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Circuit City has a 100GB Western Digital drive on sale for $70 this week. The drive part number is WD1000BBRTL.


I was wondering if this would be a good replacement for the 30GB drive in my showstopper which started making a lot of noise recently.


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-Bruce

 

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IMO!!! WDs SUCK!!!


I have heard that they are NOT good replacements in RTVs.


Coming for the PC support side... nuthin' but trouble in that environment, too!


Wait for a good Maxtor deal, or an IBM/Hitachi Deskstar (the latter are probably not as good for the warranty support, unlike Maxtor, but I picked my 120 and a 60 up fairly cheap!)


Good Luck!
 

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On the flip side I'll say that my experience had been the opposite from the PC side. The WD's lasted longer, seemed faster, and ran more quiet. YMMV.
 

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Isn't $70 for 100MB a bit expensive. Now if it were 100GB, that would be a decent price. Not to mention, why would you want to decrease the recording space (yeah, I figured it was a typo).


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I gotta say my experience with Western Digital drives has been the complete opposite of what xstrym describes. I currently have 5 different WD drives, all in the JB series, and I've had nothing but good luck. My maxtor is dog slow in comparison. I have a wd1200jb in my replay right now and it's working great. I have a fried with the wd1600jb in his and that ones working great as well.
 

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All HDs fail. The only truly problematic HD I know of was the IBM "Deathstar" (Deskstar) 75GXP. There was ample documented evidence to conclude that those things just sucked. They died too early too often. Other than those, they all run pretty well these days and vary only by speed, sound and temperature. The reasons people have negative opinions of any drive brand is invariably because they had one fail too early. Then they buy a replacement, usually of another brand, and it lasts forever. Then they conclusion is that one brand is better than another. I have purchased hundreds of drives of varying brands and never have seen a pattern to conclude anything other than all drives fail, some earlier than others and it's just plain bad luck when they do fail too early.


And in case anyone cares, I have two WD 80GB drives in my PC which runs 24/7. No problems in about a year so far.


Just my $.02.
 

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Oh and don;t forget about the Fujitsu drives from a few years ago... AMAZINGLY quiet drives for the time.... even more so when the HD controller quietly fried itself and made the drive a brick.... I still have to laugh after I had 2 out of 2 drives just up and die... ( yes, I have to laugh, or I'd cry)....


ever wonder why Fujitsu gave up on the desktop HD market... hmmm..... though I admit, they offered replacements VERY speedily...overnight FEDEX or New/Reurb drive upfront and post paid return shipping after for no cost.... of course, when you know your drives are defective and don;t recall them, I suppose you have a little making up to do on the return side of things....


great luck so far with my WD's, Maxtor, and some of my IBM's (excluding the same above).....
 

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$70 for a new 100GB drive is a good price. I have never used a WD1000BB but I have been running a 5400rpm WD1200AB in a TiVo without any problems for about a year now. My experience over the years has been favorable with Western Digital drives.


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