Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB

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darryl99

I record audio using Avid's Protools HD systems and have been using the Seagate 1TB for a while. Recently the newest Seagate 1TB drives seem to perform as if they are spinning at 5400 rpm. As the drive approaches half capacity performance goes down the tubes. The old drives still work great. I'm not the only one to notice this as I've heard similar experiences on tech forums. Seagate released a new firmware update to address these problems but it makes little difference. I have since moved to the WD Caviar Blue with no problems. I think MPC should retest this drive and possible update the "Best of the Best" list.

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curlybrian

Looking to pick one of these up.  Thank you MaximumPC!!

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hemicharg3r

Why is it that Max PC does not consider reputation and track record before slapping a Kick Ass on stuff? Perhaps you should think about polling your readers and slapping THAT general consensus result in graphic form next to your KA rating to see what the real world "test results" are. Just because it ran your tests the best doesn't mean lipstick's not being applied to a pig. I've been doing a lot of research on HD's for a new system build and Seagate's questionable QA and lack of reliability come up twice (or more) as much as any other company. This really surprised me since I was looking to them first based on what their reputation was (Read: RCA, Hoover, et al) from many years past. Very disappointing. I will be sticking with the only stalwart left, IMO, Western Digital.

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nekollx

 segate .11 was fail. And MPC even caleld them on it...

.12 not so much

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hemicharg3r

You read the post and assumed I was talking about one particular drive with bad firmware. I was not. I was refererring to their track record going back over the last few years. One model that bricks at an unacceptable rate sucks but doesn't mean their whole line blows. This is different. Read around and you'll see, Seagate is progressing rapidly at destroying their rep with complaints of brickage all over the place (Read thru the reviews for 5 or so Seagate drives at any reputable seller and compare to WD and yes, including .12. When the common theme is "Con: It's a Seagate" then their rep is getting flushed. We all remember the Deathstar and the rep it created for IBM.) and your QA is not there and your product is failing people, what happens? Why, they look for an alternative at an exponentially increasing rate: Enter SSD! Far from cheap and practical, but prices are already dropping. Perhaps if Seagate wants to protect their rep and their market share, they should take a look at their QA and what their (now former) customers are saying all over the net: Buy WD, Buy SSD, Buy anything else.

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erolsipar

Velociraptors should be way cheaper. 1TB vs 300GB. $99 vs $229. 100.4mb/99.3mb vs 108.4mb/100mb

Random access may be higher than Velociraptor but a TB matters. On average same speed. 8-9 mb won't be slow.

 

 

 

 

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rlynker

Couldn't you guys post a comparison between the Barracuda 7200.12 and the Velociraptor.  I can look at the Velociraptor review from June 2008 as erolsipar did, but the applications used to test each are different (don't know HOW different, but still) plus the PC used to run each test is different.  It would be nice to get a more apples to apples comparison to decide if it's really worth the HUGE price/storage difference.  Thanks.

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nekollx

 yeah their closing the perfomrance gape betwen 7,200 rpm and 10k rpm. WD need to make a new, i dunno, untraraptor to justify the price point.

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Thresher

I've had both a 1.5TB and a 500GB Seagate faile due to their firmware issues.  I'm not willing to try this thing until it's been out for a while and has some sort of track record.

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Gigabyte

My .11 series drives haven't failed, but I read a lot of horror stories. You can't blame anyone for not trusting Seagate right now. It took them a long time to release firmware updates for the .11 series, and no real warning to my knowledge. You can still purchase bad drives. Who knows what Seagate is up to now, besides avoiding recalls & bad press.  Some people are already reporting bad experiences with the .12 series. I'm keeping an eye out for firmware updates.

Importants links:

Firmware Updates for Seagate Products [207931]

ALL FIRMWARE UPDATES - see here

 

 

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GFC

Using this hard drive this second, very good hard drive, it's a lot quieter than my old one and wayy faster.