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

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Hitachi drives are based on IBM's tech, and were pretty rock-solid. I wouldn't recommend a Samsung drive, although I wouldn't refuse one outright. Their quality (with everything) seems to be based on quantity. "You produce 7 bad per 100 units? We'll make 10,000 units, and noone will notice the bad ones!"

Back when IDE was first getting established, the distributor I worked for brought in a boatload of drives made by a company called, 'Dai Yung'. We got a good chuckle, but we were right, almost ALL of them 'died young'.