Excerpt: Time was Seagate was the standard of reliability. Their drives even had a 5 year warranty. They've now got back the warranty because the new drives are junk. I bought this model drive (the 7200.12 version) three months ago and it's already failing. By contrast, my older 7200.10s are still running strong. The bigger, newer drives have an even more questionable rep.
A great hard drive for the money, and performs very nicely in most areas
12 March 2012
Excerpt: The Seagate Barracuda 500GB is a 7200RPM hard drive with five hundred theoretical gigabytes of storage space - the drive also has 16MB of cache. The disk uses SATA, has S.M.A.R.T sensors and is 3.5" in size. ==Performance== The disk is amongst the faster hard drives, with the capability to go up to 7200RPM - pretty much the fastest hard drive speed for consumer hard drives. You can go higher, but it's uncommon.