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    Which 7200rpm Hard Disk?

    30GB options are:
    Maxtor Diamond Plus
    Quantum
    Seagate Baracuda (is there on at 30GB?)
    Pls don't suggest IBM as they are rare in my country - hehe.

    Also which would give more performance gain -RAM 128mb to 256mb or hard disk upgrade from 15gb 5400rpm to 30gb 7200gb?

    Thanks

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    The disk upgrade is more significant than the memory upgrade because you have enough RAM (for now).

    As for the Barracuda vs. Diamond Plus, compare the internal and exernal transfer rates to figure which one is better.
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    Out of the ones you list I would choose the Maxtor Diamond Plus, it's fast and quiet.

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    Well, if IBM isn't an option, then my next preference is always Seagate.

    The Seagate Barracuda ATA III is available in 40Gb. They've been around for a long time, and carry one of the highest reputations among hard drives.

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    If you can get 7200RPM 2MB Buffer HDD then I would recommend getting the Maxtor HDD. Fujitsu is another HDD company that I highly recommend and they also have 7200RPM models, but they aren't as easy to find as Maxtor, Quantum, or Seagate HDD's.

    If you were running Windows 2000 Pro you'd be better going with the extra 128MB of ram vs a 7200RPM HDD.

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    If you were running Windows 2000 Pro you'd be better going with the extra 128MB of ram vs a 7200RPM HDD.
    I agree 100%.

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    Ok I've decided to get the Maxtor this weekend. I'm currently running Win Me and may decide to dual boot Win2k with the extra space thereafter.

    Another question - my current RAM is Micron PC133 Cas3, will I be able to run it with extra stick of 128mb Kingmax 150 CL2? Is the Kingmax Cas2?

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    One last suggestion; I hate to see anyone pay for a Maxtor HDD.

    What about a Western Digital 7200 RPM HDD? I have two and love them. They are quick and silent. Next best thing to an IBM in my humble opinion.

    We have had many Maxtors go bad at my workplace (about 10). Never a Western Digital.

    I would also suggest the extra RAM if you want better system performance. You could always drop some services if you wanted to increase system performance. I have one Win2K system running idle allocating 55 megs of memory. That system only has 96 megs of RAM and doesn't use much of the Swap file ever since I dropped unncessary services.

    Here is the Kingmax RAM info you requested.

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    Someone told me Maxtors have glass fibre platters which on the surface (excuse pun)may appear good due to lighter weight but time will tell I guess.

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    I agree with benben
    My friend have a Maxtor 20Gb and just 2 days ago, his hard disk just die without getting any earlier notice.
    He has lose all of his work information due to a Maxtor HD.
    I've been using Maxtor and I found out that the 12v power input got loose some times and causes my Windows to hang. Poor design I think.

    I always believe in Quantum and Seagate. Although I always choose Quantum.
    We have a 3 year warranty here in M'sia.

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    Go for seagate or WD Caviar.....i have IBM 18GB 7200rpm and WDC 45GB 5400rpm.....WD is very silent and inspite of 5400rpm it gives about 90% speed as of IBM

    [This message has been edited by kashi80 (edited 02-27-2001).]

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    yes, go for seagate fuk maxtor everyone buy them as if it the only choice they got, it true because the place I buy from locally only carry maxtor. Most place have maxtor in large quantity I hate that crap no competition so it make thing unproductive. I have just placed order for a 40G seagate and say I am quite satisfied with the purchase.
    Poor Poor seagate, nice SCSI selection but limited IDE selection because people tend to choose between maxtor and IBM only. Part of it is my fault too because I have bought too many MaXTOr in the past there were some bad and some good experience sort of mixed. there alway some bad apple in any harddrive manufacturer and a few individual can pretty much ruin their reputation. so we need varieties not just one of the same kind, I think i go WD next time, then samsung, then fujitsu etc just to keep them all happy.
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    some of my bad experience are bad sectors within 1-2 week with maxtor harddrive in the past which happen to about 3 of my maxtor harddrive that I got a long time ago say 1.2, 1.6 and 2gig. and another 1 that just croked in 8 month usuage an 8.4gig, look like a chip got fryed or something and it was dead. talking about feeding this jerks and putting everyone out of business.
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    BARACUDA! I like this one.

    MAXTOR! I hate maxtors. They used to crash my linux partition every two years since 1993.

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    I take it back, seagate isn't all that great.
    I only bought them to try them out, and some folk that say it is a slow drive indeed it is, turtle harddrive would be a good name for it. If you like slow then that for you.
    I got today was I exciting! turned out that my face frowned and then laughed at how funny this drive is! http://discussions.hardwarecentral.c...ML/011908.html
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