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Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

  • 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
  • SATA 3.0Gb/s
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anonymous
  • 1/4/2015 3:59:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsReliable, more than five years of use!

Pros: Reliable

Cons: A little noisy.

Other Thoughts: Mine still working with no problem (and little fell bad sectors) as my main disk in my home PC after 5 years of daily use. Have partitioned with one FAT32 and 3 ext2 (linux) since I have bought it (oem). Have never upgraded firmware. Great product, never had any issue. Decided to put it as a second disk in my machine.

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  • Christopher W.
  • 11/29/2014 7:28:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Lasted through ~6 years of intermittent use, so I suppose it technically meets minimum expectations.

Cons: Recently began seeing steadily increasing read/write error rates day by day, along with intermittent full on disconnections of the drive by the OS. This drive spent the vast majority of it's life as a backup, powered off and fully disconnected - it was nowhere near it's MTBF and should not have failed.

Other Thoughts: This is the only drive I've had fail on me in ~8 years, and some of those that are still working as I type this are both older and have been under constant use since day 1.

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  • Ikenna J.
  • 10/17/2014 1:15:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRuns Hot, Runs out of Life

Pros: -Speed
-Capacity

Cons: -Heat
-Durability

Other Thoughts: I bought 3, 1 died within a year, another died the next year, and the last one died the year after that.

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  • Russell K.
  • 7/19/2014 10:56:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorst Drive Ever

Pros: None

Cons: I Originally warned Others about this Drive back in late 2008..It lasted only 2 months after reviewing.I Will never Purchase another Seagate EVER!.Stick with Western Digital Black,They Last.

Other Thoughts: Will Never Purchase anything made by Seagate Again !

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  • Josh M.
  • 4/23/2014 6:55:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Installed easy enough. Functioned at first.

Cons: Broke within warranty period... but who wants to send back a hard drive with their personal information on it when the warranty states that they have the right to send the hard drive off to a third party somewhere and they can't guarantee your privacy.

Other Thoughts: I went with a Hitachi hard drive after my Seagate broke. No regrets there other than not getting a SSD... which I've since done.

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  • Steven S.
  • 2/23/2014 10:46:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat drive, but beware

Pros: This is a solid hard drive so far. It has worked perfectly for seven years or so. If you update the firmware, you shouldn't have any problems.

Cons: There is one problem that you need to watch out for that I only just recently ran into. This particular model of hard drive has a firmware flaw. This flaw means it's possible for the drive to write some log that can be written onto a sector it's not supposed to write to. Or something of that sort.

On startup, if this log writes to 300 sectors, or 300 + a multiple of 256, it causes an error, and the drive goes into a failsafe mode to protect itself. It permanently locks itself into "BSY", or busy state. This locks the SATA port and prevents your computer from being able to detect it. My motherboard's BIOS would get stuck in POST when trying to detect it, so I initially discovered that something was wrong when my computer didn't start. (And later isolated it to the hard drive by unplugging it and watching the conputer successfully start up.)

Once this happens, the only way to save it is to get a Serial to TTL or USB to TTL converter, and hook up your computer to three of the four pins in the hard drive's serial port. Then using a terminal program, you type in specific raw commands that tell the hard drive's logic board to delete the error and rebuild the partition. This also involves unscrewing half of the logic board and sticking a business card between the board and the head contact, instructing it to spin down, removing the cardboard and re-establishing contact, and instructing it to spin up again.

After all the commands have been entered, the drive should be fixed, and you can then plug it back into your computer and it should work again. Search google for "Seagate 7200.11 BSY error" for the specific instructions.

I'm going to be doing that process this week when my supplies arrive to do so. It's a really nerdy process. If you don't want to have to go through this, then you should update your drive's firmware to the latest version while you're still able to.

Other Thoughts: If you don't want to go through the long, involved process I described in the Cons section, keep this drive's firmware updated. Firmware updates should prevent the problem from happening. Otherwise, your drive may brick on startup and you'll need a technical, involved process to fix it.

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  • Gregory H.
  • 12/3/2013 1:11:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorked as advertised

Pros: -Still working after all these years
-No problems, reliable after 5 years

Cons: -none

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  • Aaron M.
  • 6/25/2013 7:20:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Consistent
Quiet

Cons: There is a firmware update for it, but I have not installed it

Other Thoughts: Some drives you can hear during a read/write, but I cannot hear this one. It has been going strong for over 4 years now.

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  • josh
  • 5/22/2013 1:22:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: very fast reliable data security never crashes

Cons: a little heavy seems to run a little toasty even on idle could be my case idk

Other Thoughts: this drive is incredibly fast i got mine from a good will originally it was part of an external backup system but it was slow through usb so i made it an internal hard drive btw does anyone know what the actual capable write speed is in MB i know it is a sata- 2 3.0 gb/sec drive but i only get about 80 to 100 megabytes a second

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  • Ted K.
  • 5/15/2013 10:05:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't buy!

Pros: Nothing that Seagate's competitors can't match.

Cons: This drive suddenly died on me. Apparently, the forums indicate that this is a common problem with this series of Seagate drives. Fortunately, I had a good chunk of the data on it backed up, but I did lose a number files and cant recommend buying this drive. In fact, I seriously doubt I'll ever buy another Seagate product ever again!

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