View Full Version : Recommend a 400gig SATA drive?

michael c
05-01-2005, 05:14 PM
What 400 gig do you guys recommend? I am going to use it as an extra drive (not boot drive) for sound fx files and samples that I need to stream and access for recording work.

Thank you.

05-01-2005, 06:05 PM
What Mac model you are using?

If you have a G5, you can add another drive.

If you are using a G4 and a SATA card?

I would buy a Seagate 7200.8 400GB

Or two Seagate 7200.8 250GB if you have a G4 and the "room" for two more drives. Cuz they are cheaper, you have 500GB and if you want more throughput, you can RAID them together.



michael c
05-01-2005, 08:25 PM
I am buying the new G5 2.3 or 2.7. Is the Hitachi Deskstar 400 meg a faster drive? The Seagate I've heard is pretty slow.

Thank you.

05-01-2005, 08:42 PM
About the Seagate 7200.8 and the Hitachi:

The Hitachi has 0.2 ms lower service times, but the Seagate has 9,4MB higher transfer rates at the beginning (empty disk) and 7MB at the end (disk full).

Since the IBM/Hitachi Vancouver series I am not a fan of Hitachi anymore (four drives died in 3 month).

So I think it is subjective, but I never had issues with Seagate drives.



05-02-2005, 10:43 AM
And I am holding a dead 250 GB ATA Hitiachi (PN 08D0466, model: HDS7228525VLAT80) that is about 1 year old. Half of a mirrored set, started throwing errors, and now will not mount.

Planning to move to Seagates as replacements for increased reliability. Although all brands have had their stars and their dogs, I have also had limited issues with Maxtors and Western Digitals in the past...no problems with Seagates yet. I do have one Seagate (in a set of 6 installed in a JBOD) that will squeak a bit on start up, but it keeps chugging along, and is over 3 years old.