Reviews and Problems with Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
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Works great until it dies
Bryan Jonsson, Amazon
3 January 2014
Summary: I got this drive about 3 years ago and use it frequently. I'm not getting an error message on startup warning me that the drive is about to die, and I can confirm that something is indeed wrong with it since it frequently hangs when trying to access data. The aggressive power management features shorten its lifetime considerably, so don't expect this drive to last you longer than about 3 years.
Summary: not the fastest or largest drive by todays standards but more then sufficiant for the tasks. purchased this drive for my daughters PC. Nothing special just a simple drive to get things running. can't complain about seagate... only had 1 drive fail out of 8 drives I have purchased.
Summary: The Barracuda 7200.12 500GB is a decent sized HDD that comes in at a great price point. Performance is fairly standard, for a HDD. For a new rig, I'd recommend this drive for mass storage but not as a boot device.