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Can any SATA drive of equal or higher capacity be used to replace it, or does it need to match something specific?
We are planning on upgrading & replacing it in Jan, but this is (or was) a pretty high end machine in 2007 and would still be useful for other duties in the sales office.
So I will just get an upgraded and/or newer model and plug it in, looks like the worst that can happen is that it not work.
Opinions and experiences will always differ, but Seagate have never (to my knowledge) had a reputation for good reliability. I would tend to recommend Hitachi, Maxtor, IBM and Fujitsu, roughly in that order, but I don't really follow hardware developments these days.
<oops>Just did a quick check, apparently, Seagate bought Maxtor, Hitachi bought IBM's hard drive business and Toshiba bought Fujitsu's hard drive business.</oops>