Reviews and Problems with Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 6Gb/S (ST31000524AS)
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29 July 2012
Summary: The Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB beats the Seagate Barracuda ST3750330AS 750GB in nearly all of our testing, (posting a slightly higher access time being the only exception). The Seagate ST31000524AS is a 7200.12 model so should be free of the firmware bug that plagued certain models of the earlier 7200.11 line. In addition the Seagate ST31000524AS 1TB is a new drive and has a longer warranty than the refurbished Seagate ST3750330AS 750GB earlier reviewed.
Pros: Good performance, Quiet operation, Three year warranty, Cheap price
Cons: Higher access times than some previous models, Slower than a SSD (But larger and much cheaper)
Excerpt: The Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS ($99.99 list) is a 3.5-inch, 7,200rpm 1TB hard drive. In addition to running over the 6Gbps SATA III interface, the drive has 32MB of cache for improved data access. Seagate claims that the OptiCache technology the drive uses has improved performance by 45 percent above previous models, and that AcuTrac facilitates better read-write performance even in high-touch operating environments.