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Pros: - Initialized w/o need of 3rd party tools
- No disk errors so far (running in RAID 1 for 10 days)
- Standard. No problems. 7200RPM, 64MB Cache, SATA 6Gbs!
Cons: - Only 64MB Cache (though, 128MB is pointless for data drive. I use SSD for OS, and these puppies for data)
- Smaller warranty (2-year instead of old 3-year). Just check for disk errors regularly and return if you get bad blocks or disk errors.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend you do your research. Find what you want and shop around for the CHEAPEST price within the specs you want. I bought 2 of these for $90ea because they were the cheapest 3TBs out on the market. If WD or Seagate kicked out the same specs for $89, I would have bought those instead! Just research them up. Look at mass failure rate data for that MODEL NUMBER to get an idea of its specific failure rates. Then look at the company's manufacturing quality as a whole. Note: some companies may kick out bad batches at certain times of the year as skip the quality tests... just be aware.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate BarraCuda ST3000DM008 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Pros: - Big drive, cheap under $100!
Cons: - Had to use SeaTools to initialize drive (a sign it was a bad drive)
- Started getting "Bad Block" errors 7 days after light use
- Errors progressively got worse
Other Thoughts: - Would highly recommend checking your Event Viewer for System errors. Filter on Event ID = 7.
- Do NOT back all your important data onto this drive unless you have a mirror array or ANOTHER backup!
Pros: Standard HDD. Storage up to 3TB. Came in an anti-static bag wrapped up in bubble.
Cons: As the title says, it was dead on arrival. TShot for an hour and decided a 0TB read from all my machines meant it was dead. I am going to give this a single egg since reliability of high-capacity storage disk is vital.
Other Thoughts: I was about to move 1TB of family pictures/videos to this baby... now I can't make up my mind... where are the reliable performance drives at these days? And paying for shipping again stinks.READ FULL REVIEW