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Alright, I've got a Dual 1.8Ghz PowerMac G5 with a 250GB hard drive. I'm looking to upgrade so I can edit multiple weddings on one RAID 0 setup. I was wondering if anyone has any praise/horror stories regarding this drive...or if someone wants to recommend me a better one, that's fine too. It's a Seagate Barracuda. So far it has great reviews, but most people always seem to want to justify their purchase and will give rave reviews over a piece of junk...

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I can't comment on that particular drive, but I love Seagate drives. I have a 300GB SATA, and 2 160GB PATA Seagates. Like anything else, you'll find differing opinions, but IMO, my once preferred drives (Maxtor) have gone down the tubes in terms of reliability. I recently grabbed a few Samsung drives (put them in external enclosures), and I'm anxious to see how they hold up long term. But back to Seagate. I don't think you'll go wrong with it.

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...my once preferred drives (Maxtor) have gone down the tubes in terms of reliability....
That's strange, because Seagate owns Maxtor. Link

Thanks for the info, geekboy.

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Seagate just bought Maxtor not that long ago. Maxtor drives were starting to get pretty bad at the end before the buyout. A lot of users on Anandtech Forums were having Maxtor drives dying on them. I had 2 die in a row.

I have had very good luck with Seagate like geekboy2000 stated. I have an 80GB, 2-120GB's and a 160GB SATA, the drive in my older Mini is a Seagate Montmentus, and all have been GREAT drives.

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Another thing I noticed with Maxtor drives vs Seagate (and others) is that they draw more current. I haven't looked at a Maxtor label *real* recently, and I'm writing from memory, but I believe the label on most reasonably current Maxtor drives show900MA to 1000MA (off the 12V line), as opposed to about 500MA for a comparable Seagate. That can add up in a multi-drive system (thinking Windows PC). I also find Seagate drives to be among the quietest out there. I had replaced the Maxtor drive in my TiVo (before dumping TiVo) with a larger capacity Seagate, and it was virtually silent. The Maxtor "chatter" could be heard across the room (with no other ambient noise, of course). Seagate's 5 year warranty isn't hard to take either.

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I've always been fond of Maxtor’s but have read that their quality has gone downhill as of late (I have not bought a HDD from them in over a year). As of right now, all of my Drives are Maxtor’s and I have not had one fail in several years (knock on wood). I also purchased a couple of large (300Mb) Samsung Hard Drives and will be interested to see how well they hold up.


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It is not a very good monitor, and for £1600 it is very very overpriced. Not recommended.
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It is not a very good monitor, and for £1600 it is very very overpriced. Not recommended.
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I currently have an 80GB Seagate in my iMac G3 and it runs nicely, fast and quiet (the iMac is fanless).

I have a 200GB Maxtor drive in a firewire caddy that's rubbish. I only had it a year, but it is noisy and has loads of corrupt warnings (mainly on my windows laptop) and has sometimes shown up as totally empty and needed a reformat.

Summary: Maxtor = useless, Seagate = excellent.

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