[nSLUG] Re Hard drives
jim.haliburton at ns.sympatico.ca
Sat Jul 26 07:59:57 ADT 2003
There was some recent discussion regarding hard disks. Last fall, about 1
October most drive manufacturers changed their warranty to 1 year for IDE
drives. Apparently some of this may have arisen from a suit filed against
IBM about their hard drives.
Since that time Westren Digital has introduced a higher priced drive with
a 3 year warranty. This drive has 8mb of cache as its' distinguishing
characteristic. I suspect the motors, platters etc are very similar but
they are counting on the cache to reduce the drive activity and thus
extend the component life.
The WD Data Lifeguard Tools particularly the version prior to ver 10 are a
good self booting diagnostic tool.
WD and Maxtor both have Canadian return / exchange centers. In fact the
same company in Ontario does both companies drives. WD even offfers
express exchange if you give them a credit card. They will pre-ship the
replacement drive and credit your card when the RMA drive comes back.
Drives do change. WD had a problem with 2 and 4 gb drives. ( Yes they
did come in capacities this small ;-))
Both Maxtor and WD have been very good and quick to replace any drives I
have had fail in warranty. As only WD appears to have a 3 year warranty
drive in IDE, all replacement drives or upgrade drives I buy are WD. I
choose Seagate 10k RPM SCSI drives for my servers. Keep them well cooled
and they run for years and years.
I have not found Samsung, Fujitsu or other drives to be products I have
enough confidence in to use. YMMV
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