Why is 500GB Seagate cheaper than the 400GB?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by plunar, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. plunar macrumors 6502

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    Who knows.

    I hope it was a rhetorical question!

    Both are too expensive in my opinion anyway :) .
     
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    Yeah that doesn't make much sense, but sometimes you just need to take advantage of a good deal when you see it!
     
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    If it were me, though, I'd buy an internal drive (like from here) and an external enclosure (like from here) and save some money.

    Friggin' Amazon cookies. Tried a new browser:

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    Exactly why I think the prices listed are too expensive..

    I have a $15 USB enclosure, and a $170 Seagate drive from a local PC parts shop.
     
  9. plunar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Looks like the 500GB model is for whatever reason "obsolete" - it doesn't show up on seagate's webpage of model listings.

    perhaps it was replaced by the 750GB?
     
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    faster rpms, some hd have like built in proprietary technology, could be the reason
     
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    AFIK, Seagate only makes Barracuda, and SV35 series drives at 7200 RPM, and only in SATA, or IDE configuration in those sizes. Size for size, I also believe that the transfer speed, and seek time is identical between the 400 and 500gb drives.

    It is quite possible that the 400gb version is actually a SATA drive, but I would doubt it
     
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    It is listed on this page...curiously, it's the first model listed with a capacity of "N/A". Clicking on the model number takes you to its product page.

    For whatever reason, Amazon's got it on what looks to be a closeout-like deal.

    But yes, I'd probably opt for popping a Seagate Barracuda into a separate enclosure in order to get the benefit of the full Barracuda warranty.
     
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    well i got an email from amazon today saying that they regret they are unable to fulfill the order and refunded my card. and now the price on amazon is $279 - $60 higher than what I originally ordered it for.
     
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