Reviews and Problems with Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 6Gb/s (ST3500413AS)
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7 June 2014
Summary: This is the 2nd harddrive I have bought from this model for a 2nd system in the house. It has been true to me for the last 5 years so far with 100% reliability. Currently it is used as storage, secondary to my main SSD now. For the price, you can't beat it.
Summary: ive been thru so many HD's. and watched them all die, and take data down with them. . .ive never had any HD of the Seagate Barracuda series fail on me ever. ive been using them since the turn of the century.
Summary: I used to use Seagate drives exclusively for their reliability and longevity. This drive was DOA and 2 more identical drives failed right after this one was sent back. I have now switched to WD & Hitachi for my drives.
Summary: A one year life span is all I got out of mine. It did have a two year warranty and Seagate's website is helpful in diagnosing problems and getting RMA started. The SMART feature on my motherboard picked up the failure before the harddrive totally crapped out so I was able to backup. For $10 Seagate sends out another hardrive 2 day air and provides return postage for the old drive to send back. Not a bad deal.