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Seagate Desktop HDD 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 16 MB Cache 3.5"- Internal Drive Retail Kit (ST3500641AS-RK)

by Seagate
4.3 out of 5 stars 650 customer reviews
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500GB
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  • 500GB storage capacity with SATA III, 6Gb/s NCQ Interface
  • Seagate AcuTrac servo technology delivers dependable performance
  • Seagate OptiCache technology boosts overall performance by as much as 45% over the previous generation.
  • Seagate Smart Align technology provides a simple, transparent migration to Advanced Format 4K sectors.
  • Best Fit Applications include: Desktop or all-in-one PCs, Home servers , PC-based game systems, Desktop RAID, Direct attached external storage devices (DAS), Network attached storage devices (NAS)
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Product Description

Capacity: 500GB | Style: HDD

Seagate 500GB Internal SATA 16MB Cache Hard Drive. The blazingly fast, amazingly easy way to store and work with massive amounts of data. With their 3Gb/sec data rate, Serial ATA interface and Native Command Queuing (NCQ) technology, these highly advanced drives improve desktop performance.

Product Information

Capacity:500GB  |  Style:HDD

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
RAM 16 MB
Hard Drive 500 GB Internal hard drive
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Seagate
Item model number ST3500641AS-RK
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System N/A
Item Weight 1.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 7.2 x 3.6 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 9.5 x 7.25 x 3.63 inches
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM

Additional Information

ASIN B000EY5F5C
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 650 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #881 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Hard Drives
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available October 12, 2005

Warranty & Support

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From the Manufacturer

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Style Name: HDDSize: 6TB
Oh yeah and if anyone is considering the 6TB there's several major differences from previous 4TB Seagate's I own:

#1 runs about 6C hotter i.e. 37C at load vs 31C for 4TB drive.

#2 missing holes in the middle of drive for mounting so may be a problem for some. Apparently they add an extra platter to hit 6TB so that's why they had to get rid of middle holes since there was no space left for them and probably why it runs hotter too.

#3 makes more noise than older drive most likely due to extra platters. I have it running in an external dock until I replace one of the drives in my 4 bay Seagate NAS and I can definitely hear it making noise especially when it first starts up or starts working hard. Drive seeking noise not as noticeable on older 2 and 4TB drives.

#4 Performance wise this is probably the fastest mechanical drive I've used in a long time!
200MB/s which is way faster than the typical 120MB/s and even faster than some SSD drives!
See the picture I posted. The slowest speed of this this drive around 167MB/s is the fastest speed for the older 4TB as you can see.

Oh yeah it comes un-formatted so expect to wait a while to do a full format to make sure there were no bad sectors from the start took around 10 hours!
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Style Name: HDDSize: 1TB
I purchased 15 of these drives in both the OEM and boxed retail version when they first came out and they were not cheap at that time. All 15 failed within the first year due to the now well-known firmware problem that Seagate had released in the drives. It seems that after they were power cycled about 100 times they just died.

Seagate has a good warranty program and they would exchange them for free. That still doesn't pay for all of your time, labor, troubleshooting, lost data, and shipping cost to return them to have them replaced. Sadly when you would return a drive that may be only a few months old they would return a refurbished drive with new firmware. You have no idea how many hours this drive was used or how much life is left in it. Out of 15 returned drives 8 have failed a second time and some even a third from bad sectors on the disk surface. More time, labor, troubleshooting, and costs down the drain again.

I even got returned units that were refurbished and they failed right out of the box. The last returns I sent back for the third time I told them I did not want any more refurbished drives sent to me and they agreed.

Seagate has been supportive to me but what a lot of work. For a computer GEEK I cannot think of a worse problem than continuous failures and loss of data from a top reputation company like Seagate. They have forced me to become an expert at testing drives before they are installed and before I return them. The testing software "SeaTools" and I have become old friends.

I still buy Seagate drives and the newer models work fine. I still test them all before installation.
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Style Name: HDDSize: 1TB Verified Purchase
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.

If you purchase this drive, you must go to the [..] site and use the drive detect software they offer there to see what version of firmware is on your drive. If there is an updated version of firmware then you need to flash update your drive.

If you are uncomfortable doing this, then i would suggest buying another vendor's drive.

The master seagate forum thread discussing these problems is here: [..] (well over a thousand messages).

You can also do a search for "ST3100034AS problems" on google.
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Style Name: HDDSize: 500GB
I have two of these drives, one for video editing, one for a server. I've been completely satisfied with them; they were easy to install and their performance has been excellent. The SATA cables are a huge improvement over the old ATA ribbon cables, both for ease of installation and for improved airflow inside the computers. Windows recognizes SATA drives without a problem.

The disk comes with a CD that includes installation software (not needed, for me at least) and Seagate's BounceBack Express backup software.
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Style Name: HDDSize: 500GB
Head crash at nine months. Hard drive had four fans to keep it cool, so was operating just above room temperature. Zero shocks to the drive (unless they occurred in shipping before I got it, of course). I wonder if these are designed based on Maxtor mechanisms (some of which were prone to heads breaking off due to a design flaw). Either way, my trust in Seagate drives just went way down....

It sounded like low frequency hum and high frequency whine as the head etched a groove in the media. By the time the dd to clone the drive to a spare was finished, the drive was completely unreadable (including the parts that I'd already read).

Edited 9/25/2011: I just lost the drive that Seagate sent to replace that one, also to a (mechanical) head crash. I wish I knew when I wrote this review so I could say how long it lasted, but at this point, I can safely conclude that this drive series is *seriously* mechanically flawed. Seagate, recall this piece of junk.
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