Joined on 10/12/03
Very good storage drive
Pros: Raid certified 24/7 operation. Whisper quiet with low temperatures. Very good transfer speeds and lots of storage space.
Cons: Access time and burst rate. Price is a little high for a slower RPM drive.
Overall Review: Windows 7 sees this drive as being 2.72TB. Now for the benchmarks (SATA 6.0) ----- Using Crystal Disk Mark: 50MB filesize SEQ: 130.9 MB/s read, 121.9 MB/s write 512K: 51.56 MB/s read, 89.75 MB/s write 4K: 1.173 MB/s read, 1.751 MB/s write 4K QD32: 1.380 MB/s read, 1.709 MB/s write 4GB filesize SEQ: 132.9 MB/s read, 132.0 MB/s write 512K: 47.12 MB/s read, 71.59 MB/s write 4K: 0.533 MB/s read, 1.415 MB/s write 4K QD32: 1.277 MB/s read, 1.418 MB/s write ----- HD Tune pro: 4KB block size read test MIN: 64.6 MB/sec MAX: 67.8 MB/sec AVG: 67.1 MB/sec Access time: 17.7 ms Burst rate: 164.4 MB 128KB block size read test MIN: 71.4 MB/sec MAX: 145.6 MB/sec AVG: 121.4 MB/sec Access time: 17.6 ms Burst rate: 165.1 MB/sec Note: These 128KB values were consistent with a block size of 64KB to 8MB. ----- Currently run a pair of 500MB Western Digital RE4's (7200 rpm) in a RAID1. This Seagate drive beat the WDs as far as transfer speed goes but lost heavily when it came to access time (12.5 ms) and burst rate (4519.7 MB/s). Seagate lives up to its advertising with this drive. All in all I would recommend this for those who store their data in raid system (and having a higher quality raid certified drive is important for this), however I wouldn't use it as your main/OS drive.
Pros: Works OK dry. Long life. Bought in 2008. Finally died in 2015. I'm adding an extra egg for this lasting way longer than I expected.
Cons: Doesn't work wet.
Overall Review: Doesn't shave as close as expected but you get what you pay for. However, it's still working. (Finally died, 2008 - 2015.)
Nice midtower case
Pros: Very nice looking. Front panel removes easily. All tool-less design. Plenty of room for the latest graphics cards (gtx 970 here). Stock fans are quiet. Easily removable dust filter on the bottom. I configured the case in "B" mode. No screws needed when installing your SSDs. Cable management was actually better than I thought it would be and I ended up with more room than I have behind my full tower. I'm using an older non-modular power supply with long cords everywhere and there is just enough room behind the case to stash everything providing you keep the overlap to a minimum. No bowing out of back panel if you do it right.
Cons: Cons & nitpicks: - My worse grip is the bumps it uses in place of mobo standoffs. I installed a micro-atx board and its USB 3.0 front header port is partially blocked by one of these bumps. I managed to get the plug connected with force but there is a lot of stress on the board. Knocked an egg off for this. - No interior grill guard for the rear exhaust fan (and it came black instead of the pictured orange.) - No connecter block for the front panel plugs. Getting those tiny plugs on the correct pins is a pain. - Drive bays come in "A" mode. If you are going to switch to "B" or "C" make sure you do this before you install anything. There is a small screw right against the back panel that gets removed and it will be blocked by your mobo/memory. - Non-removable dust filters at the top (esp. if you have fans installed there.) Why put filters on your exhaust unless you want to keep the dust IN your case?
Overall Review: Also added a bottom intake fan and 2 top exhaust fans. This case looks sweet and is quiet and would've gotten 5 eggs if it weren't for the fact my front usb mobo connecter may be on borrowed time. If you're using a standard ATX mobo you won't even notice this.