I use the Maxtor 7200 RPM drives. Have been very dependable. I\'ve seen the 40 GB drive for $90 locally. We use a large amount of drives at work - we have about 100 computers in our lab. The only Maxtor we had fail was my fault - I dropped it!! Oops! I\'ve had problems with Seagates, Quantums and Western Digitals.
I have quiet a few Maxtor IDE\'s and firewire drives, in addition to some IBM\'s. They all perform exceptionally well for me.
I have never had an IBM drive crash, though I have had a couple of Maxtor\'s crash, but I must say that Maxtor is an excellent company and very service oriented! The two occasions where I have had a Maxtor drive crash, Maxtor immediately sent me new drives the same day and I received them two days later. I did not have to return the crashed drives to Maxtor until I received the new ones from them, and was instructed to return the damaged drives in the same box that they sent the new ones to me in.
To me, this is first class service and I would never hesitate to purchase additional Maxtor drives.