I was going to start a thread with a title "Seagates, Seagates everywhere" but I'll tag onto this one instead.
I went to the local PC Fair on Saturday, looking primarily for two SATA 120s to throw into Raid-0. My primary choices are WD and Maxtor, since they still have a 3 year warranty on the 120s (at least on Newegg). Third choice was Hitachi which are supposed to be very good and fast but only have a 1 year warranty. Seagate was not really in the running because of, well, a general feeling that they weren't as good. Plus, 1 year warranty.
So, of the six dealers that had SATA, all had only Seagates (80 and 120). (I smelled a conspiracy to keep me driveless). One told me that Seagates were the only ones that were real SATA drives and that the others were just IDE with a front end. I think that is correct, but for all of them, not just Seagates.
One seemed more honest and said they had the highest markup value.
I didn't check the model numbers nor do I know if they all had the same models. Anyway, I figured I'd ask for any thoughts.
I'm having a bad time with my WD 80GB 8mb buffer ATA100, cause of the noisy. When I switched to WC, I decreased the noise of my system by pulling all the fans out, now I can hear the HDD loudly. I know that FDB is really helping, I guess I'd go for the Hitachi then.