I have 3 maxtors but to be truthful LaCie or Western Digital would probably do. I only bought the Maxtors as they were a 'job lot'. I know a few people that have Freecom drives which tend to be cheaper and they seem happy with them.
I've used a Maxtor fire wire for 3 years now, and reckon it's pretty good. Might give you ASPI driver problems if you're still using Win98SE and you would need to update (Maxtor's web site gives solution from FAQ's). Worked Ok with XP though.
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