I know quantums higher end products were better than their retail line but if anything I think it will help Quantum on their retail level but as far as their high preformance drives... ah, well we'll see. Even though I have not had the best of luck with Maxtor I do still like their drives, on the other hand, I wouldn't touch a Quantum!
I'm sorry that a few people have had bad experiences with Quantum, but the general consensus is that Quantum drives are among the fastest and highest quality (check out Storage Review). Quantum's SCSI Enterprise drives are easily among the best. On top of that, Quantum has been a leader in drive technology (they developed ATA/33 as well as Ultra2-SCSI). I hope this doesn't mean the end of the Quantum line of hard drives....
what this means is that if Maxtor doesn't continue Quantum's tradition of making performance drives, and you are looking for performance IDE drives, you will end up out of luck.
the only way we can get high performance drives now would be to go SCSI (I'm talking high performance that matters the most, ie LOW ACCESS TIME), which expensive, and we're still not guaranteed Quantum (one of THE leaders in SCSI TOO) will still have high end drives in that arena..
PPl are thinking negativly because Quantum has some of the best HD's out and for some company like maxtor to come around take hold of em might just water there quality and clout down. I think this may turn into the same situation that happen to S3 and Diamond MM. S3 purchased diamond because diamond had strength behind them, and then S3 drops diamond after they crashed there quality and consumer support with a garbarge product that they proclaimed to be good one. For now i guess i will have to go to Seagate.