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Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3500320NS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • Jerritte C.
  • 8/14/2014 7:43:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot impressed

Pros: Performance seems good (never actually bench tested, but never experienced any problems).

Cons: Regular failures.

Other Thoughts: I purchased a few of these drives (about 4 of them) several years ago (some in February, 2008, for example). Out of those, 2 failed before the warranty period was expired; 1 failed within a year after.

Of the two warranty replacements (both were "Certified Repaired" drives), both failed within 2 years.

Seagate and Western Digital seem to bounce back and forth with their reliability. Because of failure rates that I've experienced with Seagate drives like these, I've switched over to WD drives. I've had much better experience with them thus far. Time will tell, though. :)

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  • Mark M.
  • 11/22/2013 7:39:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorked for 5 years

Pros: These had very little use for about 5 years. They failed right when the warranty expired. I'm replacing them with Samsung SSD's.

Cons: Failed after 5 years.

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  • mark V.
  • 10/20/2013 9:27:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAnother Seagate failure

Pros: Worked ok while I had it; no frills.

Cons: This drive was recommend to my by a clerk where I bought it after asking for the most reliable drive to use for the operating system. This is the third Seagate drive that's gone bad on me in three years (the other two were OEM drives in Apple computers; maybe built to lower specs considering the fanboy habit of replacing their Apples every couple of years).

This drive was set up for dual boot with Windows 7 and Ubuntu, and later upgraded the windows partition to Windows 8. This drive lasted about a year and a half before I got a message about the S.M.A.R.T. failure during bootup. I cancelled the BIOS function that checks for that, but once booted I get warnings that the drive is about to fail so the writing is on the wall.

Even while working properly, I consistently got indications in the Windows User Experience that this drive was the weakest link - displaying about a 5.9 when every other component of the computer showed as a 7 or greater.

Yes, this is probably going to be covered under warranty. No, I am not happy about re-installing two operating systems and making all the partitions function properly again. I didn't even use this drive for storage - went to cloud long ago after one too many drive failures. This kind of thing is getting tiresome - I would go for a solid state drive setup but going to wait for more reviews and a price drop before making that switch.

Other Thoughts: For a 7200 rpm drive this thing should deliver better performance than it did. For a Seagate, it should last longer than a year and a half.

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  • Peter H.
  • 3/5/2011 8:37:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent drive if you patch the firmware

Pros: After 2 years of very moderate use the drive is performing flawlessly. I would have given it 5 starts but I was required to blast a new level of firmware onto the drive. An end user should never be required to do that.

Cons: As stated above ... many/most of these drives need to have their firmware upgraded. It was a total "cluster flop" when news of this leaked to the public 2 years ago. If the firmware upgrade is not applied this drive has a 1 in 10000 chance of bricking on next power-up. If that happens you can still blast the new firmware onto the drive and bring it back to perfect health. Seagate handled the whole affair terribly. They were deleting users posts on their forum website. It could hardly have gone worse.

Other Thoughts: If you have one of these drives and you have any firmware "lower than" SN06 or SN16 then you need to put the appropriate firmware version (SN06 or SN16) on your drive.

If you need the firmware upgrade use Google to search for the terms on the next line.

seagate ST3500320NS 207963

That's the firmware upgrade you want.

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  • James C.
  • 2/25/2011 7:28:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWill never buy another Seagate...ever

Pros: Take the useless dead drives apart. The platters make nice windchimes, and the magnets are awesome.

Cons: Bought a combined total of about 8 of these (including their 1tb brothers). Absolute junk. Half of them dead within a year. The rest need firmware updates. I thought I'd take a chance on Seagate, after years of boycotting for shoddy products, inconsistent quality, and extremely high rates of DOA and dead soon. Big mistake.

Other Thoughts: Never ever ever ever ever ever ever buy Seagate.

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  • Mr. H.
  • 7/9/2010 10:42:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsbad drives

Pros: quiet

Cons: Crashed 2 drives (500MB) within 1 year, I lost all data. Never buy this model again. Only good thing is they under warranty, but the data is never recover :(

I lost faith in Seagate.

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  • Matt Z.
  • 6/23/2010 8:28:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsFast drive, but had to RMA one.

Pros: Fast drive
Works great in RAID 0 (2 drives)
Very Quiet
Runs cool
Long warranty (3 years)
Tested one drive after 1.5 years with no bad sectors.

Cons: One of two failed after 1.5 years, RMAed

Other Thoughts: Purchased a pair to RAID 0 in a new computer with Win7. Worked blazingly fast for over a year, but started to have issues shortly after. Eventually the computer wouldn't boot, and found one drive had quit being recognized by the BIOS. It's in RMA right now at Seagate, and I expect to see a replacement in another couple weeks. Lucky for the warranty.

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  • Patrick M.
  • 6/8/2010 5:26:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsEasy Install

Pros: Easy installation with included disc.
Came with all needed cables, Power cable converter.

Cons: Not as cost effective as other drives.
Did not come with jumpers, so if you plan on slaving this drive buy a set of jumpers as well.

Other Thoughts: Wish I had waited and bought a 1TB

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  • Paul R.
  • 5/22/2010 7:47:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsLasted for a few years

Pros: Been using these drives for years, first drive to fail on me sence 1980's. (ST3500320AS same as this one in all aspects but was AS not a NS, died after 14 months)

Cons: Died suddenly without the usual signals that I've heard about.
Went to lunch, came back and had NTLR error. had deadline, was able to get backups from yesterday, but ..... morning work lost

Other Thoughts: heard that they were baught out and there quality is dropped, so kinda worried that now I need to start shopping around.
next mb will have raid

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  • Robert C.
  • 5/21/2010 10:43:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood Service

Pros: I bought six AS drives 21 months ago. After finding out they were no good for an Adaptec RAID 5 config (despite Seagate advertising them for RAID), Seagate replaced them with NS drives (this model) at their cost. They have been rock-solid, fast and quiet ever since. About 2 weeks ago, one drive started throwing media errors and fell out of RAID twice. For $20, Seagate advanced ships me a replacement in 2 days and my RAID set is good again. Best part is, my warranty is for 5 years! So, any issues, I get a no-hassle advance ship replacement until 2013. Not a bad deal from my point of view.

Cons: Failure rate seems a little high but, my sample set is too small for any meaningful analysis.

Other Thoughts: Any manufacturer's drives fail. But, great Service from Seagate makes up for it. They even talked to me about the issue (not as knowledgable as the Adaptec guys but, nice... and that counts). And, the no hassle advance shipment on replacements for 5 years seals the deal for me. I am a happy Seagate customer.

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