Seagate ST31500341AS 1.5TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM - Ebuyer £89.99 - HotUKDeals
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Nice price for a decent HDD ...

Seagate has a proven track record of consistently delivering reliable products in volume, and the new Barracuda 7200.11 family is no exception. Designed with up to four platters and the only second-generation perpendicular recording technology in the industry, the Barracuda 7200.11 drive offers the ideal balance of world-class technology and value, providing customers with an optimal overall solution.

Specifications

Specification Value
Product Description Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 - hard drive - 1.5 TB - SATA-300
Type Hard drive - internal
Form Factor 3.5" x 1/3H
Dimensions (WxDxH) 10.2 cm x 14.7 cm x 2.6 cm
Weight 0.72 kg
Capacity 1.5 TB
Interface Type Serial ATA-300
Data Transfer Rate 300 MBps
Average Seek Time 8.5 ms
Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Buffer Size 32 MB
Vista Certification Works with Windows Vista
Manufacturer Warranty 3 years warranty
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#1
Hot deal! I've ordered two thanks! :D
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Very good price, I bought one last month for £99.

However be warned, this drive has a severe track history of problems which were later mostly fixed by Seagate with a firmware update, I took a gamble and bought one from eBuyer (who sent me one with the CC1H firmware) but I'm getting the other main problem with the drive, reallocated sector counts.

The reallocated sector counts on my drive go up by 1 or 2 every 48 hours or so (use HD Tune to check) and is a telltale sign that the drive is failing. I'm currently on 12 reallocated sector counts and I'm considering sending it back to eBuyer.

See Seagate's own forum for more details, notably:

http://forums.seagate.com/stx/board/message?board.id=ata_drives&thread.id=5431

http://forums.seagate.com/stx/board/message?board.id=ata_drives&thread.id=11972

There's also a problem people may encounter if you have a nvidia chipset on your motherboard, you won't be able to format the entire drive, stopping at 1.1TB rather than the full 1.5TB. The fix is to update your motherboard's SATA controller drivers. See here for more details.

Personally, I regret buying the drive despite being by far and away the best sized hard drive for the price - you do have to consider why it's so cheap. The entire 7200.11 range from Seagate has generally a bad reputation, which is a shame as Seagate used to be very good.

I'd avoid the drive unless you want to take a gamble like I did or buy something more reputable like the 1TB Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD103UJ that's been listed here a few times or the 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS, which is a bit more expensive GB/£, but it's probably one of the best regular (non RAID) 1TB hard drives around.
#3
prices are dropping,

i also think the Western Digital Caviar Black's are the best drives around, ive heard the Samsung SpinPoint F1's are very fast but have a high failure rate, having said that i have had three smaller samsungs and they have been fine.

now i have a Black and a Samsung, i will see which one lasts the longest!
#4
hawt!
#5
Great price but how many years before there is a 1.5TB SSD one for this price ? 2-3 ?
#6
orangelemon
Great price but how many years before there is a 1.5TB SSD one for this price ? 2-3 ?


er, what if you don't want to wait 2-3 years? it's been said before here so many times: if you wait long enough all bits of technology will be dirt cheap but then you would have missed out on years of their use...

you pay for what you get; if it's worth it to you then buy it else don't....
#7
Keep meaning to ask someone about this -

Got a 320GB MyBook Premium external drive (firewire one) - would this go straight in?
#8
crackerbear
Very good price, I bought one last month for £99.

However be warned, this drive has a severe track history of problems which were later mostly fixed by Seagate with a firmware update, I took a gamble and bought one from eBuyer (who sent me one with the CC1H firmware) but I'm getting the other main problem with the drive, reallocated sector counts.


Cheers for doing the research for us :thumbsup:, I would never buy a hard drive that has reliability issues no matter how cheap. A shame as this is a really good price.

paolo
Keep meaning to ask someone about this -

Got a 320GB MyBook Premium external drive (firewire one) - would this go straight in?


Depends on whether it's SATA or IDE, you'll need it to be SATA for this HD. 320GB might just be when IDE drives were still around.
#9
I'll rip it apart and have a peek :thumbsup:

from amazon - "The drive inside the unit is a Western Digital SATA drive. 3200JS"
#10
cheap drive
#11
crackerbear
Very good price, I bought one last month for £99.

*snip*


Rep added for that informative post, thanks a lot.

Heat/rep added to OP too
#12
"Seagate has a proven track record of consistently delivering reliable products in volume, and the new Barracuda 7200.11 family is no exception."

yeah right, that has to be marketing bs, haven't they heard about the firmware issues of the 7200.11 range, and the pretty poor pcb of the 7200.9 range?

samsung spinpoint f1 1tb is what i'm sticking with (wish they'd do a 1.5-2tb) and they're not perfect either.

it does show that prices are coming down though - 1tb is about 60ukp, 1.5tb is about 90 works out right.
#13
I love how quick technology moves, who'd have thought it 1.5TB hard drive for under £100 and graphics cards in the Gigabytes!

I remember thinking by 32mb graphics card was the dogs danglies!

Good price for the size of drive

Who'll give me odds on a TB of ram before the decade's out lol
#14
Cheers, was needing to get another..... apparently run of space for backups.
#15
Shimmasok
I love how quick technology moves, who'd have thought it 1.5TB hard drive for under £100 and graphics cards in the Gigabytes!

I remember thinking by 32mb graphics card was the dogs danglies!

Good price for the size of drive

Who'll give me odds on a TB of ram before the decade's out lol


i remember having a p2 300MHz and being in awe of my mates 12MB graphics card!
#16
In terms of performance, I remember reading these in Custom PC and they faired pretty well.
#17
sej7278
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samsung spinpoint f1 1tb is what i'm sticking with (wish they'd do a 1.5-2tb) and they're not perfect either.



Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5TB Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache - OEM available for £99.99 (£5 more than the seagate as the price has gone up) :thumbsup:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166989
#18
huc
Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5TB Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache - OEM available for £99.99 (£5 more than the seagate as the price has gone up) :thumbsup:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166989

The problem with that drive and other "Eco" or "Green" drives are that they're usually quite slow, closer to 5400rpm than the standard 7200rpm due to the fact they're trying to save energy. They're fine if you want to use for say backups, but if you do a lot of writing to the drive it can get annoying. This is why the Samsung F1, whilst only being 1TB, is considered a better choice by most people compared to the F2.

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