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Maxtor Hard Drives

I recently purchased a Maxtor Ultra ATA/133 hard drive. I have not installed it yet, because I've been told all kinds of horror stories about Maxtor.Mostly that they are unreliable and that they crash often. I would like to hear some opinions from anyone who is running one on their system. Any info. would be helpful.
Thanks, Pat

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Maxtor Hard Drives

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I have 4 Maxtor HDs at the current time, No Problems!
Over the years EVERY HD brand has had problems at one time or the other. Such is life.
Now keep in mind that ALL HDs will crash, someday!
Over the last six months the vast majority of the posts about HD have been about older ones and how to get the data off of them.
Lets see what others have to say. John

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MAXTOR

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Thanks, John. It's good to hear from someone who is using this product. Thanks for the information.
Pat

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Check this very long thread

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MAXTOR

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Thanks Ray. It looks like I'll have a lot of reading to do. Thanks for the information.
Pat

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(NT) Maxtor Hard Drives

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Maxtor is as good a HD as ANY... I am running 3 now with no problems. One suggestion though, at Maxtors website you can find a program called acm.exe
It is an accoustical controller. Use it and set your new HD up for max speed (and max sound) It will run quite a bit faster.( and "click" a bit when accessing)

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Maxtor

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Thanks so much for the information.
Pat

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Never a problem with Maxtor!

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Over the last 9 years my favorite HDD's are Maxtor for two reasons; one, I have never had a problem with them, and two, their pricing for what they offer. I have had problems with IBM and also W/D HDD's including failures. Currently I have 6 Maxtor?s running in three PC's and all work flawlessly. By the way, none make the excessive noises spoken of in this thread. They are 1 @ 30 gig/100, 1 @ 40 gig/133, and 4 @ 160/133.

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Thanks for the information. So far the info. that I have received has been very helpful. There are pros and cons to everything, so it really helps to hear from people that are using this product. Thanks again, Pat

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Just to add to the info :P

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I've used Maxtor in the past on my older computers and I found them some of the most flexible and amazingly functional hard drives that I have ever used
e.g. while modding my computer short circuited my PSU, technically this should've fried everything in my computer, everything was fried cept a stick of RAM and... the Maxtor hard drive

So I say use Maxtor if you can get hold of them for a good price, there a kick *** brand for reliability.
And as for the horror stories about Maxtor you should hear some of the Sea Gate stories :/

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MAXTOR

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Thanks,kamikaze__me. I'm getting such great feedback about Maxtor. It's good to hear everyone's opinion.
Thanks again, Pat

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Maxtor is unreliable and should not be used

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If you care about your data, I would avoid Maxtor's products like the plague. Despite what some here claim, it is NOT common for an internal hard drive to die in a year or two, but my one and only Maxtor internal drive did just that. The Maxtor folks DID replace that drive, though, at no cost--and they didn't have to, technically, because, at the time, they offered only a 1-year warrantee.

Unfortunately, I just learned that the back-up I made of that replaced hard drive, which went on a Maxtor external hard drive, is unreadable. It seems that Maxtor's externals are sent out with fat32, which in theory is readable by XP. In fact, though, Microsoft doesn't recommend the fat32 filesystem. Maxtor hides behind instructions it says it gives (I have borrowed the drive, so I don't have the instructions) to convert the ''plug-and-play'' fat32 to an NTFS filesystem if using with XP.

The bottom line is that, for professional use, NTFS is standard. Indeed, how many fat32 systems are still used anywhere? Maxtor, in sending out a product that does not conform to the NTFS standard, excludes itself from consideration as a business or professional solution. You have been warned.

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MAXTOR

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Thanks for the infomation. I need to see the pros and cons so I can make a decision. This is my first attempt in building a computer, so all info. is helpful. Thanks again, Pat

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Huh?

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Fat32 is used in every computer running win98. Believe it, or not, there are a lot of people still running win98, I have 3 computers, now that are running win98, as are a lot of my customers.

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Huh again?

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I'm sorry, but I don't know where you get your information at, but what you say makes no sense to me, maybe I am misreading your post.

You do not buy a new hard drive that is already formatted, it is the operating system, that determines the file system requirements, not the hard drive.

External hard drives use fat32, because that is more universal than NTFS, with all most windows systems can use fat32.

Also, XP will run a fat32, however for optimum performance, and enhancements, NTFS is the preferred method.

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Maxtor HDD's

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Hi, for what another opinion is worth, for the last 3 years I have used a Maxtor drive in my computer, a 20GB . The 20GB drive is still running well with no problems so far. When I purchased the system I also installed a cooling fan on the HDD which I believe did contribute to increasing the life span of the drive. Recently I purchased a new system with a 40GB Maxtor drive and installed a cooling fan on the HDD. I guess it's up to the individual as to forming their own opinion of this product. A footnote: ALL HDD's will eventually fail, it's inevitable.

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MAXTOR

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Thanks for the information. All I need now is the right motherboard and I'll be ready to build my first computer. Thanks again, Pat

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One more. . .

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MAXTOR

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Thanks for the information.All I need now is the motherboard and I'll be ready to build my first computer. Thanks again, Pat

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I like Maxtors

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I have Maxtors in a couple of my computers, and haven't had any trouble with them at all. However, I don't run any intensive applications, so my opinion may be void.

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