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Maxtor MaXLine III 7V300F0 300GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

  • 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
  • SATA 3.0Gb/s
  • 3 years limited
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Ryan W.
  • 7/8/2006 8:00:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome hard drive

Pros: What a great hard drive. Fast, easy to setup, and quiet. I'm lovin' it

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Check out that 5 year warranty!

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  • Michael P.
  • 6/15/2006 11:30:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fast, reliable drives that do what they were designed to do.

The 5 year warrenty is an added plus and shows the manufacturer's trust in their product.

Cons: Relatively low heat tolerance, they tend to fail faster if not kept cool.

Other Thoughts: I own somewhere near 18 of these exact model drives, and have never once had a DOA drive, or major drive failure.

I have noticed these drives are a bit more prone to premature failures if they're allowed to stay over 30C for significant periods of time.

All of these that I own I bought at various different dates, and have all been added to the RAID6 array in my primary workstation without a flaw.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/14/2006 3:40:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsFirst SATA Drive

Pros: So far, it's running great. All that extra space is great!

Cons: It gave me a bit of trouble installing, but I'll attribute that to the motherboard.

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  • Menglin T.
  • 6/8/2006 7:08:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood HD

Pros: great HD, 5 year warrenty is a +

Cons: a little too hot, need a fan to blow at it to make it batter

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/27/2006 1:52:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsDEAD DRIVE IN 2 WEEKS

Pros: Fast, Quiet

Cons: I ordered two drives for a Raid1 (mirroring Array) One of the two is now dead, in less than 2 weeks!!!

Other Thoughts: Maybe try a different brand drive?

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/14/2006 11:35:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: None that I can think of yet (until the "refurbed" replacements come.

Cons: DOA drives (4! purchased at the same time).

Other Thoughts: I purchased 4 of these drives to create a RAID 5 array with the SiiG controller on the ASUS AV8N-SLI Premium MB I purchased from NewEGG. I had read that NVIDIA based boards had issues with Maxtor 300GB drives but figured I would be OK because the 2nd RAID controller is not NVIDIA. Well after working on it off and on for over a month, I finally went and purchased an Adapatec controller to see why I could not get these drives to run consistently. After running the Maxtor PowerMax software, I come to find out that ALL FOUR DRIVES are DOA! Imagine my disgust. Because it took me a month to figure out the issue, I will now be STUCK with Maxtor refurb drives. Woohoo. Do yourself a favor and go with Sxxxate, you'll thank yourself even if you spend a little more money.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/3/2006 7:55:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsI had some troubles

Pros: Affordable.
Large capacity.
Highly-rated performance.

Cons: Couldn't get it to work on my nForce4 board.

Other Thoughts: I'm one of those who had troubles with this drive and nForce4 chipsets--at least I guess it was my chipset.

My mobo would recognized and identify the drive just fine, but when I tried to install Windows, the OS would not recognize the volume. "Unmountable Volume."

I ran diagnostics, reformatted, tried to reinstall more than a few times, but I could never get Windows to fully install on this drive.
I am aware of some firmware fixes, but there is some disagreement out there about it working for nForce4 boards.
Regardless, the hassle of getting a firmware upgrade from Maxtor--that may or may not work--is not worth the drama that this drive created from a simple weekend system install.

My conclusion: Whether it is a fault of the nF4 chipset or Maxtor, this incompatibility is rediculous and unacceptable. It's easier for me to substitute a different drive than start over with a different motherboard.
The drive was RMA'd.
Thanks for the great service, Newegg.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/3/2006 6:52:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsCrapp Drives

Pros: No Pros

Cons: I bought 3 drives and 1 came DOA. Two Months later another died.

Other Thoughts: All 3 drives had bad sectors in them

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/1/2006 8:44:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood for Audio recording

Pros: Easy installation. Fast, quiet. No problems.

Cons: SATA connectors: a bad design that leads to loose connections.

Other Thoughts: I have had a chance to use the 300GB Maxtor MaxLine III (7V300F0) in several recent multitrack recording sessions. Performance is excellent, and the drive adds nothing to the computer's noise level. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/28/2006 10:31:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGet firmware update if you plan to do Raid

Pros: I haven't done official benchmarks, but the drive seems to perform quite well on simple tests. The price per GB is great for an SATA II (3.0gb/s) drive with a 16MB cache. Native SATA controller (not an internal SATA to PATA conversion like most Maxtor drives). To respond to another post, of course the drives run hot - what modern HDD doesn't? Just get a case with adequate cooling.

Cons: Worked great until I decided to get another one and put them in a RAID 0 array. My ASUS A8R-MVP mobo (uli onboard raid controller) did not like these drives, and could not make an array with them. I found posts online by other people with this problem and their only solution was to get Seagate drives instead! But I eventually obtained a firmware upgrade (had to call Maxtor and request it). The firmware upgrade documentation was poor and kind of a wierd procedure, and even told me there were errors updating the firmware. But despite all that, it did work and with the new firmware I created the array no problem. My two drives are now working great as a RAID 0 array (although don't plan on getting the full 600GB - it's more like 560GB due to space required by the RAID array). So if you're planning on using this drive in a RAID array call Maxtor (1-800-2MAXTOR), give them your serial number and request firmare VA11670 (at time of writing the drives ship with VA11630)

Other Thoughts: This is an OEM drive, so make sure you have data and power cables. Some people have stated that Maxtor drives do not use true internal SATA, but rather convert SATA to PATA internally, but these posts are usually in reference to the DiamondMax line, not the Maxline series. According to Tom's Hardware, the Maxline III's are Maxtor's first to have a native SATA controller (see http://www.tomshardware.com/2004/08/20/hitachi/page5.html) for more info and benchmarks (a little dated, but still pretty relevant).

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