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HGST Travelstar H2IK10003272SN (0S03563) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Full capacity seen by Windows. Packaged well.

Cons: Failed out of the box with click-of-death. The read arm was slamming the hdd case so hard it was audible from the outside of the laptop.

Putting the drive in a USB shell and mounting it vertically did not help.

Although Windows recognized the drive it could not be formatted, read from, or written to.

Other Thoughts: There was no shipping or ESD damage, failure was immediate and the controller chip was clearly working.

There must have been mechanical damage done at the factory, which means a quality control problem. This drive should not have been boxed and sold to a retailer.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Incredibly fast for spinning disk. I regularly get 100MBps even after the SMART failures.

Great value. Don't seem to rely on good shipping packing to arrive in a working state.

Cons: Louder and more vibration than baseline disks.

2 of 2 drives still work fine, although SMART statistics are extremely bad - multiple uncorrectable errors and bad sectors on both drives. One of the drives occasionally doesn't appear in the BIOS, but cold booting brings it back online.

Other Thoughts: I purchased two Toshiba drives to replace these - one of the Toshiba drives was DOA. I purchased two WDC drives to replace the Toshiba drives, and 1 was DOA.

I recommend that, unless buying this model for Price/performance reasons, you avoid 3TB drives. No models from no manufacturer seems reliable. I've had much better luck with 2 or 4TB models.

TOSHIBA DT01ACA300 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Came in retail packaging, 7200RPM, low noise and low heat for the spindle speed.

Cons: I ordered two drives. There was a loud clicking on one right from first power-on. Interestingly, it seemed to work fine for 1 week, and I had no issues until the BIOS refused to recognise it.

I initially thought that the clicking was from a fan, but after the drive lost connection I re-checked and it was definitely the drive head clicking. I'm surprised it worked for that week.

Other Thoughts: The DOA definitely isn't due to NewEgg - the shipping job was top-notch and there was additional foam packing around the retail boxes.

The speeds on these drives is surprisingly low - I noticed no difference in performance from other 5200 RPM "flex speed" drives.


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Display Name: Scott C.

Date Joined: 08/10/02

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 03/22/07
  • Last Review: 07/27/15
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