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Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Low cost.

Cons: We have deployed nearly a hundred of these at various clients for use in RAID arrays. The failure rate has been atrocious. At one client, so far 6 of 32 drives have failed over 1 year of use. Our other clients have similar failure rates, approximately 20%. This is unacceptable, and Seagate support has been of no help. They will only replace the drives as they fail and the client is responsible for shipping charges to Seagate.

In addition to failing drives, even working drives will randomly stop responding, causing cascading issues with the RAID arrays.

Other Thoughts: Never buying or recommending Seagate drives again. Before anyone suggests these: the power is backed by 1+ runtime hours of UPS, and in climate controlled server rooms, these were all shipped with the latest firmware from Seagate, SN06, and were purchased several months apart, making a bad batch seem unlikely. They are listed as compatible for the RAID equipment we are using.


JR T.'s Profile

Display Name: JR T.

Date Joined: 09/03/04

  • Reviews: 1
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 02/24/11
  • Last Review: 02/24/11
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