is specific to the error type being encountered? Three
'warbles' like a phone ring.

I will rebuild the array when the replacement drive arrives later this
week. Life of the drive - 6 months.

I had a customer loose an 80gig WD but sold a bunch and this was the first.
Great drives IMHO.
 
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Al Smith

I am shopping for an 80GB hard drive but could not decide between Western
I like Seagate. They are very quiet.
I'd stay away from Maxtor right now. I had a 60 gig drive fail a
while ago, and I wasn't the only one. Some design defect. Drive
makers go through cycles. A few years ago IBM was the best. Then
they had some problems with high failure rates. Now its Maxtor's
turn. Western Digital seems to be good at present.
 
D

David Walker

Neither! Go with Seagate's Barracuda ATA IV (ST380021A). It is 80GB and
claims to have:
A lot of drives 'claim' a lot of things - how many of them are entirely true
is a different matter. That said, I do believe the seagate is quieter, but
personally I prefer the reliability and performance of the Western
Digitals - they are the only drives I buy now, even if it does mean paying a
bit more of a premium for them.

David
 
J

J.Clarke

Units shipped from the manufacturer to a store's distribution center
to a store are probably not handled any better than shipment from the
manufacturer to an internet company to your home, and you will often
pay only about half as much for the internet purchase. A reliable
internet site, such as Newegg, has as good (if not better) return
policies as does a store. Have you heard any of the horror stories
concerning Best Buy?
This would be true for retail-boxed drives but not necessarily for OEM
drives, where they would typically come to the store in the
manufacturer's bulk shipping carrier and be removed there, while buying
mail order the drive is removed from the manufacturer's carrier and
packaged for shipping by the store. And it's rare that any store,
including Newegg, puts the recommended 3 inches of padding around the
drive.

Note that I'm not recommending against mail-order--the only time I buy
from CompUSA or Best Buy or the like is if it's something I can't wait
for for some reason, something that I need to compare with similar
products in order to make a selection, or something so bulky that the
shipping becomes prohibitive.
 
P

Papa

Units shipped from the manufacturer to a store's distribution center to a
store are probably not handled any better than shipment from the
manufacturer to an internet company to your home, and you will often pay
only about half as much for the internet purchase. A reliable internet site,
such as Newegg, has as good (if not better) return policies as does a store.
Have you heard any of the horror stories concerning Best Buy?

By the way, at least 2 internet sites (Newegg and GoogleGear) are selling WD
80GB and 120GB hard drives with 8 MB cache and 3-year warranties for less
than or equal to $1.00 per gigabyte.
 
N

Nocturnal

Maxtor have always been cheap and high fail rate, ... although I don't know
what has happened since they took over quantam.
 
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Danzig Glenn

Neither! Go with Seagate's Barracuda ATA IV (ST380021A). It is 80GB and
claims to have:
- Best combination of performance, acoustics and robustness
- 3D Defense System to protect users' data and increase reliability
- 2.4 bels idle acoustics- the industry's best
- DiscWizard software for easy installation
- Best-in-class nonoperating shock for excellent reliability
No, I don't work for Seagate. But I intend to buy one of those. If anyone
thinks why I shouldn't choose the Barracuda ATA IV, let me know WHY.
Uhmm..there are the Barracuda V, or the Barracuda 7200.7 that are good
to...why not take this?:)

they are good too...but if you find the barracuda IV at less price than
V Or 7200.7...take it
:)!

greetings!
 
M

Michael Cecil

...And I have bought a WD to install in place of this Maxtor...
It should work well, if you don't stick it in one of those ovens
otherwise known as a removable hdd tray.
 
D

Danzig Glenn

A friend just bought two WD 120JB Special Edition Caviars with 8MB Cache and
put them into identical but different boxes. One is incredibly quiet, the
other is quite noticeable in noise.
Can you ask to your friends to read the number code...or what other
writed on the hd??

i think they are of two different series.....but if we can know what are
the series queit...and what the noisy..can be a GREAT thing!:)

thanks much!

Greetings!
 
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Rod Speed

Piotr ne said:
Michael Cecil wrote:
Are these disks protected from overheating? E.g. with a temperature
sensor and a circuit switching off the drive in case of overhating?
Nope.

Shouldn't be too difficult...
True.
 

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