My XP desktop computer is over 5 years old. Good old XP has never been reloaded in that time, and needless to say, it's starting to groan a bit under the weight of software, accumulated crap and so on (although I do use Ccleaner regularly).
I've had no indications of HDD problems yet, but rather than waiting for my 5-yr-old hardworked Seagate IDE hard drive to fail, I've decided to buy a new drive, and put a new, clean XP installation on it. I'll then install my old drive as a slave and copy all my data across.
So - my question. What are the best brands of hard drive? And, even more importantly, are there any brands that are best avoided?
I have used most makes of drive in the last 10 years and I have yet to have one fail on me. Last 5 years have mainly been with Maxtor and Seagate who are now one company I believe. I have 2 in my XP machine plus another 2 in external cases all of which are at least 3 years old. If your Windows XP install disk is as old as your computer then the simple solution would be to replace IDE with IDE even if you motherboard supports SATA, unless you have the SATA drivers on floppy and a floppy drive. Alternative is to slipstream sp3 with your current Windows install disk to create another disk which will recognise SATA. Use nLite click here and download sp3 click here install and run nLite and follow instructions. You will end up with an iso file that you burn to disk to use as your new install disk. This will recognise SATA.
. Diodorus - thanks, that comment about Fujitsu echoes a similar one I've heard elsewhere. Strange though it may seem, I'm not too worried about the drive being ultra-silent. I've always found a fairly audible chattering to be a useful indicator of drive activity.
Marko797 - interesting. How old is your elderly Samsung?
canarieslover and Stuartli - my mobo is an NEC P5S800-VM Rev 1. I don't know whether it supports SATA, but given the age of the computer, I doubt it (unless you know different?). I also don't know whether it has the correct cable connection for a SATA drive. I had planned to replace the HDD just like-for-like - in other words IDE.
I have already slipstreamed SP3 into a new XP disk.