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Seems like a pretty good deal to me

500Gb Hitachi SATA-2 P7K500 Hard Drive- 16MB
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#1
Not bad price for a 500gb hdd however i have heard very bad things about Hitachi HDD's. Its worth paying ab bit more for a better make

I have just picked up a WD 500gb sata 2 HDD for £41 inc P&P
#2
Sparky, where from?
#3
some bloke on ebay :)

it is brand new and sealed (3 years warranty).
He had 10 of them and now he has listed another 10 but increased the price by £3.
#4
sparkygeezer;2507263
Not bad price for a 500gb hdd however i have heard very bad things about Hitachi HDD's. Its worth paying ab bit more for a better make

I have just picked up a WD 500gb sata 2 HDD for £41 inc P&P


after my experiences i would touch another WD drive....have 4 (totally about 2tb)and 1 has just failed, previously had a WD (2nd one), maxtor and hitachi fail also in the past 7 years.....seagate and samsung are supposedly better....wd used to make excellent drives, now they are poor.....the one that failed was 4 years old, my 3 year old one doesnt seem 100% (but data is backed up), but my other two are about 7 years old one and are fine (will almost certainly out last the 3 year old one)

just about to buy a hp home server so will get seagate or samsung drives...warranties on external WD drives are a pathetic 2 years, seagate are 5 years, maxtor & hitachi 3 years
#5
sparkygeezer;2507490
some bloke on ebay :)

it is brand new and sealed (3 years warranty).
He had 10 of them and now he has listed another 10 but increased the price by £3.


wouldnt buy any computer/photo stuff on ebay...either 2nds, fake with a few genuine ones...thats from an ex-powerseller
#6
would.... n't
banned#7
sparkygeezer
Not bad price for a 500gb hdd however i have heard very bad things about Hitachi HDD's. Its worth paying ab bit more for a better make

I have just picked up a WD 500gb sata 2 HDD for £41 inc P&P


Check the harddrive serial number with the WD website to see if it is actually a valid serial and how long your warranty period is. You will be surprised by the number of counterfeit items let alone harddrives sold on fleabay.
#8
Didnt hitachi produce the "Deathstar" i know that was a bad drive, but technology advances who knows they could be ok now?

If you can get a seagate for a few quid more id recommend, mines been spot on
I once had a maxtor diamond 9? that actually burnt out lol
#9
sburley;2508297
would.... n't

yep...lol!
#10
dark_like_vader
Didnt hitachi produce the "Deathstar" i know that was a bad drive, but technology advances who knows they could be ok now?

If you can get a seagate for a few quid more id recommend, mines been spot on
I once had a maxtor diamond 9? that actually burnt out lol


ibm produced the "deathstar" then sold the plant to hitachi, by the time hitachi took over the drives were a lot better
#11
Seagate have acuired Maxtor and soon there will be no more Maxtor branded hard drives. Which can only be good.
#12
what's the best make to get ? i'm thinking of buying one. Although every time someone posts a hard drive deal, someone has to say its no good. i'm beginning to think its all down to personal experience.
#13
chump
i'm beginning to think its all down to personal experience.


Spot on, just never buy a Maxtor. :thumbsup:
#14
Although they cost more, I could strongly reccomend the Samsung Spinpoint series.
#15
Sparksalot
Although they cost more, I could strongly reccomend the Samsung Spinpoint series.


I wouldnt. Ive had 2 in 2 months. One died and the other was DOA. My other Samsung is ok but it does get quite noisy sometimes
#16
Diekund
I wouldnt. Ive had 2 in 2 months. One died and the other was DOA. My other Samsung is ok but it does get quite noisy sometimes


bad batch? did you get them both at the same time? I got a 500GB and unless you're doing something disk taxing its pretty quiet in my lil cubeoid case. zero problems so far.

but yeah like the previous apge said, don't get a Maxtor :) :thumbsup:
#17
Sparksalot
bad batch? did you get them both at the same time? I got a 500GB and unless you're doing something disk taxing its pretty quiet in my lil cubeoid case. zero problems so far.

but yeah like the previous apge said, don't get a Maxtor :) :thumbsup:


no, the second was a replacement for the first :(

ive thrashed the one thats in atm, so no wonder it makes noise :O
#18
You can get the same hitachi pk500 for just over £27 from here:-

http://store.cbccomputers.com/products.asp?partno=HDP725025GLA380
#19
everyone has a differnt 'bad hard drive' story.
if you take everyones storys they probably all even out.
they are pretty much all the same nowadays . (except maxtor maybe?)
I'd personaly go with the best warranty , which was samsung at my last check with 5years on all drives.
#20
People who slate HDD manufacturers make me laugh. All HDD's regardless of makes will have bad batches or the odd dud one, this will be more than enough for the customer to stop buying their HDD's. I had a dud seagate, Didnt stop me buying another seagate though and has not died on me yet. Fickle uninformed customers.
#21
frogbog
You can get the same hitachi pk500 for just over £27 from here:-

http://store.cbccomputers.com/products.asp?partno=HDP725025GLA380


Errrm thats the 250Gb drive.
#22
frogbog
You can get the same hitachi pk500 for just over £27 from here:-

http://store.cbccomputers.com/products.asp?partno=HDP725025GLA380


half the capacity but more than half the price.
#23
once bitten twice shy - had one, failed within a month, had to send abroad for warranty replacement, took 4 weeks - never again
#24
beavisrules
they are pretty much all the same nowadays . (except maxtor maybe?)


This is true, the reason Maxtor are not quite on par was due to manufacturing problems last year.
#25
Smitheeeee;2508979
Spot on, just never buy a Maxtor. :thumbsup:

All the HDD's in the PC I am posting from are Maxtor. They have been problem free for years.
#26
beavisrules

I'd personaly go with the best warranty , which was samsung at my last check with 5years on all drives.


Samsung offers 3 years warranty, Seagate offers 5 years.
#27
As a quick note, did you know that Maxtor is in fact owned by Seagate?

So, essentially, Maxtor and Seagate are the same product - just different trading brands.
#28
cb-uk
As a quick note, did you know that Maxtor is in fact owned by Seagate?

So, essentially, Maxtor and Seagate are the same product - just different trading brands.


Not necessarily! They would be manufactured in different plants, possibly in different countries, have different Quality Assurance teams, shipping processes, and the list goes on. The only thing they share are possibly some electronic components (usually controllers, chips) and the technology.

That said, it has been said before: I too had dozens (literally) of Maxtors and yes, a few have left me down, but percentage-wise, so have the other brands, almost without exception.

Get your drive from a reputable source, look for benchmark reviews, make sure they fit your requirements, always back up your important data, and keep your fingers crossed! ;-)
#29
TeddyT
People who slate HDD manufacturers make me laugh. All HDD's regardless of makes will have bad batches or the odd dud one, this will be more than enough for the customer to stop buying their HDD's. I had a dud seagate, Didnt stop me buying another seagate though and has not died on me yet. Fickle uninformed customers.


Couldn't agree with you more...

The thing I hate more is when people **** off a company from personal opinion. People, if you are going to put a product down, then provide some links to reviews backing up your comments. Otherwise its just a useless, unconstructive post.
#30
chump;2508841
what's the best make to get ? i'm thinking of buying one. Although every time someone posts a hard drive deal, someone has to say its no good. i'm beginning to think its all down to personal experience.

That's usually down to personal experiences. In my case I've had numerous IBM/Hitachi and Maxtor failures.
Currently I've:
2* Seagate 7200.7s (around 4 years old)
2* Seagate 7200.10s (around two years old)
2* More recent Seagate drives 7200.11s (750 8Mb cache and 750 16 Mb Cache)
1 External Western Digital Elements 500Mb Drive , which is the noisiest of the lot
1 Samsung Spinpoint 1TB which corrupted its own MBR AFTER installing Vista. I had a devils own job of fixing it with the flakey Samsung tools.
Basically Seagate for me.
#31
I wouldn't buy a Hitachi hard drive even if my life depended on it.

They used to make quality items I got a telly from 1978 and it still works today but their hard drives die.

IMO get yourself Samsung or Seagate!
#32
psd99
I wouldn't buy a Hitachi hard drive even if my life depended on it.


+1

totally agree dude :-D

Western Digital for me or Samsung
#33
Rusty!
All the HDD's in the PC I am posting from are Maxtor. They have been problem free for years.

I'm glad the problems have been free, I suspect you would have been a little upset if you had to pay for the problems... :whistling:
#34
royals
wouldnt buy any computer/photo stuff on ebay...either 2nds, fake with a few genuine ones...thats from an ex-powerseller

That sounds nonsense to me as it’s not exactly easy or cost effective to make fake CPUs, RAM, VGA cards, motherboards etc.
What evidence do you have to support your ‘theory’?
#35
chump
what's the best make to get ? i'm thinking of buying one. Although every time someone posts a hard drive deal, someone has to say its no good. i'm beginning to think its all down to personal experience.


Seagate are the best in my opinion

Before buying cheap hard drives, consider the value of your data ;-)
#36
Agharta
That sounds nonsense to me as it’s not exactly easy or cost effective to make fake CPUs, RAM, VGA cards, motherboards etc.
What evidence do you have to support your ‘theory’?


I've heard of fake CPUs & RAM - although that was a good "few" years ago.

As an aside, eBay is especially awash with fake CF and SD cards.
#37
gizmouk
Before buying cheap hard drives, consider the value of your data ;-)

In other words it’s irrelevant which drive you buy as a good backup procedure is much more important.
#38
psd99
I wouldn't buy a Hitachi hard drive even if my life depended on it.

They used to make quality items I got a telly from 1978 and it still works today but their hard drives die.

IMO get yourself Samsung or Seagate!


Well chances are that you or you friends are using or have been using an Hitachi drive. The ipod uses Hitachi drives (Toshiba also) and they shipped 5.9 million 1.8" HD in Q3 2007 alone.
#39
gizmouk
I've heard of fake CPUs & RAM - although that was a good "few" years ago.

I purchased a fake Pentium II 300 back in the day when it was fairly easy to do that. It was a re-badged Pentium II 266 which was unstable at 300MHz otherwise I’d never have known.
#40
Agharta
In other words it’s irrelevant which drive you buy as a good backup procedure is much more important.


Well said. I back up online as it costs me nothing.

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