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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, fast, very quiet, February 12, 2011
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This review is from: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DL003 (CD-ROM)
I purchased four of these to replace four 500gb SATA 2 drives by the same manufacturer in a Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ machine. While I cannot attest to the new SATA 3 (6 gb/sec) speeds (the ReadyNAS is SATA 2), the new firmware from Netgear required me to do a factory reset on the device, and upon boot it recognized the new 4k format being used by this drive. After the drives were striped and the volume redundant, I was able to copy about a terabyte of data off my local machine in about 12 hours (with breaks in between).

The new drives run cooler than the old 500's, are amazingly quiet, and fast-- so far I'm quite impressed with their performance (especially with the 64mb cache). While I haven't seen their long-term viability yet, I'm pleasantly surprised by how well they work.

Bjorn3d has a good review of the drive here:

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Initial post: Mar 24, 2011 9:43:52 AM PDT
Chumaka74 says:
Is the drive quiet or noisy?

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 11:27:54 AM PDT
Terry B. says:
What is the operating system you are using? I have Windows XP and thinking about getting this drive. I heard there is problem with Windows XP with Advanced Format hard drive (4k sector) so I would like to check with others first.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2011 11:00:49 PM PDT
Joe Rhodes says:
The drives are installed on a NAS, not a consumer computer. While I'm not personally familiar with the model, the operating system is likely to be a Linux version.

Most of the advanced format drives can be reformatted to a standard format for old systems. I would personally use an older (and smaller) drive or upgrade to windows 7.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2011 1:47:04 AM PDT
AP says:
Very quiet. Great drive.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2011 1:48:25 AM PDT
AP says:
Joe is correct below. The NAS is from Netgear (ReadyNAS NV+), and as such it has it's own format and OS running under the hood that's completely invisible to the end user. I can't comment whether there will be a problem with Windows XP for you.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2011 7:14:10 AM PDT
With XP, Vista and 7, you should not have any problem using this drive.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 2:41:28 PM PDT
Terry B. says:
Thanks guys for all the responses!

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2011 10:04:00 PM PDT
James says:
You will not have a problem as this drive can auto switch between modes.
I am using this on the Windows Home server which is xp based server and it works.

Posted on May 28, 2011 10:32:04 AM PDT
Kent Nelson says:
AP - I'm looking to do the same thing in a readynas NV+. Any issues replacing the older drives at all? Did you need to do a factory reset after inserting each drive or just the first? Any issues copying over your older NAS data? What RAID mode are you using?

Thanks for the review and any others comments.

Kent

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2011 5:09:00 PM PDT
AP says:
I upgraded from just shy of a terabyte to about 6 terabytes, so it was a big jump here. I basically copied everything over to my main machine, then did a factory reset on the system after upgrading the bios. Then I put in the new drive, waited about 6 hours or so for it to format all of them with Raid-X, and it was good to go. Very easy. The hardest part was the time spent in copying things off the drive, doing the switch for those six hours, and then waiting while it copied everything back over.

And again, I did the factory reset before swapping in the new drives.
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