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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Drive, Great Performance, But......Watch out......, March 26, 2011
This review is from: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DL003 (CD-ROM)
In my server, I have 6 2TB drives installed, in 3 sets of RAID 1 configuration. I wanted to replace 2 of the old drives with these ones.
I purchased and installed and immediately noticed that on Power ON, it would take few seconds for my Server to reach POST screen, which is surprising. I have 850W power supply, and 2 video cards, but still have plenty of spare power capacity left.
So I disconnected these 2 new drives, and guess what, system immediately comes to POST on power up.
I did some research and found that this model drives draws more power on start up. Once started, they behave nicely, just the initial power ON current draw is higher than other drives. Long story short, I swapped the drives from my NAS enclosure to my server and installed these 2 drives in my NAS.

PROS:
1) whopping 64MB cache....!!!!
2) Fast SATA 6Gb/s interface
3) Sustained high data transfer rate, (recreating RAID was much faster on these drives)
4) Light weight since it has only 3 platters
5) Runs cool, even with sustained data in/out operation
6) Quiet, even when transferring, reading/writing data
7) Cheap

CONS:
1) Higher start-up current draw
2) 4K sector size, which may or may not be a problem for you, depending on your application, OS etc.
3) Only 3 year warranty
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Initial post: Mar 29, 2011 12:31:35 PM PDT
Master Shake says:
Not a bad review. Just a comment on your cons, specifically the 3 yr warrenty. A year is standard on hdd's, and 180 days is common. 3yrs is superb. I mean, from a technology point of view, itll still be under warranty when it is obsolete. Not that being under warranty means much when your hdd fails and you lose all the data.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2011 1:59:52 PM PDT
Thanks for your observation. You are correct about technology changing so fast. it's just that i am using quite a few drives with 5 years warranty. Truth be told, I never had a hard drive failure in my server or desktops (laptops are another story).

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2011 9:16:15 PM PDT
Phil Davis says:
What type of server did you put these in? Any problems since?

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 4:54:57 PM PDT
You included this in your "cons":
"4K sector size, which may or may not be a problem for you, depending on your application, OS etc".

I'm buying high capacity drives to put in my HP mediasmart server, running the old version of windows home server. Folks using the WD brand of 4k sector size drives on their WHS systems had problems with alignment unless they jumpered and realigned the disks prior to mounting them. This Barracuda says it comes with "smartalign technology" (whatever that is), which is supposed to eliminate the troubles of old operating systems writting to and reading from these disks. I had difficulty finding reviews on this feature and I'm worried that my data will be compromised.

Do you have any thoughts about this feature?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2011 2:40:42 AM PDT
S. Brockway says:
http://www.seagate.com/docs/pdf/whitepaper/mb6101_smartalign_technology_faq.pdf

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 2:31:39 PM PST
Ruffie says:
I don't think this is about power issue. It is the hard drives detection that causes your server to take longer to post.

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 12:28:50 PM PST
HDMI says:
Recommend this HDD storage box for worry free transport and storage:

One ViewHD Professional Premium Hard Drive Protection Box for 3.5 Inch HDD Storage

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2012 11:18:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 3, 2012 11:22:45 AM PDT
Jay says:
@ Master Shake

Most Seagate drives have always been 5 years(most common at the time of your post), now it's down to around 3 since the Thailand flood, and most reputable companies average around 3.
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