I saw what I thought was a great price for a hard drive: a 500 GB disk, 7,200 RPM and a 3 year warranty for $99 at Fry’s. Then I realized I was looking at a Maxtor brand drive. In the last several years, I’ve found Maxtor drives to always be available for less money than their competitors’ drives, usually including a manufacturer’s rebate. I’ve realized since then why these drives are less expensive: they fail a lot more often.
In my desktop computer at this very moment, which houses a Maxtor 200 GB drive and a Maxtor 250 GB drive, the boot disk failed first, and then it seems the second drive died from loneliness and depression. By the time this happened, I had already acquired my new notebook computer and made it my primary machine, transferring all my important documents and data.
A few years ago, Seagate, a competitor, acquired Maxtor. I don’t believe I’ve purchased a Maxtor drive since then, so I’m wondering if the quality of the drives has improved. Based only on price, it looks like they’re still the low-cost option, and I’m willing to bet they’re still the low-quality option as well.
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Updated February 10, 2011 and originally published June 8, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.