Price Guides February 2004: Magnetic and Optical Storageby Kristopher Kubicki on February 25, 2004 4:19 AM EST
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Recently leaked memos from Maximum PC have been the cause of debate for the last few weeks. Sheller has the unabridged article here for your reading pleasure. Obviously, this has caused an unfriendly stir in the storage community. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the situation, there basically have been some unusual memos leaked from IBM that claim IBM insiders knew of problems with Deskstar hard drives, but decided to cover it up with marketing. This does not only look bad on IBM, but the whole storage community.
This comes right on the heels of Fujitsu's $43M settlement where it was discovered Fujitsu drives manufactured between 2000 and 2001 were built with faulty controller chips. Read more here.
Fortunately, even though the IDE market has been fairly tainted with scandal and lawsuits, the drives produced today are quite good. If you are looking for a stable, inexpensive drive primarily for additional storage, there are a lot of good IDE solutions. Our particular favorite this week is the 160GB Western Digital with 2MB buffer. Several sources have indicated the 2MB edition does not cripple the drives nearly as much as WD or Maxtor would like us to believe. For $100, you cant go wrong.