Summary: For those that are not aware of ongoing, long-time dragging "chirping" issue of Shee..gate disc. I'm one of those victims myself and only realised once I got them. LOL 2 devices. Both singing well. But that wasn't the purpose of having 2x3TB storage :(. FYI: The chirping sound is caused by disc heads being parked on random.
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: this product claims to come with downloadable software to be used on older versions of windows but dosent explain in the add that even with that it will not show all 3 Tb in a RAID configured board.
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...