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Upgrading hard drive, should it be Seagate or Western Digital?

By gary5646 ·
I have an HP DV2000 and I am stuck in between the following two upgrades:

http://www.cpumedics.com/534129-001.html
http://www.cpumedics.com/575402-001.html

They are the same price, same specs just different brand. I don't know too much about hard drives, I just need an opinion of an experienced owner of either drive.

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by Charles Bundy In reply to When people start saying ...

I'll raise your "Hydraulic HDD" with some real hard drive history :)

I pulled down my copy of "An Introduction to Direct Access Storage Devices, Hugh M. Sierra" to wit

The first direct access storage device (RAMAC 350) was conceived and designed by IBM personnel in downtown San Jose, CA during the early 1950s. The feasibility models were a hodge-podge of components available at the time: the spindles were obtained from juke boxes, the disks were aluminum pizza plates with a hole in the middle, the magnetic recording materials (liquid) were poured on paperdrinking cups and deposited manually, the first read/write heads were assembled by former watchmakers, etc. In fact some of the early servomotors consisted of coils obtained from hi-fi loudspeakers whose cones had been removed. Today those motors are still called "voice" coil motors...

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by OH Smeg In reply to When people start saying ...

Well then you'd remember those 1 Meg Winchester Drives used by Wang.

I recently saw a array of those things about 50 used to hold the program for a CAM Device that was an Armature Winder. The owner wanted a couple of the drives which had failed replaced and I really had no idea how to proceed with that one. I ended up pulling an old Vesa IO Card and removing all of the old drives and fitting 1 X 100 Meg drive that was around before the IDE interface was standard. Now if only I could remember the name of those drives.

I

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by info In reply to When people start saying ...

VESA? That's 'new' tech! I had a young kid (well, I'm not that old myself) in from one of the tech schools on an internship. We were setting up some IBM PS/2 Model 25s when he pointed and asked, "What kind of plug is THAT?" I had to explain to him that 8-bit ISA slots even EXISTED, and that there were interfaces that were even OLDER. He seemed shocked. Ah, youth...

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by stano360 In reply to When people start saying ...

I was thankful that I got a HD in my first PC (versus two 5.25" floppy drives!). The classic Seagate ST225, that thing is probably still running somewhere! I felt like a king with that 20mb of space!

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by Slayer_ In reply to When people start saying ...

You guys are all so old... lol

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by OH Smeg In reply to When people start saying ...

Slayer

Wait a minute while I park my Walking Frame and I'll come and tell you about the Good Old Days when Computers where real and not the cheap light plastic that they are these days. Even then I came to Computers after Punch Cards where obsoleta, well I only worked on the then

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by lehnerus2000 In reply to Upgrading hard drive, sho ...

My housemate always has problems with Seagate HDDs failing quickly.
I haven't had a problem with either (I prefer WD because of my friend's experiences).

Ironically, he bought me a Seagate 320 GB IDE HDD in 2007 and it hasn't "skipped a beat".

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