Summary: Over the last twelve months I bought 10+ of these drives. Most recently was last November. Now, they are all starting to fail. So far I've had five fail. Beware, as there's a reason why these drives are warranted for only a year! If there was one piece of advice I'd give is to make sure to get the ones made in Thailand. Anecdotally, so far, only the ones made in China have failed me.
Summary: NCIX advertises this product as Part #: ST3000DM001. This is FASLE and completely incorrect. The MODEL NUMBER is ST3000DM001. The part number that they ship to you is an OEM DRIVE Part# 1CH166. This is where it is confusing when not familiar with seagate products. Model Number ST3000DM001 has two distinct and different part numbers: PYN166, which is AWESOME and firmware upgradeable, and 1CH166, which is slow (compared to PYN166) and is NOT firmware upgradeable.
Pros: 3TB; does its job
Cons: P/N 1CH166; Firmware not upgradable because it is AN OEM DRIVE; slow compared to P/N PYN166 in the same model number of hard drive.
Summary: I bought this internal 3.5" drive from a best buy on May 5, 2012. I paid $179 plus tax. That's a lot of money! I installed this drive in a Server 2003 machine which is in my home. This is not a business. Installation was a bear! For the first few hrs, no matter what I did, the OS would not recognize the full size of the drive! I used the discwizard and everything on the utilities disk, and it would not work.
Good unit, but no info on many issues with install
9 March 2013
Summary: Seems like a good unit, but no info on many issues with install. I assumed i had a sata connections so no problem. Not true. On my less than 2 year old Dell I cannot use all 3TB without spending a lot of time reading and modifying. Partially has to do with what chipset your motherboard has. At first it showed as a 746 Gb drive, 8 hours later found all 3 Tb but not bootable drive and now have C, F,G and H drives to be able to use full capacity.
Summary: On the drive that is working, I am putting it through its paces right now and I am getting ~220MB/s sequential read on the edge, and ~120MB/s on the inside of the platter. I do video editing on the side, and this should bring a nice performance boost to the system once I get the other drive working properly, and all of the files transferred over. My old drives had a max of 120MB/s, average of 80MB/s, and a terrible inner track speed of 40MB/s.
Pros: Fast, Big, Cold, and very Quiet. Everything you can ask for in a HDD., Much quieter and cooler than my 5 year old 1TB drives. In my system I use all low RPM fans, so the old HDDs were the only substantial noise coming from the system. Now I will be going from 3 old and relatively noisy HDDs, down to 2 very quiet ones. Mind you they are not silent, but they are at least below the noise threshold of the 9 800rpm fans I have. We are talking about total system noise ~15-2...
Cons: Ordered 2 for a RAID1 in my system, one works great, the other is DOA. The dead one has the 'click of death' which is an issue on the controller board. You would think that something like this could be caught at the factory before it even shipped to a warehouse, but I digress; It is a QC problem across all brands for their lower end consumer drives, and so no matter who you go with there is a ~20% chance you will get a dud. At least with Seagate when you get a good on...
Summary: I am a techie and my entire family is made up of techies and one of my sons actually owns a technology company that specializes installing these sort of hard drives so you know I had good service. I have Win 7 64-bit. I purchased 2 units, both 3TB. One was recognized but said it was 750 GB rather than 3TB. We were able to fix that and that one is working fine showing the expected size.