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This drive has same characteristics of Seagate Barracuda LP 2 TB 5900RPM SATA 3 GB/s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive ST32000542AS-Bare Drive which was prone to click of death, This drive however did not exhibit that issue till now, it comes with CC34 firmware and has warranty till AUG of 2015. Seagate did not have any new firmware update for the drive as of date, not that this drive needs any firmware updates but I always check it to make sure I have the latest firmware for the drive.
The drive is a retail kit, which means you will get a SATA cable, SATA power cable and screws plus a CD and documentation.
[+] Large 2TB capacity for the price[+] 32MB of Cache[+] Good Read/Write Speeds even at 5900RPM spindle speeds[+] Low power consumption and thus runs cooler than other drives in my system[+] Comes with 5 Year warranty from Seagate
[-] It can make loud seek sound and not recommended for silent Media center PCs
Other than the annoying loud seek sound when enclosed in the Media Center PC I have the drive works just fine, finally I decided to put this in an external SATA enclosure which changed the acoustics to suit my needs.
Time only will tell if this drive will survive a regular use, but with 5 year warranty you cannot go wrong!
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I am very happy with this hard drive. Seagate Disc Wizard worked great duping my old hard drive after I created a boot disc to run it from. The retail kit is worth the extra money for the 5 year warranty, plus it was shipped in the well padded retail box from Seagate inside the shipping box. Others have complained about the noise level of the drive, but I find it barely noticable.
I had some reservations initially when purchasing this drive due to the large number of bad reviews out there. Upon receiving mine I stress tested it using Seagate’s own SeaTools and used it on a desktop system for a couple weeks before deploying it in our home server, and so far it has been running great.
Definitely a cool and quiet running drive, offering fairly good performance at a good price.
I can imagine why people would be antsy about Seagate about the 7200.11 and 1.5TB Barracuda LP fiasco, but for the moment mine does seem to be going fine. Maybe I got lucky, or maybe a few months down the road my unit will run into issues, but amongst all of the drive manufacturers, I do fine Seagate’s RMA process to be the most painless to deal with as well.