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Seagate Barracuda XT 4TB ST4000DM000


Pros: Low Power 5900 RPM drive

Cons: Is also sold as OEM drive without warrenty

I purchased two of these drives (S/N Z3003JML & Z3000VAX). In June of 2013. The first drive failed on 3/4/2014 and the second drive failed 3/18/2014. Both of them may have had the motor drive electronics card go bad as neither drive now spins-up. I contacted Seagate with intent of returning them for warranty replacement and found that these were sold as an OEM drive and Segate will not honor the warranty.I was told to contact the OEM for replacement. Naturally ,this shop went out of business therefore I am stuck with failed drives that each lasted about 10 months each. My drive array was protected using Snap Raid , therefore the content of each drive was successfully rebuilt (good thing they did not fail on the same day) Fortunately for me the Snap raid Parity drives are Hitachi drives. I replaced the Failed Segate Drives with Western Digital Reds so I'll see how well they perform. I decline to purchase any more Seagate Products since Seagate did not honor the warranty on these drives and 10 months service is way to shot in my opinion.

Thank you .



Pros: Speedy, 4TB capacity, low power consumption, low temperature, low noise, lower price.

Cons: Low spin speed @ 5900RPM, short 2 year warrranty.

I have done some research (went through a couple product reviews online) before buying this drive, seeing that this drive's performance is close to WD Black 4TB's.


Temperature: As reported by HD Sentenial, this 4TB drive is idling at 25C, and my old Seagate 1.5TB is idling at 30C. Ambient temp: 22C.


Speed: Data gets transferred at comfortable speed (and if it were made to spin @ 7200RPM, it will definitely beat all of WD Black's scores) and certainly faster than my old HDDs. I am sure I can use it as a boot up drive, but of course, my Intel 520 240GB SSD will always be the faster one.


Warranty: I wish the warranty were at least 3 years if not 5 years, rather than a mere 2 years (which made me feel that Seagate is not confident with this product).


Price: Acquired it at $170 CAD in July 2013, it was below average price. Reasonable. I would get a few more if the price goes below $150. According to the supposed price trend, in the absence of flooding in Thailand, nowadays 4TB drives should cost no more than $120.


Past Experience: Any hard drives with a 1 year warranty is a complete disappointment. The life of this 4TB, my guess is around 3-4 years, and if I don't stress it too much, it may last longer.


Conclusion: I am satisfied with this purchase. I am mainly using it as my backup storage.


P.S.: Not sure if there is a way to correct the name of this product...


This 4TB HDD is actually called "Seagate Desktop HDD.15 ST4000DM000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive" instead.


Pros: Low Temperatures,Cheap,

Cons: 5900Rpm,could be bit faster

I purchased this drive 7 August 2013(4TB HDD's were still biggest drives IIRC) in Poland for 660PLN (at the time it was 3.17PLN/USD 4.21PLN/EUR which makes 208USD or ~156.75EUR).At the time of the purchase cheapest 4TB WD drives were going for around 1100PLN so I just choose seagate.

At the time of this review (04/09/16 DD/MM/YY) the drive still works without any problem even after 3 years of usage(windows set to never spin down the drives).According to SMART table the drive was working for 7659 hours which makes bit more than 319 days.
Drive is rather quiet and barely goes over 30°C (Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Edition but front intake same as normal 932).

As for performance it is as seen on this benchmark:

(5820K@4.6Ghz, Asrock X99 Extreme 4)

The real size of this drive is 3.63TB which makes around 3717.12GB.
After 3 years I only filled 2.2TB (I'm not a person who really cares about conserving space).

If you want some cheap HDD to expand and have tight budget then it should fit your needs.
Currently WD drives are only bit more expensive so if you don't trust seagate then I would say pay bit more for WD.

At the time of the purchase I could nearly get two of these drives for the price of single WD drive(RAID 1 would be more fail-proof than single drive).


Pros: Quiet, low power

Cons: Not fastest out there, poor warranty, not reliable

Seagate Barracuda for many many years was always a goto drive for me. But, over the past 3 years, I have purchased scores of drives, Seagate, WD, Hitachi, even Toshiba. I have now changed my mind about Seagate. They fail more often than all the others combine practically, and Seagate does what ever they can to get out of the warranty. Way down hill from what they were 20 years ago much less 5.

WD Reds are my goto drive today.
Seagate Barracuda XT 4TB ST4000DM000

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