- 3TB, SATA 6Gb/s, 64MB
- Higher performance with Seagate AcuTrac servo technology
- Best for Desktop or all-in-one PCs, home servers and Entry-level (DAS)
So far so good 03/29/2012
Lowest price among the 3TB drives -- but is there a catch?
This is the first 3.5" Advanced Format drive I've seen that correctly advertises a 4K physical sector and a 512B logical sector. Most of my AF drives (mostly pre-flood Hitachi Deskstars) advertise 512B physical and logical and I can see how that could fake an automatic partitioning program into thinking that 4K alignments aren't required.
This doesn't affect me since I use Linux and parted and can do the math to ensure alignment, but everything would be so much easier if the drives didn't lie and the programs could believe what the drives say.
Being the cheapest of the post-flood 3TB drives makes me wonder if I'm taking a bigger-than-usual risk on reliability. I use these drive in RAID-1 configurations so I'm somewhat more willing to risk sudden drive failure than I'd otherwise be.
When will the flood recovery be complete and the drive prices resume their normal, exponentially decaying ($/GB) curves?
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