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WILLWILLWILLWILL
31-05-2003, 10:47 AM
I had some bad luck recently with a Maxtor 80GB HD. When I went to purchase a new HD, I noticed Maxtor had shortened their warranty from 3 yrs to 1. Whats the story, or is there a story? I went to Staples ,just shopping, and saw the Maxtor 80 GB 7200rpm HD for $99.00. There was no sale anounced, but there it was. I had waited till well after last Xmas to see if the going price on that unit , $139.00, would go down. And itn did go down to $119.00. So when I saw it back around May 1 for $99.00 I decided -get one! Or two! But when I returned a week or so later, all the old packages were gone, replaced with new labels, showing a limited 1 yr. warranty. Was there some kind of recall or what? Anyone else notice this phenomena?

roofus
31-05-2003, 10:52 AM
an 80G for $99 thats a steal!

Yes maxtor has changed there warranties to 1 year, apparantly to bring them into line with the warranties on other computer parts which generally only come with a 1 year warranty.
I believe all the other hd makers have moved or are moving to 1 year warranties.

While this does sound like a bad thing, its not that bad, as if an hd is going to fail then something like 85% of them do it in that first year.

Lohsing
31-05-2003, 12:52 PM
Considering they are releasing a 340gig monster shortly, HD prices should come down dramatically!

Yeah, 1 year warrantys are common nowadays... I couldn't name a single manufacturer who still has 3 years on their HD's... that said, I've never had a HD fail, so am lucky.

Lo.

Steve Askew
31-05-2003, 01:05 PM
> I went to Staples
> ,just shopping, and saw the Maxtor 80 GB 7200rpm HD
> for $99.00. There was no sale anounced, but there it
> was. I had waited till well after last Xmas to see if
> the going price on that unit , $139.00, would go
> down. And itn did go down to $119.00. So when I saw
> it back around May 1 for $99.00 I decided -get one!
> Or two! But when I returned a week or so later, all
> the old packages were gone, replaced with new labels,
> showing a limited 1 yr. warranty

Could you please tell us where this Staples can be found as $99 is a very good price for 80 gb hard drive.
The best price at pricespy is about $195

Cheers Steve

Pheonix
31-05-2003, 02:12 PM
Samsung and Western Digital 8meg cache still 3 yr warranty.

WILLWILLWILLWILL
31-05-2003, 02:58 PM
Steve- $195. is way out of line for a 80GB HD. May 23 I went shopping around Connecticut for prices on HDs. Circut City, Manchester, only carried Seagate HDs, 80GB, 7200rpm, 3 yr. warranty-went for $139., Comp USA, had a Comp usa HD , Maxtor, 80GB, 7200 rpm, 1 yr waranty -$129. ,same as Staples in Enfield, Ct. Best prices I know of are at Tiger Direct .com -{good service and support} and Directron .com. {good prices, not as good service} Both have full selection , TigerDirect sends me great catologues.

Muzzer
31-05-2003, 03:41 PM
US dollars your taling in I presume Will, not NZ $. Theres a small diff in the conversion :)

Cheers Murray P

Steve Askew
31-05-2003, 05:55 PM
That explains why its $99
New Zealand dollar is only worth about 58 cents US & i guess the freight portion is dearer too.

Cheers Steve

Bazza
31-05-2003, 08:07 PM
What a strange post. As soon as I saw 'Staples' I was puzzled as I don't recall any Staples in NZ, but have seen them in America/Canada.

Quoting prices & availablity on this site, about things in North America without defining sources, is misleading.

whetu
31-05-2003, 09:15 PM
you can still buy hard drives with a 3 year warranty.. though you do pay a little extra for the option... (should be 7% extra for a 3 year warranty and 4% extra for a 2 year warranty.. )

I just got an 80 gig Seagate 7200.7 w/ 3 year warranty option