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Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Impressive to start...longevity questionable 02/09/2014

This review is from: Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Fast and reliable

Cons: See Other Thoughts

Other Thoughts: Had 8 of these in a server spinning 24/7 since May 2009 in a home file server. As of July 2013, they've been failing one after the other.
Its a shame as I have a few 750GB models from an older server that are showing their age, but none have failed.

Been a Seagate fan for decades - now I'm a bit nervous about replacing these with 4Tb models.

G.SKILL TITAN Series 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: G.Skill honored an RMA request to fix a firmware problem but I don't think the replacement was a 'new' unit
Held to 90% MFR specs all the way up til it started failing

Cons: Lasted 3 years and now data corruption is occurring daily. Did diagnostics from all utility software I could find, even tools from G.Skill engineers - nope. Its out of warranty and its out of life. Shame

Other Thoughts: It was a decent drive til it became unreliable and since this was a OS drive which also held VMware data - I can't afford data corruption so I'm replacing it. Out of fairness and the fact G.Skill has likely improved over the past 3 years - I won't say what I'm replacing it with - suffice to say, its not another G.Skill.

I gave it 3 eggs because I have 1st-Gen Intel SSD's from ~2008 that are still going strong, and show no signs of data corruption. It will happen to them sooner or later, but they are 4+ years older and this one didn't even last that long. Something to be said about that.

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: SEAGATE - 5-year Warranty - High Quality

Cons: .

Other Thoughts: Installed 8x of these in a new Dell PowerEdge T610 server controlled by an onboard PERC6 controller in a single RAID5 configuration. Shame you loose 7-8% capacity in formatting but I still achieved over 9Tb of highly-available, redundant storage for my HiDef-HomeTheater encoding server.

Note, these are NO LONGER susceptible to the RAID-Freezing issue they experienced back in late 2008. Each of these benchmarked within 95% mfr spec and thats A-OK by me!


Travis H.'s Profile

Display Name: Travis H.

Date Joined: 10/02/03

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 10/12/07
  • Last Review: 02/09/14
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