- Brand Name: Seagate
- Model Number: ST31000333AS
- Hard Disk Size: 1.0 TB
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 5 year
- Hard Disk Description: desktop
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1 TB SATA 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Hard Drive ST31000333AS
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- Spindle Speed is 7,200 RPM
- Delivers 1 TB capacity, 32 MB Cache; interface option is SATA 3 GB/s NCQ
- Ships with the industry's most reliable and proven perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology
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Top Customer Reviews
Personally, reliability is a huge concern for me because I take tons of precious pictures of my family & baby and I cannot afford to lose them. That's why I always build RAID systems with different drives from different manufacturers, and in certain cases same manufacturer but with very different batches. After only 3 weeks, this drive failed. Since it was on a raid system, no big deal. I swapped in another drive, and it to Amazon. My other 750G failed after a year's use. That's 2 Seagate failures within 30 days of timespan-- not a good impression so far.
Let's compare the latest Seagate with the latest Western Digital technologies. My Green 1T WD drives have been running for a few months without any problems so far. It's by far the quietest drives I've ever gotten, certainly much quieter than any of the Seagate Barracuda drives. It's also the most vibration free drives (Seagate is a bit noisier) and cool running-- heat shortens the lifespan of everything. The return policy for WD is much more hastle free-- you put in your credit card number and they'll hold the fees, and mail you a new drive immediately until you return the defective one, upon which they'll refund the credit card fees.Read more ›
As of now, this is the state of the art Seagate 1TB drive. It uses just three drive platters (the thing that looks like a compact disc in the photo - there's actually a stack of those inside your hard drive!). Older 1TB drives used 4 or even 5 platters.
Less platters means greater data density, which means faster data transfer speeds. Less platters also means cooler operating temperatures, usually.
The 7200.11 line of drives uses 333GB platters. The new 7200.12 drives with 500GB platters is starting to be released - a one platter, 500GB drive is available now. A two platter 1TB drive should be out sometime in the next month or two.
By the way, a few notes about OEM / bulk drives:
- OEM or bulk means it comes in plain packaging, with no software, screws or cables. If you're replacing a drive, that may not be a problem. But if it's a new installation, you'll need a SATA data cable and (often) a power adapter.
- As of 1/3/2009, Seagate has reduced the warranty on their OEM hard drives from 5 years to 3 years. Not a big deal to me, as after 3 years I'm not going to pay to return the drive and put the 3+-year-old model refurbished drive I get back in my machine anyway. The real issue is, what's the reliability of the drive, so you don't need the warranty? It's very hard to get a good answer on that.
Many people would say buy a Seagate, Western Digital, or Hitachi drive, and after that, it's a roll of the dice. Certainly making sure your fans are working and you clean out the dust bunnies helps!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seagate quality is terrible and is getting worse. Several things support this trend.
1. Barracuda drives use to have a five year warranty - activated on the date of... Read more
Be aware these (at least my drive) are not new drives. SMART info verifies my drive already has 220 power on hours and 29 power cycle counts! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Erik
Installed 500GB version in Windows Server 2012 R2 system as primary boot drive. Has been running flawlessly, almost continuously for about 5 years with no issues. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MeWa
Another one of these just died. Seagate makes some pretty fast drives, but their reliability is very poor. Read morePublished 7 months ago by wintermute
Works great, using in a backup raid array. Initial surface tests came back clean.Published 10 months ago by Scott M.
Mine still working with no problem (and little fell bad sectors) as my main disk in my home PC after 5 years of daily use. Read morePublished 13 months ago by rogeriomelo