My experience with Maxtor and some questions

By F1N3ST ยท 6 replies
Dec 21, 2006
  1. Well I have been using this 200GB IDE Maxtor for about 3 months. I ripped it out of an external hard drive, so idk if I can get waranty. It now clicks click clicks! And if i BUMP my tower click, freeze. So I went ahead and bought a 320GB Seagate 7200.10 w/ 16MB of cache. I am sure it will make way less noise and perform way better. It is SATAII. Should stuff load faster and perform better with this new hard drive? And what is the differance between molex and SATA power? I wonder how long maxtors warranty is.....
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    absolutely. SATA II is a much newer and superior technology than IDE.
    molex and SATA power use different adapters.
  3. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 596

    I know the differance in shape, but are there advantages from one over the other? More stable power, idk.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Just the connectors, nothing else is different. Your SATA drive isn't going to be much faster than your 200 gig IDE drive, pretty much any modern drive that isn't 10,000 rpm or higher is going to perform very similar.

    You can check your warranty status by going to the RMA page on Maxtor's site. Its at least 3 years, unless its an OEM drive, then it may be different.
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    sounds oem issue
    if there where no tamper tags or screws put back in the case send it back after a RMA authorization number has been given to you
    all this of course it has to be in warranty time limit
    some improvement if the cache buffer is higher
  6. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    seagate bought out maxtor about one year ago, and is still in the process of slowly running maxtor into the ground. ever since then, i've been using WD drives in builds.
  7. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 596


    I installed the new drive using SeaTools, couldn't be easier, It copied all files from old hard drive to new hard drive, formatted old hard drive, shut down, and i removed the old hard drive, rebooted into windows with no problem! I notice it is way faster when playing videos and loading games. It has double the cache, and has perpendicular recording, so this was to be expected, it is also a lot quieter! All this was done while playing my x-mas present saints row and a 360 :D
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