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Seagate 2TB Desktop SSHD SATA 6Gb-s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Drive Retail Kit (STCL2000400) by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Seagate 2TB Desktop SSHD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Drive Retail Kit (STCL2000400)
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 602 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 5.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Installation4.8   above average
Cable4.6   above average
Price4.4   average
Speed4.2   below average
Capacity3.8   below average
Packaging3.2   below average
Server3.0   below average
Windows2.9   below average
Read2.7   below average
Warranty2.5   below average


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Cable

Cable:
"A novice like me could have easily picked the wrong data cable."
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"The disc kit came with signal and power cables along with a quick start guide which was easy to follow for the mechnaical installation."
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"This package is advertised and sold as a kit, which implies that the cables and hardware, as well as the software, needed to install the drive are included."
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"A novice like me could have easily picked the wrong data cable."
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"No, I didn't actually do the damage myself, because the SATA cable came right out one day whilst using my computer."
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"Those older cables might have been good only for 3Gbit s rate of older SATA.3) some BIOSes might have problems detecting large drives."
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Capacity

Capacity:
"Great performance for the category group relative low operative temperature, yes that means if you got many in a rack it won't melt the case, and for the price capacity ratio I challenge you to find anything this good"
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"I doubt I'll ever need to worry about capacity, which was an occasional problem when using a USB stick."
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"Be careful with this drive, Seagate has a known problem with many of it's recent Baracuda High Capacity Hard Drives, where after 3-6 months, the drive simply fails to boot."
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"Great performance for the category group relative low operative temperature, yes that means if you got many in a rack it won't melt the case, and for the price capacity ratio I challenge you to find anything this good"
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"Quick delivery, and I love the storage capacity."
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"Excellent speed and capacity for the price"
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"Writes are also around 160.Capacity: I think 6 TB for 250 dollars is really nice."
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"Considering the larger capacity of this drive, it's pretty speedy for what it is."
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Installation

Installation:
"Only negative - downloading and installing all of the Windows updates and Office updates and updates and updates and updates."
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"The disc kit came with signal and power cables along with a quick start guide which was easy to follow for the mechnaical installation."
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"I bought one a number of months ago and the installation was one of the easiest I have had and has worked well so I recently bought two more and installed them and all seemed OK until I started to transfer data and it was excruciatingly slow."
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"No problem installing it."
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"No installation problems."
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"Installation was easy and the supplied mounting screws were machined perfectly to the threading on the drive ports."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"Got this HDD to upgrade my current computer because i recently filled up my 1TB HDD, First of all it came perfectly packaged in its box, didn't have to worry to much about it being damaged."
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"Demand in your shipping comments that it be packaged correctly or you will send it back because of excessive G force!"
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"You can also then check the packaging to see if any corners are dented from drops which could compromise the life of your new hard drive."
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"While this might be ok for some people we bought these specifically to go into a RAID set populated by identical drives, so getting shipped drives that were falsely packaged is very misleading and very inconvenient."
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"Was delivered promptly and well packaged."
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"Good HHD, arrived decently fast and no problems, well packaged for shipping."
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"Got this HDD to upgrade my current computer because i recently filled up my 1TB HDD, First of all it came perfectly packaged in its box, didn't have to worry to much about it being damaged."
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"Well packaged, so so price, works as designed."
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"I got the retail packaging to ensure the best chance of damage-free shipping."
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Price

Price:
"Great performance for the category group relative low operative temperature, yes that means if you got many in a rack it won't melt the case, and for the price capacity ratio I challenge you to find anything this good"
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"I really hate seagate but this was cheap, and from amazon so i went for it."
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"Its very hard to get this quality of service so affordable"
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"Otherwise, for the price, this one is hard to beat."
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"Amazons response was to refund my money which I found disappointing."
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"If you're worried about how they will handle your hard drive, this is the solution for you, it's the same price as the OEM but you are 100% sure your hard drive wont come with any problem, so if your major problem is this one... don't wait and BUY IT!"
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"Great for the money, hasn't crashed yet."
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"Extremely great value for money!"
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"Great price on an excellent hard drive."
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"So I very satisfied price and product."
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"This is a great drive for the price."
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Read

Read:
"worked just fine for over two years(warranty period), and then just a few months out of warranty, BOOM, failing linear, butterfly, and random reads."
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"I just ran the Seagate tools on this drive and it came back with read errors on the drive all in the boot sector."
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"It is slow, I got this thing to store my steam library on and the read and write speed are terrible compared to my 2tb 7200rpm3."
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"I have read and compare seagate seems that this was the worst."
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"My best guess is that since web pages are saved to the hard drive for faster loading in the future, the drive must have not been able to read them which caused a huge lag while the system tried to decide if it should continue trying to load a web page off the hard drive or download it again from the internet."
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"I was a little disappointed the drive doesn't read as a full TB, but I guess thats okay."
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"Nice and fast , double the read and write speeds to my previous 7200 rpm drive ."
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"Performance: my read speeds on both drives mean out to about 190 Mb s. This is spectacular in my mind."
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"hdparm [Read Test]210.31 MB secIn order to get the most accurate readings from dd, I ran dd through a timed bash shell that makes sure to sync the cache to the disk before exiting."
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"Read write speeds are really good and no errors at any time yet."
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"Each drive on a SATA III port is good for about 179mb s read write."
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Server

Server:
"Extremely displeased with this drive, failed in 1 year of use in a server array."
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"Was using on a Windows Home server, very little activity, but failed prematurely."
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"The server becomes totally unresponsive and even then after hours of making my way to the disk manager, it won't access the drive."
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"Then again, the rest of my server is dead quiet, so that's why you can hear them."
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"I also have 3 NAS drives that support the DLNA server as well."
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"This was a pretty good deal for 2TB hard drives, needed these for my media server and the price was good."
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"Well... 2 weeks ago, my server started freaking out!"
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"I have 2 of these mirrored on a home server with no problems so far."
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"The file server was built and perform well."
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Speed

Speed:
"No issues, good performance, 64meg cache....not a lot to say past that."
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"I already purchased a Western Digital high performance drive as a replacement for this failed drive, but I am hoping that I can get a refund of my purchase price."
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"It is not as fast as a full SSD but it's a perfect compromise."
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"It is slow, I got this thing to store my steam library on and the read and write speed are terrible compared to my 2tb 7200rpm3."
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"For multimedia, you don't need great speed but you do need space."
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"Its hard to remember which drives last longer, and performance is not worth the effort to compare."
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"Great performance and storage space in one unit."
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"It is not as fast as a full SSD but it's a perfect compromise."
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"Fast shipping Great service."
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"Well, I got away with it, just like they said: SSD speed without the SSD expense or space limitations."
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"Great performance for the category group relative low operative temperature, yes that means if you got many in a rack it won't melt the case, and for the price capacity ratio I challenge you to find anything this good"
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Warranty

Warranty:
"worked just fine for over two years(warranty period), and then just a few months out of warranty, BOOM, failing linear, butterfly, and random reads."
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"Seagate makes it easy to return drives if they fail during the warranty, very simple exchange, they provide the packing ... you pay $10 for the shipping the new drive arrives ... that is it."
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"Have gone to Seagate to attempt a Warranty return, they are listed as OEM drives, and tell you to contact the OEM who sold them to you."
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"So 4 failed drives, no warranty, use the drives at your own risk."
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"The worst part is that apparently it is out of warranty!"
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"Seagate makes it easy to return drives if they fail during the warranty, very simple exchange, they provide the packing ... you pay $10 for the shipping the new drive arrives ... that is it."
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"He also verified the warranty was still good for 27 months."
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"I have been working with computers for many years and Seagate was the best drive and warranty out there for many years."
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"I bought the 2TB drive from Amazon, please be aware that this drive has only 1-year warranty, not the 5-year warranty some might think or in other stores."
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"Seagate has a good warranty program and they would exchange them for free."
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Windows

Windows:
"This is a windows glitch and most likely not related to drive."
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"Was using on a Windows Home server, very little activity, but failed prematurely."
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"Initially, I thought there was something wrong with this drive because my BIOS could see it but Windows 8.1 could not."
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"I used windows disk check and it reported errors with the hard drive."
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"Only negative - downloading and installing all of the Windows updates and Office updates and updates and updates and updates."
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"Of the four failures, one was catastrophic and data was lost, one failed just after I transferred data, one started clicking, so I removed data from it, and the fourth passes all tests but windows 7 says it is failing twice a day."
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"But had no problems, once I figured out how to have windows recognize the new disk."
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"I immediately noticed a nice speed increase (though some of that is due to Windows being fresh)."
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"This was the OEM drive on my Dell Studio XPS 8200 (1tb) and just recently (April 2014) Windows is giving me an exceeded parameters warning."
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"Since I'm getting fed up with the accelerated rate of waste in the technology industry, I decided to upgrade my Intel Core 2 Duo Windows 7 Pro (32 bits) PC to better its performance and be able to run the type of applications I use for my top managment consulting profesional services as strategic planning adviser."
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"(Not a traditional raid... two drives, separate master backup volumes, mirrored using Microsoft SyncToys, which is a pretty cool program, btw).Yesterday, I started up the computer and in both POST as well as Windows 7 bootup (when it reaches the desktop), I was alerted that both SMART monitoring as well as Windows sensed a failure in the drive."
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