View Full Version : dead! 160 GB Western Digital HD $99.99 After Rebate
07-13-2003, 11:43 AM
07-13-2003, 05:06 PM
Some family members picked a few of these drives up. It appears that they come with an ATA/100 controller.
07-13-2003, 05:29 PM
I was pointing out that you get a free controller, not the fact that they are ATA/100. Everytime, I take advantage of a $79 - $99 after MIR type deal, they seem to never include a free controller.
I also have a few of the WD 8MB cache drives and I do prefer them over the maxtor.
07-15-2003, 01:36 AM
I have a total of 6 computers at the office, each has 40gb maxtors... Already had to RMA 3 of them......
07-15-2003, 03:13 PM
Originally posted by DarkFury
I've never bought a > 137GB drive which didn't come with the controller card. I guess all of the retail packs I have bought from Staples/CompUSA have had them
DF: I bought a 160GB Maxtor from Office Depot last night. ($99 after $50 rebate). Unfortunately, it did NOT come with a free ATA card inside. In fact, none of the boxes on the shelf contained this card. So I returned the drive earlier this morning and I will be getting this WD from CompUSA. For about the same price, I get a 3 year warranty cushion and a free ATA card. Plus, I've owned two WD drives in the past and I've been satisfied with their reliability.
07-16-2003, 09:53 AM
Originally posted by DarkFury
Oh.. ok. My bad... I misunderstood.
I know that the Maxtor 160GB drives come with an ATA 133 controller card...
BTW... I've never bought a > 137GB drive which didn't come with the controller card. I guess all of the retail packs I have bought from Staples/CompUSA have had them since just about all the mobos out there don't natively support large drives without using an add on card. :D
Thanks for clearing up your statement for me. :thumb:
My second Maxtor 160GB (Staples) doesn't come with a controller card ($80 after MIR). The first Maxtor 160GB (CompUSA) comes with one though so I use that to run both of my 160GB hard drives. I definitely go with WD hard drives over Maxtor because of the 3-year warranty and the free controller card. Fry's has the WD 200GB (8MB buffer) hard drive on sale for $129.99 after MIR and it comes with free controller card. BTW I'm not buying any hard drive under 160GB anymore.
07-18-2003, 02:49 AM
anyone know about using this drive with windows XP... im concerned about the >137GB thing. I have a abit KX7-333... will it work well without worrying about loosing data?
07-18-2003, 02:52 PM
Well from what i understand Windows XP does not support the 48-Bit LBA which is necissary for this drive. I think SP1 might fix that however. Does anyone know if this KX7 supports the 48-Bit LBA? I would like to get away with not having to use that controller card if possible. But I am having a hard time finding out information on this motherboard.
07-19-2003, 12:01 AM
I think I read somewhere about possible data corruption on XP with extremely large hard drives. However, I've been running my 160gb in Winxp for a few months now. No problems yet.
07-19-2003, 12:05 AM
Theres a link describing the data corruption if Windows XP goes into standby mode.
07-19-2003, 06:23 PM
So is this about the best deal that I'll find? I figure I missed out on the 200 gb deal but this is pretty tempting. Apparently a Fry's will be opening near by sometime soon, should i just wait for their grand opening and hope for good deals?
07-20-2003, 10:19 AM
the rebate says 70 dollars is there anything else added to that ?
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