Originally posted by Dee-ehn
As a matter of fact, WD is one of the brands with the highest failure rates (at least, I read so about 2 or 3 months ago).
I can't remember a Maxtor failing me; WD failed me two times by know.
I guess that just what's called (bad) luck... [/B]
Yup just about everyone you meet will have a different favourite down to personal experience with hard drives.
However most drive manufacturers including Maxtor recently changed their guarantees from 3 years to just 1 year, apart from WD - theirs is still 3 years. That is a big point to consider if you are buying drives right now. Also the WD Raptors have 5 years! (and are very sweet :D).
I have two Maxtors 7200rpm which have been running in raid config for about 2 years with no problems whatsoever. However when I first bought them I had to send one back within a week for replacement when it failed. Just down to luck.
A friend had the same Maxtor setup in Raid, and his lasted for the same time before recently failing not far from the end of their old 3 year warranty. If he bought maxtor now he would only get 1 year and would have had to buy 2 new drives!
Most major manufactures are pretty good these days anyway.