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    New Harddrive... Which one?

    So time has come for me to buy a new hard drive. I\'m wondering if people here have experiences with the different drives.
    Currently I\'m looking at the cheap Western Digital 80gb drive, the Seagate Barracuda IV, and the IBM Deskstar GXP. What should I get?

    Thank you in advance,
    Thomas

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    Re: New Harddrive... Which one?

    Choose the One \"ON-SALE\". They seem be OK to me!
    I wouls choose this as follows, the 80GB is on-sale, $50~$100 off, somewhere? Fry\'s?

    WESTERN DIGITAL:
    WD200BB 20GB UATA/100 7200rpm..............$99.95
    WD300BB 30GB UATA/100 7200rpm.............$112.95
    WD400BB 40GB UATA/100 7200rpm.............$129.95
    WD600BB 60GB UATA/100 7200rpm.............$175.95
    WD800BB 80GB UATA/100 7200rpm.............$219.95
    WD1000BB 100GB UATA/100 7200rpm...........$285.95

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    Re: New Harddrive... Which one?

    I have the WD600BB (60G 7200RPM) and I quite like it. It\'s big and fast... just what you want for Giga. I went for the \"OEM bare drive\": no box, no cable, no rails, no screws, no software, no manual. I got an ATA100 installation kit (rails, screws, cable) for cheap at a local retailer and downloaded the manual and installation software off the Western Digital home page. I managed to save a few bucks in the process. Check out jazztechnology.com (no affiliation):

    WD600BB 60GB UATA/100 7200rpm.............$139US
    WD800BB 80GB UATA/100 7200rpm.............$176US
    WD1000BB 100GB UATA/100 7200rpm...........$232US

    plus shipping.

    KB


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    Re: New Harddrive... Which one?

    Thanks for the reply guys. Can you assure me that these drives will be pop/click free? Did you have to mess with any settings to get it to perform right? Anything I should be aware of before buying?

    Seems like I will go for the WD800 then-

    Thomas

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    Re: New Harddrive... Which one?

    I\'ve had my share of problems with WD harddrives in the past. One of them made these clicks and comepletely froze the system for a split second, which made it unusable for GigaStudio/audio use. However that drive works fine on my new motherboards, apparently it was a compatibility issue with some VIA chipset. I will buy one of the new ones soon - they\'re getting really good reviews and I can\'t get the IBM GXP60 drives working in my GigaStudio machine, so I\'ll have to try something else. I\'d go for a WD or IBM GXP60 if I were you.

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    Re: New Harddrive... Which one?

    This is probably common knowledge, but... I was getting periodic clicks with my WD drive until I disabled the \"SMART\" drive stuff in CMOS.

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