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Pros: Even though this drive did not work with my Mobo (through no fault of Maxtor) they were a pleasure to deal with. They swapped out my drive for a 1.5 Gb drive with little or no push back.
Dealing with the Mobo manufacturer (Abit) was the complete opposite. They were very unhelpful and told me this was my problem and to talk to Newegg
I am giving this 5 stars because of Maxtor's extremely helpful staff.
Cons: This Drive will NOT work on SATA I Mobo (1.5 Gb/s) even though the literature says it is backwards compatable! I spent a lot of time on the phone with Maxtor and no one could figure out how to do it.
Make Sure you have a SATA II Mobo for this drive!
Pros: Very good runs at 35c most of the time very good startup time on a MSI k8n Diamond plus Nforce 4 ULTRA SLIX16 chipset very easy installation Reads it all in one big disk works great perfect for speedy file opening to Xtreme Gaming!
Cons: None yet works great!
Overall Review: If you need storage this is the drive to do it with I would buy this one its cheaper then most 300GB Drives :-) Very Nice and quiet too!.
Pros: We've tested this against all other 3G SATA drives on the market. It beats them all in random performance, making it an excellent boot drive.
Cons: It's no longer manufactured by Maxtor now that they have been purchased by Seagate, though Seagate claims they will honor the warranty.
Pros: Excellent drive, quiet, stable
Cons: None to speak of.
Overall Review: For people who don't understand hard drive math, that 35 GB is a rounding issue. Windows sees a GB as 1073741824 Bytes, which it is. HD companies measure a GB as 1000000000 Bytes. Do the math and you'll arrive at the difference.
Pros: I purchased this drive along with a Vantek eSATA external enclosure (NST-360SU-BK) with the intent of attaching it to my cable company provided DVR - a Scientific Atlanta 8300HD. It worked without a hitch. Assembly was easy. Installation was easy. Now I've got 500Gb more space to save my video recordings. Sweet!
Cons: The only thing I can think of is that you can hear the drive whirring away during quiet moments of TV shows. That's no big deal. It's not distracting, but it was a little disconcerting until I figured out what it was.
Overall Review: If you've got a Scientific Atlanta cable box don't fall for the balogne that you need to buy some special external expansion drive (at 3 times the price) to use it with your cable box.
Pros: Fast, quiet. Supposedly seagate will support the 5 year warrantys on these maxtor drives now that they own them.
Cons: Bought 4 of these things for my NAS. One was DOA so i had to wait for a replacement to get my NAS going, replacement arrived, box began formatting drive. It died about an hour into formatting, RMA'd, got a third drive here, formatted and been running fine for a couple weeks now.
Overall Review: I guess 1 out of 4 to fail isnt to bad, but the replacement dying also, had me really worried, especially since these are 'Enterprise Level" drives. Fortunately i'm running Raid 5 so i can withstand losing a drive. But the repeat drive death experience has me worried about the 0.001% chance that i have 2 drives die together or close together, and lose my whole 1.5TB array. eeek..
Pros: Good value and fast drive access.
Cons: Bought two of these and the secaond one failed after 2 months. Numerous bad sectors, and forced reboots.
Overall Review: Next time I'll go with a different brand.
Pros: Nice price. Extremely quiet. 3.0gbs speed. Support NCQ.
Cons: I purchased 3 of these at one time. One of them is starting to make odd noises. I'm going to wait and see if it fails. I'm not sure if it is the drives fault of the fact that it came wrapped in a single layer of bubble wrap and then stuck in box filled with styrofoam popcorn--not the greatest way to ship hard drives.
Overall Review: I like them. I hope they don't start failing.