Howdy... so it's time to once again get more bleedin' hard disk space. I'm looking to score between 750 Gb and 1.5... what's the sweet spot these days? Probably an even terrabyte, methinks. I'm thinking good old SATA... I'm on a G5 tower still, waiting to upgrade early next year. I need the space for music projects right now - just got Logic Studio and the full install is mind-blowing in size, never mind loading on all my songs and extra loops and such. All of that will easily take up a hundred gigs, and I have plenty more pix and other goodies too. I needs me mo space!<br><br>Looking for recommendations of brands and models. I ask this every time I have to bust up a level, knowing full well that these things switch up and it's best to stay current with whatever's got the best reputation of the moment.<br><br>All responses appreciated - cheers!<br><br>[color:red]_________________________</font color=red><br>[color:white]Max </font color=white><br>
I'm still recommending Seagates to my clients. The 1TB is indeed the sweet spot. Unfortunately, you have missed the bargains by about a week. The dollar exchange rate has recently made hard drive prices rise dramatically on our side of the border. As an example, a week ago I bought 4 Seagate 1TB drives for a client at $130 each. The same drive today is $155 - still a reasonable price for the amount of space.<br><br>Just be sure the one you select is a 7200.11 and not 7200.10 - 7200.11 is a later revision and slightly better drive.<br><br>- alec -
Duuuuude! I might have known you'd come to the rescue, Mr. Alec.<br><br>OK, Seagate it is. I'm not bothered I missed the boat; you're right, $155 or thereabouts is still pretty good. I see Canada Computers selling lots of cheap drives. Going to order me up one. Thanks for the tip on 7200.11 - roger that!<br><br>[color:red]_________________________</font color=red><br>[color:white]Max </font color=white><br>
Be certain you keep the original packaging. I learned my lesson. I had a 500 GB Seagate go kaput. I could not claim warranty since I didn't have the "proper" packaging to return the sucker. Seagate gives a link to purchase the proper stuff but the cost plus shipping almost equalled buying a new HD. Another thing. If you should get a dud HD, Seagate will replace it with a refurbished HD.<br><br>I'm not just pointing at Seagate. I believe all the manufacturers do the same thing.<br><br>
I wonder if that's a Canada thing re: original packaging? Because when my TB drive went down, for $19 Seagate shipped me a new (well...refurb one, but that's another story) in a box that all I did was put my old one in there and shipped it back to them, free.<br><br>So yeah, you will get a refurb as a replacement.<br><br><br><br>my photos
Maybe it is a Canadian thing. I can assure you Seagate was less than pleasant to deal with. Shipping is NOT free to send it back to them. They also insisted that packaging meets their spec exactly or they would void the warranty. I was really peeved. Still am. Not a happy Seagate customer having had the HD for 9 months before it crapped out. Been reading that WD operates the same way so what can ya do? Canadians often get the short end of the stick. <br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>And what will you be backing up that monstrosity with? <p><hr></blockquote><p>Hiya, Reboot! Hmmm... just a LaCie external FW 800 drive. Half a gig large. Plus two other drives I generally keep current(ish) but mostly stay offline. I figure that once I get all my music and pix files online, plus all the usual apps, it'll come in around 300 gigs or so. Not an insane amount but it's good enough for my purposes. I'll also be backing up the main drive with a dedicated 500 Gb internal SATA (currently the main drive but it'll shortly become my Time Machine volume). Will also be manually backing up to the LaCie.<br><br>Pain to keep track of it all sometimes but it's worth it to me. PLus a 1000Gb gives me plenty of headroom for making ridiculous opus-esque compositions in Logic... that and lots of RAM!<br><br>Marg, I'll keep your troubles in mind. I buy almost all my drives downtown at the computer stores on College... Canada Computers is my mainstay. Never had any problems dealing with them. If a drive goes south, it's covered by a 90 day warranty... they sell a lot of OEM drives but it's all been clear sailing for me thus far.<br><br>[color:red]_________________________</font color=red><br>[color:white]Max </font color=white><br>
I've been lucky. That was my first dud HD ever. It was a learning experience. Just remember to stash the box away someplace, just in case.<br><br>I took a look at the Canada Computer website and decided to bite the bullet and order another 500 GB drive. The price was excellent. Hope I have better luck this time. <br><br>
I thought the same thing about the packaging after perusing the Seagate instructions. They appear contradictory if you read them from different sources. As I remember it, there was an easily overlooked "or" in there somewhere that made returning considerably easier than I originally thought. I put my drive in the required antistatic bag and them wrapped it securely in soft foam. They accepted it without any problem.<br><br>
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