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Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: When Seagate came out with 32mb cache on it's 7200.11 hard drives, I never put anything else in any of my customer's computers. I insisted on it. I bought for myself, 70 hard drives. Why? The performance was excellent. NCQ, SATA II - 300mbps, 5 YEAR WARRANTY.*Seagate is the number one hard drive manufacturer in the world.**

Cons: *. Seagate WAS the number one hard drive manufacturer in the world, that is until, they for some reason, bought Maxtor. Maxtor was currently number one for bad sectors. Pure cr*p. Seagate lost their number one status due to THIS drive. What absolutely cooked their goose, is that the model with SD15 had a slightly less that 99% failure rate. The symptom? You reboot your computer and suddenly the BIOS and the operating system could not detect the hard drive. GONE. Seagate gave me zero problems when it came to returning the drive. I sent in 31 hard drives to their i365 data recovery center. I told them all I needed was access to the hard drive. The called me every time and told me that their were multiple bad sectors and that they could recovery the data for me. I thanked them for their offer, but said I would recover the data myself.

Other Thoughts: I returned 49 out of 61 hard drive failures. 60% of the "Re-Certified" hard drives have failed within the first month. I took the rest of my drives, recorded the model and serial numbers and through them in the trash. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER SEAGATE PRODUCT. The failures were happening to most of their drives, but nothing like the ST3500320AS. I lost so much DATA, my customer's data and my customers business. I lost a lot of credibility although to my credit, I called every customer I could and replaced the drives befored they failed, for a reduced fee. Nonetheless, I WILL NEVER BUY, RECOMMEND, SEAGATE AGAIN. Western Digital Caviar Blacks became my preferred hard drive, again. I have bought over 150 1TB 1002FAEX with 11 failures so far in the last 3 years.

StarTech SATDOCK4U3E 4 Bay eSATA USB 3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5/3.5 HDD
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs AHCI is advanced power management for hard drives! 07/01/2011

This review is from: StarTech SATDOCK4U3E 4 Bay eSATA USB 3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5/3.5 HDD

Pros: It's about time USB 3.0 came out. With blurays movies files are getting big

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I think the problem that people are having is that they are using IDE mode in their BIOS and not AHCI. I used IDE in mine in order to get my SATA III hard drives to play nice with my SATA Bluray drive. I added a different brand SATA USB Dock and it was constantly disconnecting the drive. It occurred to me that AHCI is a Vista/Windows 7 feature and it allows hot-swapping your drives without killing your system. With IDE mode you must shut down your system. Use AHCI and see if that fixes it. I returned two USB 3.0 docks and I may have made a mistake in doing so. I am going to give this StarTech USB 4 dock a try today and will report back.

Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This is the only hard drive I will buy. I have not had one single failure. I only use Twelve Hundred Antec Cases with the fans set to low. The drives are kept cool. Power Supplies are at least 750w, with two that are 1000w. The drives are very fast and quiet.

Cons: 100 drives and counting, 0 failures

Other Thoughts: There has to be other factors in play here. Why are so many people reporting failures. I have had one failure with a 1TB with 32mb cache. I lost (29) 500GB 7200.11 drives from a different manufacturer.
I buy close to 200 drives a year for myself and my customers. No one is having any problems. I am sure everyone knows not to mix SATA II and SATA III hards on a SATA III bus. Make sure your cables are SATA III and not some marked up SATA II cable.

I am at a loss as to everyone's failures.


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Display Name: Kevin K.

Date Joined: 06/30/06

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  • Last Review: 03/10/13
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