Reviews and Problems with Seagate Barracuda 7200.11
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Stay away from Seagate, in general, if you do not backup your data and this drive especially (very high failure rate)
George Williams "Computer Expert", Amazon
13 November 2014
Summary: All I can say about this is get a WD or Hitachi as a backup. Over the last four years I have gone through about five of these. Each one failed in the same way within 2 to 13 months: magnetic storage failure. Starts out fine with no bad sectors, but progressively becomes worse. The worst example was one that failed in two months. Started out brand new with no bad sectors or any issues in SMART. Within a week it had developed five weak sectors.
Summary: Purchased a big lot of these with friends last year. Of the drives, we had an average of 20% failure rate. If you do use them, make sure you monitor them carefully for the "click of death". it's a known hardware issue. Thank god for backup. I only lost about 200GB of data but was able to recover almost everything, things that I didnt backup between the time of copy and last backup.
Summary: Not very happy with this drive, after normal to light use, it has failed - right after the Warranty expired. Surprise! I certainally wouldn't recommend this drive, considering I lost Everything on it, with no warrning...
Summary: I purchased a replacement drive to keep my business up while I wait for a warranty replacement for the fourth drive that is about a year old that has failed in several different cases this year. Seagate used to be very reliable, but even their 5 year warranty does not help when you lose a TB of data.
Summary: Looks like I got longer service than most other reviewers. I bought a 500 GB ST3500320AS as an identical second drive in a RAID (this one to match the stock drive that the RAID came with). It worked fine for two years of light duty (it was constantly powered on, but not a lot of read/write activity) and then it went toes up in the middle of a file transfer. SMART Status = PASS but running a SMART Test produced failure to read test element.
Summary: Today my computer suddenly stopped working. I'm using this Seagate 1TB drive as a secondary HDD (primary drive is much smaller) and I use it to store my music, movies, etc. Thank goodness I also back up everything to a THIRD external drive, because as it turns out the only way to get my computer to start working again was to unplug this internal Seagate drive. I checked and ironically I ordered this drive a year ago to the day. So yeah..
Summary: I bought two of these HDDs a little less than a year ago due to its good reviews here and installed them on my Windows Home Server. However, after 10 months, one of them just bricked. I couldn't even mount it on a different computer. The BIOS wouldn't even recognize the drive. Luckily WHS did a great job replicating my data to the other HDD. After doing some research, I found out that these models have a firmware issue where the drive simply bricks itself.
Beware of the bundled Acronis/Seagate DiscWizard application
James J. Wong "More or less", Amazon
2 March 2009
Summary: Generally I am very happy with the drive, so much so that this is the second one that I have purchased. I do have a gripe, and it is a serious one. It doesn't concern the drive but rather the Acronis/Seagate DiscWizard software that comes bundled with the drive. One of the functions of this application is to create an image backup of the drive in the event your data becomes corrupted.
Summary: If you haven't read about this drive's issues elsewhere, let me enlighten you. It seems that on some drives manufactured last year, the firmware has a big bug: it will lock up on boot-up and not be seen by the computer. Your data isn't gone, but you won't be able to access it. There is supposed to be a somewhat simple fix for this- if you're kinda techie skilled (I haven't tried yet for my bricked drive)..