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Seagate 3TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb-s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST3000DM001) by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Seagate 3TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST3000DM001)
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 5504 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 4.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Silent4.7   above average
Cache4.6   above average
Price4.6   average
Speed4.6   average
Cost4.4   average
Transfer4.4   above average
Capacity4.2   average
Reliable4.1   below average
Server4.1   above average
Quality4.0   below average
Partition3.9   above average
Expensive3.8   above average
Setting3.7   below average
Port3.6   average
Packaging3.5   below average
Screw3.5   average
Service3.4   below average
Boot3.3   below average
Case3.3   average
Write3.3   below average
Raid3.0   average
Windows2.8   below average
Shipping2.7   mediocre
Read2.6   below average
Writing2.5   average
Dock2.3   below average
Firmware2.2   average
Power2.2   mediocre
Warranty1.7   mediocre
Sector1.1   above average
Controller0.8   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Boot

Boot:
"Both drives in my disk array died within a week of each other, first the SMART test failed on one drive (Synology warned me) and then on next boot of the NAS the entire volume failed."
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"One of them arrived with a corrupt ext3 partition on it (used), the other had so many bad sectors that the disk fails to ready up, causing the OS to only boot to init 1 and reboot if pushed to init 3 or 5."
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"On rebooting, the hard drive was dead and kept clicking during the boot process."
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"I bought this drive to accompany an SSD and, though I had some trouble getting the motherboard to boot to the right drive, that's no fault of the drive."
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"This drive worked fine for about a week and no sooner than I transferred all my data to this drive,it failed to boot up next time."
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"Well after culminating frustration with SSD failures I decided to go back with HDD as a boot device."
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"However, I was only able to use 2TB of the 3TB as the boot drive."
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"Image and boot disks built by Win 7 worked perfectly."
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"My pc that normally takes 8-10 seconds to boot to the login screen took well over a minute to fully boot, so I decided to check the event viewer and noticed a ton of hard drive related errors dating back to 12 14 2014."
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"not the fastest drive but paired with an SSD boot drive theres nothing more you need in a pretty decent gaming rig."
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Cable

Cable:
"I change sata cables and still had the same problem."
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"Tried five different cables, every time I got I O Device Errors."
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"Switched SATA cables, same problem."
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"Tested this drive on multiple ports in more than one machine, even with different cables, and it's completely dead."
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"I unboxed it, placed it into a 3.5in drive bay, got frustrated with my Rosewell (purchased on Newegg a year earlier, told me I had to pay for return shipping on a $3 cable which they sent the wrong length of...) sata cables falling out constantly, installed my OS rather quickly, and booted up the computer."
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"The hard drive works better than expected the only reason I gave it a four star is because it has no hardware not even the cables would have been nice to know that when I bought it"
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"The price was fantastic for 2 terabytes and easily worth losing out on a product manual and a cable."
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"Well, we later learned it has to be attached by a Sata cable and another cable to the motherboard (I'm still unclear but I'm told the main cable running from the motherboard to the original drive may unfold to reveal an extra plug we could have used to add a second internal drive)."
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"Installation was easy, just reused the cables from the original and plugged in the new one."
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"Works well but doesn't include a SATA Cable or mounting screws so be sure to order both if you want to use it in mediately,"
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Cache

Cache:
"even has a 64mb cache, hard to ask for more from a hard disk drive in this price range"
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"The Seagate Barracuda HDD, 3 TB SATA 3, 6 Gb s NCQ 64 MB Cache at 7200 RPM is still hard to beat when it comes to reliability compared to many other HDD and SSDs."
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"It is outfitted with a 6Gb s connector (which, if supported by your motherboard, is adequate for data transfer) and 64MB of on-drive cache - allowing the drive to better handle data transfers, as it spins and finds the data to feed to the system."
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"This is the perfect backup drive, the 64 mb cache make it a smooth operater"
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"The speed is what you would expect of a 7200 rpm non solid state drive, but it does sport a hefty 64MB cache and has NCQ (Native Command Queuing) as well so the data on the discs are accessed better than traditional drives, and they should last longer as well."
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"Drives operate quickly and the large 64-MB cache is great for the read-and-transcode workloads that I command from my AV equipment in the living room."
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"I've always used seagate HDD with very good results, and this time was no exception, with 64MB cache and 7200 RMP is a very fast disk, this one I'm using a CPU AMD FX 8230 and Asus Sabertooth r2."
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Capacity

Capacity:
"After over 20 years I decided to give Seagate a try again by purchasing this 10,000X higher capacity drive and yet again I am disappointed."
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"Seagate always work fine in hard drive departments Long lasting not easily corrupt the drive with 1TB storage capacity minimum in todays need."
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"Higher capacities (which do not require amazing speed to read write) are becoming cheaper and cheaper to acquire in HDDs - while faster loads of the operating system (O S) and software are being offered by SSDs."
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"It replaced a similar product with lower capacity which failed after several years of use."
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"It has a good performance although it is 5400 rpm HD, and windows 8 recognizes its full capacity with no problem."
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"Unfortunately, the high capacity comes at a price, and that is my computers boot up speed."
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"Good price for capacity."
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"My PC is now extremely quiet again (can't hear it running sitting at the PC) and so far (2 weeks now) this one has worked seamlessly in my system and doubled my storage capacity."
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"I assume anyone ordering this knows their way around a computer but just as a heads-up, don't be worried when you hook it up and it tells you it has a capacity of 300-ish this is simply because of the way it stores data."
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"very good capacity and fast"
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"Good price, large capacity."
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Case

Case:
"Whenever there's a hard drive failure and I crack open the case, it's a Seagate drive that has failed."
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"I also bought a spare to have on hand in case the other original disk fails."
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"I can only guess I will be jumping through those same hoops to get these next 2 replaced...Maybe this drive would work in some other setting, but it is terrible for my use case!"
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"But after some number of months in both cases each drive failed, and in different ways."
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"I use this in the NexStar Dual case, The biggest problem was getting it initialized."
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"On the other hand I must commend Seagate for its willingness to stand behind its warranties even in the case of 2 vandalized and damaged external drives bought from a local target that didn't inspect the returns carefully at all."
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"The speeds see mto be good and I have noticed any increased heat in my case."
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"With the case enclosure...I think is a really good deal"
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"It must be able to move in the case before I opened it."
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"In case you are wondering he did recommend Seagate's Enterprise level drives."
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"Tried plugging it in to SATA port on motherboard, as well as to an externsl usb drive case, both to no avail."
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Controller

Controller:
"After removing and replacing the drive, I could get it to mount on another PC and read from it but a format attempt would result in the drive eventually being dropped from Windows due to controller errors."
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"The failure rate in 2 years was around 50% where the failure rate of WD drives was less than 10%.In both of my experiences with these drives, the RAID controller would report an error and drop the drive from the Array."
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"if you have another os its a tad frustrating to properly mark it dead till the controller dies."
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"I removed the drive from the computer and put it into an external dock but found that it had the same problems - showing that the drive rather than the computer hard drive controller was at fault."
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"Worked well while it worked, but started giving errors IDE controllers in the windows event log after about a month of use and stopped working entirely (windows refuses to boot while its connected) less than week later."
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"1) 7200rpm drive, massive storage, 6GB s drive interface offers me the best speed to size for the dollar metric2) It's on Amazon Prime and it's like having the drives available ON Demand3) I'm using these drives (7 so far) on an LSI Logic SAS SATA controller and I'm seeing great read speeds and with4) NCQ gives me good server high queue depth performance"
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"Bought this for my Synology 4 drive NAS to expand the RAID controller and this worked beautifully."
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"SSD's are great when they work, but controllers are unreliable."
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Cost

Cost:
"Luckily I had external backup for my data so I didn't lose anything except time, frustration, and the cost of the drive."
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"And, seagate need to sort out their pricing -- it is ridiculous that a bare drive costs more than the same drive installed in a usb3.0 case."
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"I had only one broken WD drive cost by an accidental power outage."
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"In the event that others might be considering the same thing, here are my thoughts on the matter:After thinking about the numbers, I'm still waiting for BD-R to become a viable storage medium; it just isn't cost effective when you factor in a percentage of coasters and the high price per disk."
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"Costs more but I believe it is well worth it if you want to keep your drives for more than a few months or a year."
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"Seems to be fast and reliable and low cost"
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"benefits for the cheaper cost of the seagates esp if building a nice sized RAID for use at home , it adds up."
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"Not to mention these drives are always at low cost, so if you are looking for a great HDD for a good price, look no further."
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"best HDD for this cost! "
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Dock

Dock:
"I removed the drive from the computer and put it into an external dock but found that it had the same problems - showing that the drive rather than the computer hard drive controller was at fault."
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"I have found that external hard drive enclosures do not provide for adequate heat dissipation, so I am using an USB docking bay."
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"I thought using a docking station may help me get passed the error so I spent 50 bucks on a docking station and that didn't help."
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"But, unfortunately, Windows 8 only recognizes this docking station as USB 2.0 (not 3.0) on every USB port on my system."
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"Since the drive did spin up in the StarTech dock (though slowly), I have no idea if this is an incompatibility between those older docks and the new SATA 6 Gb s drive or if the drive has problems."
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"I have been using this for a few weeks for external backup via a USB 3 drive dock and it is working great."
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"I use these drives in a Plugable dock and they work great."
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"Ditto for my Thermaltake St0005u Blacx Esata&Usb-Sata Hdd Docking Station Windows&Mac Os Compatible: the drive failed to spin up."
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"It takes a long time (almost 18 hours) via USB 2 to format the entire drive for use as an external device using the StarTech SuperSpeed eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station, but the HDD works perfectly."
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"So a nice external SATA dock will be helpful in this case."
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Expensive

Expensive:
"Expensive paper-weights but not good for much else."
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"Which is a disappointment since Western Digital are so expensive."
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"A problem like that can get to be expensive in a hurry."
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"18,000 POH and SMART didn't indicate anything, either...I suppose these are great for NAS (my current use), but for anything important I'd recommend something more expensive with longer warranty."
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"after this I can safety say I will never buy another Seagate hard drive ever again and neither should you its not worth the hassle go with a more expensive brand with better reliability."
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"Those are superior storage units, but way too expensive for the size I need."
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"It is good and quiet HDD but I bought it too expensive bc it 15 USD cost down after a weekIt is good and quiet HDD but I bought it too expensive bc it 15 USD cost down after a weekCould I get refund? "
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Firmware

Firmware:
"Failed with corrupted firmware after 2 years."
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"This was purchased to replace a failed drive with a bricked firmware."
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"Excellent replacement for HP OEM drive that had firmware problem."
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"Still no firmware update to fix the problem with my model 2 years later."
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"Both failed disks had firmware CC43."
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"1 year, 5 months, 24 days ownership of 4 of these units (st3000dm001 model with CC4H firmware).In the past month, 2 drive failures."
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"It would be great if the seller would indicate the date of manufacturer and firmware version for these drives."
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"Excellent replacement for HP OEM drive that had firmware problem."
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"I updated the firmware on all three since Seagate had recommended it."
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"I did not proceed with any updates because for a different model Seagate from their 7200.12 series (the product sold here is a 7200.14), the Seagate Download Finder recommended replacing firmware the firmware with the same version it already had."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"In late December of 2013, however, I purchased several WD drives from Amazon that failed due to very poor packaging so I took another shot with Seagate and bought 4 of these drives to run in RAID (3 from Amazon and one from Newegg)."
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"Scanning the drive from the Seagate website, the day I opened the package, yielded a failing grade, possibly due to a high number of bad sectors."
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"DOA, likely due to the severely inadequate packaging.... so much wasted time trying to troubleshoot this thing."
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"Drive arrived in a frustration free package which I like and it was quickly recognized."
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"Was not packaged well."
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"the item came damaged so I do not recommend you do not use Article burned out of the package and connect not rip"
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"Good packaging."
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"It came very well packaged and was a very straight forward install."
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"Well packaged."
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"It was also packaged very nicely in a sturdy plastic wrap."
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"During the RMA process, I discovered that not only am I responsible for packaging it at a quality HIGHER than I initially received it in (for a non-functioning drive, I might add) and paying shipping costs (which will not be reimbursed,) but also that the replacement isn't even a new drive, nor will the defective drive be returned to me for any attempt at data recovery."
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Partition

Partition:
"Another partition manager I tried just throws an error saying it cannot read or write to the disk."
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"So I disconnected the sata cable, booted back into Linux, plugged the drive in via SATA -> USB adapter, my partition manager shows the drive as a 3.85GB drive with no partition table, and when attempting to create one it just fails."
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"I cleaned the disk and diskpart created a partition and formatted it, no problem, then I went back and checked the harddrive with the two programs and they both say it's good... Go Figure... :-oI guess I'll use it and see what happens, good thing I have plenty of BD DVDs to count on."
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"fast and stable 160 to 200 per sec, way faster than wd, but lost it's partition tables twice gtp or the old one, doesnt matter, lost all my photos twice.... try two of these drives at the same time and watch the sparks fly..... no really there are no sparks, but for some reason the drives trash each others partitions, what a brain ache, u have to learn how to use this drive and test it to know how finniky it is..... also had it default to 700 gigs.... in that case use linux partitioner to fix the drive back to 3 tb, ive had wd's trash each other too, so always back up, the drive is great but very sensitive, so in like ten seconds of doing something stupid like reading and writing at the same time and the drive will lock and slow, and if u touch it, reset etc, ur commimg back to a blank minced partition.... there should be some type of protection against such idiotic errors, wd is a little better in that way...."
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"As for other people's comments talking about not being able to set up all 3.63 TBs in one partition, I wonder if they have researched about the fact that you need to have a compatible Motherboard capable of supporting HDDs 3TBs or larger and you're likely required to install the drivers for 3TB or larger HDDs as well."
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"But the only problem I had with this was while using Clonezilla which didn't recognize 2 partitions on the drive."
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"The software that comes with the drives allowed me to partition the drives easily."
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"The only problem I had was that I installed with a fresh install of windows XP and XP only recognized 128GB of the drive I had to extend the partition using Partion Majic, but, that was not the fault of the new drive."
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"I think you need a 64bit OS to be able to use the entire drive as a single partition."
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"I chkdsk the drive and is shows good, I used two other partition programs and both say there are bad sectors and won't go any farther."
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"There is no user friendly tool provided by Windows that can alter the partition scheme."
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Port

Port:
"AHCI port 0 device error."
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"Swapped drives to a different port, different cables, and the problem followed the hard drive."
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"Using the Z68 SATA ports instead -- too many people having problems with using both controllers at the same time, especially if they have a RAID setup (I don't)."
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"Tried plugging it in to SATA port on motherboard, as well as to an externsl usb drive case, both to no avail."
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"HDD work excellent, it 6gb s transfer rate make it fast, make sure your motherboard support that transfer rate on it internal SATA ports to take full advantage of this HDD"
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"I put in a different hard drive right where this one was and it worked perfectly, causing me to vet the sata cable, power cable as well as the sata port on my hard drive."
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"Best part is that they are SATA 6, and if you have a SATA 6 port and cable they will perform."
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"Love the 6gbs transfer rate, now if I only had more 6GB s ports on my mobo!"
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Power

Power:
"Throughout the failures I originally tried different SATA and power ports thinking this could be an issue and on the last one I switched from onboard RAID to a RAID controller via PCIE to rule out anything onboard."
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"com blog best-hard-drive Some SMART data from my other 3 NAS drives:* Seagate ST3000DM001: Power On Hours: 15708, Raw Read Error Rate: 44,478,424* Seagate ST3000DM001: Power On Hours: 15698, Raw Read Error Rate: 69,934,176* WD30EFRX Red : Power On Hours: 9875, Raw Read Error Rate: 0Very interesting results from the above."
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"It is possible that it was damaged due to power outages via winter storms though."
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"I thought that I had an issue with one of the two that I bought after a power outage caused some disk recovery problems... but it turned out it was just the sata cable which had gone bad."
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"I have one other hard drive in my PC (it is not a Seagate hard drive) which is four years old now that has never given me issues they where even on the same power rail so it can't be a PSU issue and both had adequate cooling so the only thing I can think of would be hardware failure due to a shoddily constructed product, and the click of death I could hear from both failed units seems to confirm that."
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"Just keep in mind that:1, requires an external power supply, good for laptop battery, bad for convenience2."
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"I installed this two days ago the speed, response and power consumption is perfect for games, OS or data storage."
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"I put in a different hard drive right where this one was and it worked perfectly, causing me to vet the sata cable, power cable as well as the sata port on my hard drive."
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"I had to hunt for 2 cords for data transfer as well as 2 plugins for my power supply."
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Price

Price:
"Reviews I have read online seem to indicate they don't like to replace failing drives (as opposed to failed drives), so we will see...I almost gave this two stars because of the great price, but considering the short life span I've experienced the price isn't so great after all."
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"At this point getting any HDD less than 1TB is a wrong move as the price difference is minimal compared to 250,500,750GB HDDs."
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"We are very happy with this purchase as it fixed the problems with my son's computer for about 80 bucks and saved us lots of money as we were about to scrap the computer and lots of frustration of being without a computer if we had to send it out for upgrades or repairs."
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"Another possible strategy would be to stick with the Seagate drives and change them more often, but that seems like more hassle than the price difference would account for, given you'd be buying drives twice as often, plus time, etc."
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"I really should have gone with 4TB HDD but these were hard to pass up for the price."
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"Was the cheap, works great with no complaints."
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"Great price."
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"good price and really fast to arrive!"
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"great for the price"
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"best hd for the price."
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"Was a good price"
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Quality

Quality:
"My day job is It, I had been happily using WD till after the 1tb drives and they started having quality problems."
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"It looks like either the warranty drives Seagate sends are very low quality or they have terrible quality overall."
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"I know there's a good amount of variability in hard drive quality due to manufacturing inconsistencies but three different drives purchased in three different locations from three different lots have all died way before their time."
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"Segate used to be one of the best drives but their quality has become terrible in recent years."
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"Quick delivery, great Seagate quality - completely happy! "
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"good quality"
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"I got the product I needed good quality in a short time"
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"Recommended for NAS or Media ServerCost is great for high quality harddrive."
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"It may have received a faulty product, but Seagate is well known as one of the lower quality brands in the HDD market."
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Raid

Raid:
"Exactly what I needed to replace a failed drive in my RAID!"
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"Even though I am using on a raid 5, 50 percent failure rate in 2 years is not acceptable."
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"I run them in a RAID so this is mainly an exercise in frustration."
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"This is a bit hilarious since I had the 2 Seagate drives in RAID 1 and they both failed before I could rebuild the array."
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"Purchased two for a RAID mirror, and within two years, both have failed."
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"The failure rate in 2 years was around 50% where the failure rate of WD drives was less than 10%.In both of my experiences with these drives, the RAID controller would report an error and drop the drive from the Array."
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"This hard drive is a perfect addition to any computer, it was simple to install and get going, it runs cool and the transfer file speeds are great, it's a real bargain for this price, good for RAID arrays."
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"Love the benefit that RAID 1 gives me (redundancy)."
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"I like Seagate drives in general and this works very well in my Raid 5 configuration."
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"This is an amazing desktop hard drive, I own 3 of them using them in a Raid setup in my home server."
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"Good thing it was RAID 1."
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Read

Read:
"After 15 months it has started to fail, each day more and more files cannot be read, even after running chkdsk."
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"Installation went predictably, not easy, but if you search and read directions, you can do it."
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"Another partition manager I tried just throws an error saying it cannot read or write to the disk."
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"After removing and replacing the drive, I could get it to mount on another PC and read from it but a format attempt would result in the drive eventually being dropped from Windows due to controller errors."
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"The drive worked okay for about a month and every drive I received started to have read errors not too long after."
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"My only caveat for those who are comfortable around computers is to read up on HDD formats, otherwise, you might only get half the capacity of this drive to appear."
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"My only caveat for those who are comfortable around computers is to read up on HDD formats, otherwise, you might only get half the capacity of this drive to appear."
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"Read write speeds well over 300mb s. Great drives in my opinion."
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"Hasn't crashed yet and read and writes pretty quickly."
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"After owning it for almost a year the HDD works perfectly still, and the read write speeds have slowed little."
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"Daily backups finish in less than 10 minutes, so that's about 100 hours read write at best."
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Reliability

Reliability:
"This drive has the worst reliability ever."
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"Because of this, they've managed to compile a good set of data that show this drive as one of the worst performers in reliability."
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"Fingers crossed that this one will last longer than the previous model, Seagate doesn't have the best reputation for reliability."
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"I've used this drive in RAID arrays in my home servers for a few years now and have no complaints about their speed and reliability."
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"Stats collected by Backblaze indicate that Seagate (12,765 drives tested) has the worst reliability of the top 3 manufacturers."
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"If you look at HD reliability studies, you'll find Seagate is generally the worst."
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"A quick check online regarding the reliability of these drives led me to the remarkable Backblaze study which demonstrated the Seagate ST3000DM001's abysmal 45% failure rate compared to HGST's 1.5% failure rate."
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"Time will tell on reliability, but Seagate has been a well know brand for years."
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"I really enjoy it's speed and reliability, not to mention the extra space!"
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"Speed is pretty much average, but they reliability is quite poor."
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"Along with other past Seagate reliability issues, I'm pretty much done with Seagate drives now."
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Reliable

Reliable:
"I usually buy Seagate drives and they have only failed on me once out of like 50 drives, but now a second drive failed on me and I need something a little more reliable."
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"Not only that, they are very reliable and durable."
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"Despite the failure, it was a fairly reliable drive till the end."
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"But I feel for a drive that is touted and sold as a NAS drive and is supposed to be rock solid reliable for JUST THIS PURPOSE, a failure in the first 2 years AND not be covered under warranty I was a bit disappointed."
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"only complaint is the time for spooling up, but otherwise it's 3TB of reliable storage"
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"One thing for sure: disk drives fail in the first few months to a year, then are reliable, then begin an downward failure after 3 or so years."
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"Reliable, Quiet, Easy to Install"
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"Reliable, works great."
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"I don't consider them reliable enough to recommend."
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"This unit has been very quiet and works great and reliable so far."
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"Good drive, use in my NAS drive and they are pretty reliable."
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Screw

Screw:
"There are no mounting screws included and finding some is not very easy."
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"Unfortunately it's now out of warranty, so I removed the 6 screws plus the hidden one and had a peak inside - metal filings and dust everywhere, disintegrated read head and a big scratch all around the top platter."
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"This is totally disappointed, lucky that I have some spare mounting screws and cable, otherwise I need to take a trip to purchase it."
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"Would have liked to know how to get screws for it if I wanted to install as an additional drive instead of a replacement as in this case."
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"Unless you have a big box of screws laying around, save yourself the great trouble and spend the extra $10 for a retail version."
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"This is a pretty major screw up."
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"Why Seagate does not put 4 little screws onthe thing is a GREAT MYSTERY, but screws are easy to find."
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Sector

Sector:
"In just 1 year 2 of 4Tb Seagates started to reveal bad sectors in large number (like >100 unrecoverable errors on each)."
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"I am trying to recover whatever I can from the first failed drive, the one with 4300+ bad sectors."
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"For the record five 2 TB Hitachi drives I have purchased back in 2010 for a Synology DS 1010 are still running barely with 5-10 bad sector count and no failures."
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"First bad sectors, then complete failures."
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"One of them arrived with a corrupt ext3 partition on it (used), the other had so many bad sectors that the disk fails to ready up, causing the OS to only boot to init 1 and reboot if pushed to init 3 or 5."
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"Not one has lasted a full year in a low end, low usage NAS device before starting to reallocate sectors like mad as it fails."
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"I was checking SMART which shows how well a hard drive is working and it said 680 bad sectors."
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"To be clear, I 'm not talking about bad sectors."
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"Now I am face with a 250+ bill to recover my data as the second drive used as a backup has corrupted my acronis backups with bad sectors as well when i tried to restore to a great Hitachi drive."
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"I had high hopes when i bougth these, more room for my projects and work, games and everything, i set ther collections an old jobs portfolio, as i hope it will at least work for a year, since i bougth it in black friday's 2012... i was wrong, one day without showing any s. m. a. r. t errors neither bad sector, and in the middle of a regular work day, this thing died on me, i wanted to open a video recording for my relatives, but to my surprise the hhdd was not longer showing in explorer, i keep calmed and restart, then the click of death shows up, and not even the bios recognize it."
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"This 3 TB drive worked well for about a year, but now it has over 1,000 bad sectors and climbing."
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Server

Server:
"I've used this drive in RAID arrays in my home servers for a few years now and have no complaints about their speed and reliability."
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"Installed it in the ZyXEL 1-Bay Network Attached Storage and Media Server (NSA310S) and works ok, my complain is that it keeps shutting down and it's REALLY loud."
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"Bought this to replace a failed drive in my server and immediately received read write errors."
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"These are spinning in a temperature-controlled server rack situation, just completely unacceptable."
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"Unfortunately this did not show up in early testing of our server, as there were many reboots every time it was configured."
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"I got these for a nas server, I hate seagate products and prefer WD but these where cheaper and since its just for a NAS no biggie."
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"Being used in a server and doing quite well."
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"These are very nice drives, I have 4 running in my freenas server, they are running 24 7 with no problems."
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"Still working perfect, 1 year & counting in my Dell Server"
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"I have 3 WD drives that work just great in the same server since 3 years."
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"The one from here worked perfectly and sits quietly in my Plex server."
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Service

Service:
"After much back and forth with NETGEAR Tech Support, they sent me two new drives (also ST3000DM001), and I had to send the failed drives to Seagate Recovery Services (they recovered the data for quite a pretty penny!"
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"I've changed my rating to a 4 based on the fact the drive failed, but the customer service made up for it."
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"I did have one fail after 3years of service (head crash) but the others have worked beyond there 5 yr warranty."
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"Due to various factors, I was unable to set up the computer for a few months after I bought them, so they've been in service about 3 months shy of 2 years as of the time I write this (February 2015)."
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"I contacted customer service just wanted to get an explanation of this ridiculous failure reason."
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"Customer service was not good."
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"This item was a good value and the service was great."
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"Please contact your place of purchase for service."
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"UPDATE2: Seagate made things right, their customer service is fantastic!"
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"After much back and forth with NETGEAR Tech Support, they sent me two new drives (also ST3000DM001), and I had to send the failed drives to Seagate Recovery Services (they recovered the data for quite a pretty penny!"
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"great buy great service"
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Setting

Setting:
"I can only guess I will be jumping through those same hoops to get these next 2 replaced...Maybe this drive would work in some other setting, but it is terrible for my use case!"
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"The problem seems to have been related to a Linux power management glitch, but that hasn't been an issue since changing some settings."
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"Although some comments were negative dealing with DOA or having problems setting up the computer to recognize the 3 TB, Had it for 3+ months."
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"I tried to locate any information on the internet to see if there were certain settings that could be used to alleviate or eliminate this problem, but I haven't been successful in finding anything solid."
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"Works great, but took a ton of tweaking settings to get the WHS to load on the server."
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"I had no problems setting it up, and can verify this even works well under OS X."
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"no problems setting it up."
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"Swapped the new drive into the XPS, configured a few things (such as r w access, security settings and drive sharing) and it's working really well."
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"I was able to change around the settings to get 2.75tb."
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Shipping

Shipping:
"I had already used the one I received back on warranty for a different purpose so once again I ordered one with Prime shipping to have it fail again."
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"I unboxed it, placed it into a 3.5in drive bay, got frustrated with my Rosewell (purchased on Newegg a year earlier, told me I had to pay for return shipping on a $3 cable which they sent the wrong length of...) sata cables falling out constantly, installed my OS rather quickly, and booted up the computer."
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"The seller was easy to work with and replaced the HDD even though there was nothing wrong with it and paid for all the shipping."
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"Now I'm having to deal with sending this back to Seagate...who incidentally doesn't pay for shipping of their dead unit to their factory for replacement."
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"I don't care if a DOA is the manufacturer's fault or the shipping company's fault; they don't bother me as much, because despite the inconvenience, at least you don't lose any data."
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"Followed Seagate warranty exchange program (which was reasonably fast and easy but I had to pay my own shipping for their faulty product)."
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"Nice price, fast shipping."
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"great product fast shipping"
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"Fast shipping Great service."
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"Amazon has a great price and fast shipping."
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"During the RMA process, I discovered that not only am I responsible for packaging it at a quality HIGHER than I initially received it in (for a non-functioning drive, I might add) and paying shipping costs (which will not be reimbursed,) but also that the replacement isn't even a new drive, nor will the defective drive be returned to me for any attempt at data recovery."
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Silent

Silent:
"These drives are not the silent type so beware if your one of those people who can't stand the hum of a drive."
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"Silent, fast and works great in my new computer build."
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"I love Seagate Barracuda drives...They're fast and SILENT...I don't trust SSD yet..."
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"I have huge amounts of image files and needed new storage 1tb does not serve my purpose anymore , this drive was easy to install , is very silent and fast enough to work with huge amounts of files and adobe lightroom , when full I will get a next one of the same"
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"The Seagate DriveWizard software was easy to use and this new drive is totally silent as far as I can tell."
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"It's nice and quiet (not totally silent, but with my case closed I really don't hear it unless I'm actually listening for it.)"
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Speed

Speed:
"This isn't the fastest most impressive storage option out there, but it is huge, and its effective right away."
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"I tried copying some data and the performance was quite unusual - It was clear that something was wrong with the drive."
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"While this particular 3TB model had a painfully high rate of failure, subsequent Seagate models such as their 4TB drive, model: ST4000DM000, are performing well with an annualized 2014 failure rate of just 2.6% as of December 31, 2014."
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"The performance is also good for them, no complaints there and another reason i had opted to buy them."
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"Not a single issue, not loud, good read and write speeds."
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"Higher capacities (which do not require amazing speed to read write) are becoming cheaper and cheaper to acquire in HDDs - while faster loads of the operating system (O S) and software are being offered by SSDs."
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"Very fast and you gotta love 4tb of storage space"
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"good price and really fast to arrive!"
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"I bought it to replace a failing drive inside my iMac and initially it was a fantastic drive, fast and quiet."
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"Performance of the drive has been good."
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"Performs like it should and I can store my data with confidence."
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Transfer

Transfer:
"I built a new system in December of 2013 and for the last week I've been trying to transfer my files off the drive before it disconnects itself and before it's impending failure."
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"But the only downside to it is the slow transfer speed."
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"Still, it's a huge hassle to transfer all of my data on to a new hard drive, reload all of my drivers, and get everything back up and running again."
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"However, having a file or a group of files stop writing but still appear as if it is writing to the drive in the middle of a 30GB transfer or more, is very deceptive, and fairly frustrating."
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"Just be aware that their software is not the best and if you are doing a transfer with a hard drive that has Windows on it there are a few more steps involved in doing this properly."
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"The downside is that even though this is a pretty fast drive that spins at 7200 rpm I get pretty disappointing transfer rates even when interfacing this drive to my USB 3 capable laptop with a USB 3 hard drive dock."
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"Pretty quick transfer speeds for a hard drive."
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"This hard drive is a perfect addition to any computer, it was simple to install and get going, it runs cool and the transfer file speeds are great, it's a real bargain for this price, good for RAID arrays."
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"So far so good, I just got it hooked up in my setup, after having multiple issues with my WD drives, finally decided to give Seagate a try, and my 2tb had no issues spinning up, fast transfer and everything good so far."
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"Transfer rates good, runs cool and no issues yet with mine both in docking stations or in box installs."
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"It gets the job done with a ton of space left over and has a reasonable data transfer rate."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"I bought a 200 MB (yes MB) drive from Seagate 20+ years ago that failed right after one year warranty expired."
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"This drive came with a 2 year warranty and failed after 2 years 6 months."
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"A year ago, out of warranty time, one of the drives started failing synology's smart tests and its status would come up as abnormal."
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"just after 2 years (just past warranty), 1 failed."
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"They say 3-Year warranty on consumer drives, what they fail to mention is that it is 3-years from the date code on the drive NOT the date you purchased it."
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"It sucks to lose them, but the really annoying part is that it waited until just after the warranty to die."
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"Well, Seagate tells me the warranty has expired!"
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"got 2 of them (now 3), spent a good hunk of money back then, they failed when warranty was up."
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"Finally, because my drive still has a few days left under warranty, I was able to RMA it; however, Seagate still charged me more to ship out the replacement drive than what they quoted me!"
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"I probably won't buy another Seagate drive in the future...not because this one failed, but because the warranty on these drives isn't great."
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"It worked well for 2 years then about two weeks after the warranty expired it crashed and all data was lost."
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Windows

Windows:
"After removing and replacing the drive, I could get it to mount on another PC and read from it but a format attempt would result in the drive eventually being dropped from Windows due to controller errors."
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"However, the drive still failed the DST, and the S. M. A. R. T. stats and windows reported the drive as healthy."
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"Nothing but problems installing this drive into a Windows 8.1 machine."
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"If something was wrong after 7 months, Windows 7's scheduled defrag or one of the other scheduled checks would have told me."
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"Worked well while it worked, but started giving errors IDE controllers in the windows event log after about a month of use and stopped working entirely (windows refuses to boot while its connected) less than week later."
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"I had some problems to install on windows 8"
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"Very fast drive, I'm using it as my Steam drive alongside an SSD for Windows and load times are great."
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"Easily formatted to 4GB in Windows 7 x64."
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"There is no user friendly tool provided by Windows that can alter the partition scheme."
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"It would be nice if the manufacturer included a setup disk for bootstrapping the large disk > 2 Gb for Windows-7, but I was able to download it from the Seagate Website support and was able to clone the Windows-7 OS on it without any issue."
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Write

Write:
"Another partition manager I tried just throws an error saying it cannot read or write to the disk."
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"Not a single issue, not loud, good read and write speeds."
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"Higher capacities (which do not require amazing speed to read write) are becoming cheaper and cheaper to acquire in HDDs - while faster loads of the operating system (O S) and software are being offered by SSDs."
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"It started with not letting me write to it anymore, but I thought it was a bios problem."
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"Bought this to replace a failed drive in my server and immediately received read write errors."
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"I lost no data but could no longer write to it and Disk Utility was unable to fix it."
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"Decent write with good space."
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"I usually don't write reviews because most of my purchase experiences are good."
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"Read write speeds well over 300mb s. Great drives in my opinion."
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"Hasn't crashed yet and read and writes pretty quickly."
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"After owning it for almost a year the HDD works perfectly still, and the read write speeds have slowed little."
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Writing

Writing:
"I'm writing this review on 9 1 14, so I expect more failures with the remaining drives."
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"My hard drive was having writing errors so I replaced it."
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"Nothing ever failed to write or was incomplete...(Writing large Batches); 2 5; again, it's very probable that the blame for this is on my ThermalTake HDD Dock."
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"I haven't heard any clicks or delays that signal trouble reading or writing or signs of early failure."
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"After 6 months of home usage, the drive has writing problems - so I guess I have to replace it...Not shure yet if all my data is lost or not."
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"well not good - first unit DOA after 10 mins - send drive back to Seatgate - it took 3 weeks to get a replacment - the replacement does run but after using it while it shows up getting errors - I can't trust it - i have a SSD for C and 3 western digital drives at 2 TByte each - and hard drive test show NO errors - but it shows the Barracuda with errors - I was hoping this drive would be a good C drive - because it has 1Tbyte per patter which makes it very fast but they are craming a lot of data very thight and it must be having problems reading and writing - to bad - I pulled the drive"
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"The drive works as it should, with no problems reading or writing data."
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"I love it, fast when searching and writing or reading, fits nice in my SFF and havent had any issues"
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"The hard drive has worked very well, the speed of reading and writing .."
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"Graphic Design software runs very well, I mean, the writing and saving speeds are a high jump compared to older HDD's I've used."
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"After two weeks of reading and writing perfectly fine, it gave out."
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