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I have an old Dell desktop and want to replace HD

The original HD is a Maxtor Model 31024H1 (IDE) and I want to know what would be a good updated replacement?

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From experience I recommend a Western Digital Hard Disk Drive as I have had far less problems with them then Seagate - As IDE is gradually being phased out I recommend acting soon as the drives will become scarce as they are very cheap and lacking in variety at the moment.

In particular the Western Digital Caviar WD5000AAKB is a good value drive - just over a hundred dollars and features 500GB of space 7200RPM and a 16mb Cache

It seems the best for value at the moment once again I advise you not to delay as vendors are gradually phasing them out.


Hope this information pointed you in the right direction ;)


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Posted on Jan 08, 2009

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