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Excellent drive 10/10/2013
I received a bare "OEM" drive, as I would expect based on the description. You too will receive no cables, or any software, but that is OK. Seagate makes drive installation easy with Seatools that you can download for free from their site and run on a USB stick or burn to CD/DVD media.
The drive itself is 3.5" form factor, the dimensions and other basic specifications are listed here.
its 2TB unformatted, so just like your file cabinet could hold 2 million or trillion pages without folders, this could hold its full 2TB, but to work right it needs formatting for the system its installed in, so you end up with around 1.81TB of useable space on a Windows system.
Its advanced 4K clusters, when the drive natively stores data it has to store them in segments, and for years drives and Operating Systems used smaller segments. Since data has grown, storage size needed to grow, and smaller segments were not efficient.
Its Sata III interface, which allows for higher burst data rates, but is not saturated by the drive's read and write capabilities.
Speed. The main factor in many purchasing choices.
Multiple passes of HD Tune Pro shows the following.
Read 212MBps Peak uncached.
Average 156MBps uncached
Lowest 122MBps uncached.
Burst 212MBps uncached
Average seek time was around 13-14ms, lower than advertised.
I mention uncached, as that is the speed of the heads writing and writing to the platters, not using the 64MB of buffer or cache memory. It shows what the drive is truly capable of.
With the buffer enabled the cached read/write speed varies depending on what is already in the buffer for files, but it was between 200 and 320MBps.
Filling the Que length up to 32 showed the drives 64MB of cache and logic was well matched up, the drive never stalled even when performing reads and writes of a mix of mismatched small 1Kb and 64Kb files.
the drive exhibited no noise beyond what I would consider normal in operation and wake.
It was running much cooler than the 750GB drive it replaced.
All in all it is a solid product.*
None I encountered.
I used my test drive after running it in an existing windows install with seatools I cloned the existing drive and its now been running through many virus scans, defragments, installations, uninstallations, and very heavy use.
It is a China made drive, but I have had no issues with it and after another month of successful use the prior drive will be formatted.
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