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Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DL003

3.8 out of 5 stars 220 customer reviews
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  • A unique 5900-RPM speed delivers faster performance than 5400-RPM drives
  • Seagate SmartAlign technology provides the benefits of the new Advanced Format 4K sector standard without the hassles - not utilities, no extra steps
  • Plenty of capacity for storage-hungry applications
  • The SATA 6Gb/s interface and 64MB cache maximize performance, especially in cache-intensive applications
  • Best-Fit Applications include: High-capacity desktop storage, Direct Attached Storage devices - USB/Firewire/eSata, Network Attached Storage devices and Windows storage servers, PCs
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Product Description

  • Mfr Part Number: ST2000DL003
  • Capacity: 2 TB
  • Rotational Speed: 5900 rpm
  • Cache: 64 MB
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s NCQ
  • Average latency: 4.16ms
  • Seek Time:
    • Read: 12ms
    • Write: 13ms
  • Shock:
    • Operating: 80G @ 2ms
    • Non-operating: 300G @ 2ms
  • Power:
    • Startup Current +12V Peak: 2.0A ±10%
    • Operating, Typical: 5.8 W
    • Idle: 4.5 W
    • Standby: 0.5 W
    • Sleep: 0.5 W
  • Dimensions (WxLxH): 4.0 x 5.78 x 1.028 inch / 101.6 x 147.0 x 26.1 mm
  • Weight: 1.39 lbs / 635.0 g
  • Support NCQ (Native Command Queuing) Technology

Product Information

Product Dimensions 13 x 6 x 4 inches
Item Weight 1.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.3 pounds
Manufacturer Seagate
Item model number ST2000DL003
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3.8 out of 5 stars 220 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #719 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Hard Drives
Date first available at November 15, 2010

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By Mark James on September 18, 2011
I have bought/sold Seagate drives for 25 years. I have recommended Seagate for most of those years. I am in the storage business and have a lot of direct experience with drives.

The problem I am discovering is a greatly reduced reliability in Seagate 1.5 and 2TB disks. I currently have about a dozen 2TB Seagates in active use. 7 of them are beginning to fail, in under 4,000 hours of use. These are disks which were burned in by certifying them for about 3 days with an intensive read/write pattern, to eliminate early failure disks. In the general disk population, I have also seen a high failure rate. This is unacceptable.

Google performed a study using over 100,000 disks a few years back. Google found statistical differences in failure rates between manufacturers, that they did not publish. They also noted that "enterprise" drives did not result in longer lifespans. They found NO correlation between heavy duty or light duty use in failure. What Google did report was that a handful of SMART parameters could be used to predict drives that would soon fail. Among these are reallocated sectors. Once a drive begins reallocating, they generally fail within 6 months or less. There are SMART utilities which are starting to implement this knowledge and alerting users to predicted failures.

For a long time, Seagate was the premium brand of hard drives, along with Hitachi. They may still be. However, this failure rate on the 1.5 and 2TB drives, in addition to the major firmware flaw on the 1.5TB drives (Many customers lost data on the 1.5TB drives, where drives suddenly failed from a firmware flaw), makes me very cautious on Seagate now.

I am recommending Hitachi for now, they will cost a little more, but until more data is in, be alert if Seagates are installed and perhaps avoid them in servers and mission critical installations. I have no data yet on the 3TB drives.
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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.

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

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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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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I purchased 5 of these along with Synology DS1511+ NAS from Amazon back in April, 2011 for my home. I can't say about how they perform as internal drives for a desktop or in an USB/eSATA external enclosure, but I can definitely state that they work great as NAS drives. I have these configured as RAID6, which means you can lose up to 2 disks and still have your volume intact (but at point you won't have fault tolerance). The NAS I got itself is a high-efficient unit, and combined with these green drives it definitely consumes less power than the two servers that I replaced...and I have 5.44TB of fault tolerant storage accessible from my 10 PCs/Macs.

I saw other reviewers commenting about them not being "high-performance" drives. That is correct, this drive was never intended to be used as your primary drive for your system. If you're looking for a high-performance drives, you should definitely look for 7,200/10,000rpm drives with 16/32MB cache.

However, when used in a RAID configuration, these drives will deliver high-performance with overall reduced power consumption. In my NAS I was able to sustain around 160MB/S throughput writing to NAS over gigabit network (and even faster reading from it). There's nothing low-performance about these drives when used in a proper setting. The drive is also quiet. Standing next to my NAS, I can't hear any drive noise even with 5 drives side-by-side.

Bottom line, don't purchase drives purely based on price and capacity. You don't buy Prius for high-performance, why expect high-performance from a "Green" drive? Identify what you're going to do with it, then look for qualifying drives for best result. I would have never purchased this to be used in my desktop (for performance) and neither should you.
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