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internal hard drive recommendation

I just went through data recovery on a WD400BB, dated 2002, 40GB Western Digital, success...now I want to get new drive and was looking for some input on recommendations.  I see there are 3 big guns, Seagate, Maxtor and Western Digital.  This is for a XP machine, desktop and 100GB is sufficient.  Looking from brand, maybe model number and best place to purchase.
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
you can't go wrong with those brands.
you'll need to determine whether your computer takes IDE or SATA
then just go for whatever brand or size you want

as far as best place to buy ... check out major retailers like best buy or circuit city.  they often run specials every week that will have at least one drive at a really good price.  i've picked up a 160gb at like $60 after rebate before.
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precisionAuthor Commented:
IDE
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Actually you can go wrong with those brands.  IF you buy one with a warranty of less than 3 years.  Hard drives have moving parts and will break down eventually.  That's why backups are vitally important.  Since you already had a major issue where recovery was necessary, you might want to look into setting up a RAID 1 (Mirror).  The controllers for this are cheap (SATA/IDE run about $20 or less... some more) and then you'd need two identical drives.  If one failed, the other keeps going and you don't lose your data.

That said, when it comes to hard drives, I buy any brand with a 3 year warranty from a company I've heard of and otherwise know will be around (or at least bought by another company) in a few years.  Hitachi, Samsung, Western Digital, Maxtor, Seagate - doesn't matter much to me... as long as the warranty is 3 years or longer (and I have seen some that have only 1 YEAR warranties.

As for places to buy, best buy and circuit city will rip you off - at best they'll have a mail-in rebate.  I strongly suggest you buy online, and have a look at www.newegg.com
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
In my server right now, I have:
SAMSUNG 160GB
WESTERN DIGITAL 80GB
SAMSUNG 160GB
WESTERN DIGITAL 120GB
HITACHI 160GB
MAXTOR 160GB

I pulled a seagate and another Western Digital recently as they were small and I didn't have long enough IDE cables for my new case.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
zephyr_hex,
> for example... a quick search ... 300gb drive for $140 :
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Seagate-Internal-Hard-Drive-ST3300631A-RK-/sem/rpsm/oid/147047/catOid/-12973/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

$115 INCLUDING shipping - 5 Year Warranty - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148099


> 160gb for $60:  http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Seagate-Internal-Hard-Drive-ST3160023A-RK-/sem/rpsm/oid/118284/catOid/-12973/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

$78 including shipping - 5 Year Warranty - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148093

Note: by model number, not identical models

The Circuit City 160 GB drive is $110+ out of pocket.  Then you have to deal with the rebates - which maybe you're vigilent about, but I seem to only be able to send in about half - sometimes I never get the rebates...
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
i always have received my rebates.  never once had an issue, and i buy from BB and CC alot (at least $1000 every 6 months)
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knoxzooCommented:
www.pricewatch.com is a good place to start your search.  Each of those brands have multiple product lines.  For example, WD has their "Enterprise" lineup, and their "Desktop" lineup.  Maxtor has "Enterprise", "Desktop", "Home/Office", etc...  

Maxtor - Maxline
WD - Caviar or Raptor
Seagate - Barracuda
Hitachi - Deskstar
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I avoid pricewatch - many of the vendors listed there are not known for quality customer service.  You may be fine... but newegg has a great reputation and you'd be, in the long term, better off with them.
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
i have purchased from newegg and it is a good site.  if you have something against rebates, newegg is a good option.  i also have had good experiences with tigerdirect (http://www.tigerdirect.com).
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precisionAuthor Commented:
Ok, thanks for all your comments and advise, great information!
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