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davehold
23-02-2009, 02:41 PM
Hi team, I am about to do a minor upgrade to my 3 year old system by adding an additional 2Gig of RAM and also want to add a second 500-750Gb HDD. Can anyone recommend a good, speedy drive to buy based on a balance between cost/speed.

The specs of my system are...
HP Compaq DC 7600 Convertible
Intel (R) Pentium (R) 4 CPU 3.20ghz
512meg RAM
XP Pro 2002 SP3
80Gb HDD WDC 800JD-60SLA0
22" Viewsonic LCD

Cheers
Dave.

pctek
23-02-2009, 02:55 PM
Western Digital

davehold
23-02-2009, 02:56 PM
Umm...other bits?? (Bet this Q is gonna make me look dumb)

davehold
23-02-2009, 03:04 PM
LMAO... knew it would make me look dumb (Asked a Q about his signature cos I thought he was recommending a model etc)

qazwsxokmijn
23-02-2009, 03:24 PM
I would personally take out the existing 512MB RAM and replace with a 2x1GB kit. Mixing brands and specs are usually just fine but I don't like the idea of it.

HDD - anything by Western Digital or Seagate....nothing else.

Agent_24
23-02-2009, 07:11 PM
Western Digital are cheaper, and Seagate have been having issues lately.

Get your new RAM to replace your current stuff. Like qazwsxokmijn says, mixing them (most issues are caused by different timings) can lead to problems.

Laura
23-02-2009, 09:17 PM
Western Digital

Hey, aren't you the always-recommend-Seagate advisor I remember..?

So what happened?

Blam
23-02-2009, 09:26 PM
Prob seagates recent stuff up.

But personally I reckon both WD and Seagate is OK

They've both had firmware/HD issues before.

Seagate tends to fail less, but with their recent stuff up all the seagate flag wavers have switched to WD.

I still reckon Seagates better:p

Agent_24
23-02-2009, 10:47 PM
Hey, aren't you the always-recommend-Seagate advisor I remember..?

So what happened?

This happened: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/374/1050374/seagate-barracudas-7200-11-failing

But at least it was a programming error, not a mechanical failure, and is easily preventable with a firmware upgrade (provided your drive hasn't died yet)

For my next drive I think I'll go with Western Digital. Reasons being price and the fact that the last one I bought is surprisingly quiet

Everyone has and always will have issues. Just some issues are worse than others (IBM Deskstar)

Even SSD/Flash has issues, which is why for all their faults, I'll still be using hard drives as my preferred storage media. They've been around for 53 years which is longer than probably most of the people on this forum

PaulD
24-02-2009, 09:39 AM
HDD - anything by Western Digital or Seagate....nothing else.

Do you claim to have enough experience to rule out Hitachi & Samsung or can you only remember 2 brands?

utopian201
24-02-2009, 09:53 AM
Apparently Samsung have increased in quality enough to make the worthy of consideration...

qazwsxokmijn
24-02-2009, 09:55 AM
Do you claim to have enough experience to rule out Hitachi & Samsung or can you only remember 2 brands?
I've had 2 Hitachis. One was secondhand at 3 months old, the other a warranty replacement. Warranty replacement failed within a week, then gave away the first one to a friend. Its fate unknown.

Never owned a Samsung, but it's not one of the two leading HDD manufacturer. Just like the case in ATi, Nvidia, Matrox, Via etc.

Agent_24
24-02-2009, 12:07 PM
I have drives from: Quantum, Maxtor, Seagate, Connor Peripherals, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Compaq (Seagate), Micropolis, Western Digital, and IBM

Never owned a Samsung or Hitachi though

PaulD
24-02-2009, 12:46 PM
Apparently Samsung have increased in quality enough to make the worthy of consideration...

That happened so long ago it's probably time for some disaster to occur.

@ qazwsxokmijn Market share is rather meaningless if it comes with outsourcing to factories all over Asia. Can you expect all drives to have the same quality?

qazwsxokmijn
24-02-2009, 12:58 PM
@ qazwsxokmijn Market share is rather meaningless if it comes with outsourcing to factories all over Asia. Can you expect all drives to have the same quality?
Yeah, I know. It's a matter of personal preference really.

Hopper
24-02-2009, 06:58 PM
Just saw http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/500gb-hdd-disk,2150.html

May be of some help. :)