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Large, cheap, and store data, sometimes. Spinup is fast, and once awake, drives are relatively quiet.
I try to wait a bit before reviewing hard drives to fully get an idea of changes over their lifetime. It's been a year and a half and I just had another one fail, so I suppose now is the time.
I bought eight of these at once to fill a RAID. They're not enterprise drives, and I was aware of that going in, so take however large of a grain of salt you need with this review. That being said, this is not my first RAID, but it is my first Seagate drive purchase and my first RAID drive failure.
2/8 were DOA, and another one failed in the first 24 hours. All three were RMA'd and replaced with no fuss. 20 months in I lost one more. Since Seagate dropped their warranty to one year with these drives (wonder if they knew something I didn't?), the drive's out of warranty.
All four failures were accompanied by the clicky-whirring-whining noise of death (versus silent data loss/corruption).
Currently on 4/8 of the original drives after 1.5 years. 7/8 current working drives. Not an utter failure, but not exactly an awesome track record.
RAID was in a room at 70-80 degrees F, 60-70% humidity, running off a UPS.
For the working drives, spinup has always been fast, but loud. Waking the drives up makes the "imminent failure" mechanical whining noise which was scaring me at first. You get used to it.
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