[Cube] which internal HD to upgrade Cube?

deschwab at descom-usa.com deschwab at descom-usa.com
Wed Dec 15 15:26:15 PST 2004

Wow, if I'd read this earlier I maybe wouldn't have bought two 200 GB Seagates for use in a hard drive music library project.

Maybe the 120 GB Seagates are the magic size; sounds like other sizes fail regularly.

Western Digital Caviar in various sizes have long been my favorites, and have served well.  I have a 3-1/2 year old 60 GB one in my Cube, and it realized the Cube-silence I never found with the slightly older OEM Maxtor 20 GB.  My first WDC Caviar, all of 4 GB, died this summer after 7 solid years of service, in six different PCs.  (2 GB Seagates of similar vintage died much earlier.)  

I've had no short term problems with 40 GB or 80 GB or 120 GB WDC Caviar drives in other applications, although these are all under 2 years old.  (But then I haven't had a lick of trouble with two SATA 120 GB Samsung hard drives, either -- and they also are quiet.)

Maxtors to me have always meant noise, trouble, early death.  My IBM HDD experience is limited, limited mostly to ones on the verge of death from which friends expected me to retrieve files as the hard drive made ominous sounds.

Good luck in making the choice.


On Wed, 15 Dec 2004 12:11:34 -0800, Chris Weiss <cweiss at casadelove.com> wrote:

> I would highly recommend the Seagate Barracuda V 120gb drive. They're
> typically very quiet and I've had the best luck with them as far as
> reliability. I just had two brand new 160gb Seagate drives fail and I'd
> purchased 2 80gb and 2 120gb Seagates 3 years ago, both 80gb drives are
> dead, but the 120s are still great - one's chugging away just fine in my
> Cube, the other in my TiVo - both of which are on and active 24/7. Oddly
> enough, the only other drives I've had last a long time are a set of 4
> 9gb and 13gb Maxtor drives that are close to 8 years old.
> Steve Goldstein wrote:
> > Seagate-Barracudas and Western Digital-Caviars seem to be highly 
> > regarded.  I have had excellent experiences with the Seagates 
> > (several), and I just bought a Western Digital on sale.  On the other 
> > hand, I have had IBMs and Maxtors fail on me.  There is a limit to how 
> > much capacity will be recognized (120 or 160 GB, I forget which), so 
> > don't waste money on one bigger than that.
> >
> > --Steve
> >
> > At 12:52 PM -0500 12/14/04, e.evennett at virgin.net wrote:
> >
> >> what internal hard drive should i buy to upgrade my cube
> >
> >
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