SEAGATE ST31500541AS Barracuda Green Internal 3.5" SATA Hard Drive - 1.5TB for £39.99 Delivered @ Dixons - HotUKDeals
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Decent price for a high capacity Seagate HDD Not the quickest but should be reliable and a cheap place to store your movies and music. I can't find this priced cheaper anywhere else.
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#1
posted for pc world 2 weeks ago.

linky
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AVOID! Crap seagate firmware. If you value any of your data don't put it on a Seagate hard disk.

I've had 2 x 1.5TB Seagate drives trash themselves completely due to faulty firmware if you don't believe me Google Seagate 1.5 Tb firmware problems and you'll find 100's of posts
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£40 for 1.5TB or £50 for 2TB....
#4
kemik
AVOID! Crap seagate firmware. If you value any of your data don't put it on a Seagate hard disk.

I've had 2 x 1.5TB Seagate drives trash themselves completely due to faulty firmware if you don't believe me Google Seagate 1.5 Tb firmware problems and you'll find 100's of posts


Well I have 2 of these drives & 5 Seagate drives in total.
All of which have been perfect for years.
#5
I have Hitachi, Maxtor, Seagate & Samsung drives.
Which brand has caused trouble?.........Hitachi.
#7


not a review, that's a forum comment with some people expressing dissatisfaction with their drives. If you read further down, other people say they are entirely happy. I've had several Seagate Drives over the years (got two in my main PC now) and never had a moments trouble, although I have had Western Digital, Fujitsu and Maxtor drives fail on me in the past.

Every drive will fail eventually. Seagate are just as good (or bad) as any other. Seagate are the biggest manufacturer and will therefore statistically get more failures eventually, simply because they make more drives than anyone else.

Very good price for this drive, heat added.

PS. If you want more reliability, try a SSD, but you might struggle to find a 1.5TB one for under £40!:D

Edited By: andyken on Jul 19, 2011 10:11
#8
should be reliable
ORLY?


andyken
PS. If you want more reliability, try a SSD, but you might struggle to find a 1.5TB one for under £40!:D
Actually, if you want reliability you use anything except Seagate...

Edited By: jukkie on Jul 19, 2011 11:47
#9
seriously theres nothing wrong with these drives. true the earlier ones did have a firmware issue but thats now fixed.

ive had 6 of these in a raid 5 for a year and a half thats always on, not a single problem.

voted hot since its lower price/gb as the cheapest available 2tb at £56
#10
Truly diabolical customer service from Dixons - completely unable to handle cancellations (the product arrives anyway) or returns (no one ever arrives to collect despite booking). Avoid like the plague!
#11
cdyson37
Truly diabolical customer service from Dixons - completely unable to handle cancellations (the product arrives anyway) or returns (no one ever arrives to collect despite booking). Avoid like the plague!

I must be lucky then as I have had very good c/s from Dixons.
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Worse drives i have ever used, Had so many fail changed to WD and Samsung no problems, gave them another go a month ago and yeah lasted 2 weeks never again
#13
hawkie
ive had 6 of these in a raid 5 for a year and a half thats always on, not a single problem.
Being always on actually extends the life of HDD's.
It's turning them on and off all the time that stresses the components.
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Good price for a 1.5TB storage drive.
#15
jukkie
hawkie
ive had 6 of these in a raid 5 for a year and a half thats always on, not a single problem.

Being always on actually extends the life of HDD's.
It's turning them on and off all the time that stresses the components.


im aware of that but my point remains, in my experience the drives have been reliable and i think that the firmware issues have been resolved or maybe i just got a good batch
#16
cdyson37
...completely unable to handle cancellations (the product arrives anyway)...

Did they cancel the payment though? That'd be pretty good service if they sent the drive AND gave you the money back...
#17
stamfordblue
I have Hitachi, Maxtor, Seagate & Samsung drives.
Which brand has caused trouble?.........Hitachi.
What decade are you living in?
#18
Expelliarmus
cdyson37
...completely unable to handle cancellations (the product arrives anyway)...

Did they cancel the payment though? That'd be pretty good service if they sent the drive AND gave you the money back...


Nope never collected it, never got back to me, never gave me a refund. They had difficulty even acknowledging the order had ever existed - I had to explain that they could search for orders by my email address (to gasps of consternation) before they could even find it!
#19
Arrived today and very happy. A little noisy, but I may need to check the case.
#20
Anyone checked the warranty status of their drive online with Seagate? Mine says warranty expires 04-May-2013 - that's less than 2 years, not the 3 that was advertised. Suggests these drives are new old stock and have been hanging around for well over a year.

I've emailed Dixons to see if they honour the 3 year warranty themselves, or if in fact it doesn't actually have the full 3 years.
#21
As others have stated there are firmware issues with this model. I bought one anyway and have updated the firmware from CC34 to CC35.

Word of warning: when I tried the auto updater from within Windows 7, it ate the boot sector of my drive and the PC would not boot. It's supposed to replace it with a loader that runs the firmware update at the next boot up but it didn't work. I had to boot from my Windows 7 DVD and use the command prompt to restore the boot sector with BOOTSECT.EXE.

I then created a boot CD to do the firmware update instead, using the ISO image on Seagate's website:
http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/support/downloads/firmware/BarracudaLP-ALL-CC35.iso

The firmware updater said that the drive model matched but that the firmware is not compatible. This isn't true - lots of people have had this problem. You have to force the firmware update, which can be done by following these steps:

1. Unplug all other IDE and SATA devices except the one you wish to update and the optical drive you wish to boot from
2. Boot from ISO CD.
3. Read disclaimer, press ESC once read.
4. On the option screen (where you can try an auto upgrade) press [Ctrl] + [C] to break to the command line.
5. Press [Y] on the keyboard to confirm
6. Type the following, then press enter:

FDL486A -m Hepburn -f HECC358H.LOD -s -x -b -v -a 20

7. The firmware flash process will begin. DO NOT INTERRUPT THIS PROCEDURE OR YOU WILL DESTROY YOUR DRIVE !! Once successful you will see the c:\> prompt.
8. Power off the machine

This worked fine for me and wasn't data destructive - ie. all my files are intact on the drive following the update. However, USE THIS PROCEDURE ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK and MAKE SURE YOU BACK UP YOUR DATA FIRST !!

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