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So i've got the new 1 TB drive by seagate barracuda (ST31000340AS) and a friend of mine told me that they're bad drives , and they usually die after a year or two.. I'm wondering if this is true? I've had this maxtor 320gb drive for about 5 years or more and it's still working great. Can I trust the seagate to do the same job?
Also forgot to mention , from time to time i hear weird noise coming from the drive , it's just for half a second , but then after , i'd say 4-5 min it goes back .. what's that all about?
Edited by Bobi - 7/27/11 at 10:26am
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post #2 of 8
It's hit or miss. Most of us here don't really trust Seagate. It'd be smart to store second copies of your most important stuff on another drive, so that if one or the other dies, you don't lose anything.
     
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post #3 of 8
I used my Barracuda for three years before I upgraded. Worked just fine for me.
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post #4 of 8
I wouldn't say they're bad drives, just not nearly as reliable as Samsung. The only barracuda I owned died on me, but again, experiences vary.

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Seagate is a hit and miss indeed.
My Momentus 5400.6 shows nothing wrong with its SMART data but freezes up at times and takes forever to regain responsiveness.
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i have had 2 barracuadas fail but the 3 i have now work fine.... so i dunno i guess its random.
    
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Bobi ... I posted this on your OTHER thread {http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...56-health.html} about the same issue, maybe you'll see it here

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What part of it's a 7200.11 are some of you, especially the OP missing ?

Google it if you don't want to take my word for it ... http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&h...w=1173&bih=582

Best source of info on the 7200.11 issues = http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/1288...e-720011-hdds/

YES it's going to DIE soon, it's a DEFECT that was built into the Seagate 7200.11's firmware, at a certain number of boot ups it eventually will either shrink into a ZERO GB drive
{0 LBA error, happens when your BIOS can recognize your HDD at POST moment, but as an 0MB drive} or NOT be at all recognized by your system/BIOS and be in a constant state of "busy" {BSY error, happens when your HDD enter on a halt state, or BuSY state. In this condition, your HDD will not be recognized by BIOS at POST moment} ... or some drives experienced BOTH.

YES you CAN fix it ... I did ... but seriously, if you don't have IMPORTANT data on the drive that you just can't lose, then consider yourself lucky you found out about it BEFORE you did, it's just not worth fixing it unless you need to, especially when you consider a NEW drive is about $50 to $100 and can be FASTER, MORE STABLE, and well is honestly NEW, not just 'new' because it was barely ever used.

IF your Dad bought a "retail" version of the HDD then MAYBE Seagate will still RMA it ... IF it's an OEM version drive ... well, YOU'RE BONED ! toss it and buy a new one.
   
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post #8 of 8
My one 7200.12's and several 7200.10's are still running well, but eh.

WD Blue's been such a better buy these days than a Barracuda.

Oh wait.

7200.11

Right. That's a drive you wouldn't want to have. Yes.
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