A Brief Review: The Seagate 160GB SATA HD for the Power Mac

alexf

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In reference to the thread that I started a week or so ago regarding which hard drive to buy for the 2nd slot of my Rev. B Power Mac G5 (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=106432&page=1&pp=25), I thought that I should follow up and let everyknow how the new hard drive turned out (I think it's useful information for many).

I ordered the Seagate 160GB hard drive from OWC it came a few days later. I installed it right away into my G5 2.0 Rev. B, a process which was extremely simple, as those who have done this know. The most confusing part was when, upon start-up, I was asked to initialize the new hard drive, upon which Disk Utility opened and I was very confused because there was no "initialize" option, as there had been in previous Mac OS incarnations. Instead I decided to choose "erase," which I assumed was the same thing (but still am not sure).

I have had no problems with the Seagate, other than the fact that it is a bit noisier than I expected (but I am a bit obsessive about noise, especially since the G5 is so quiet). I can clearly tell when it is spinning because of a very high pitched - yet not very audible - whine, which I never noticed from the factory-installed hard drive (which is incidentally a Maxtor 160GB). However, because the "sleep hard disk" option is enabled in the preferences, the disk spins down after about 8 min. of inactivity and is then essentially non-existent.

Another (minor) issue is the fact that - although it is a "160GB" HD, there is only 149GB of space available. The factory-installed "160GB" Maxtor has 152.5GB available. (Not a big difference, I know, but perhaps significant to some people.)

This and the high-pitched whine is essentially the only complaint about the hard drive (and, again, the whine really is not loud at all, but since Seagates have such a reputation for quietness, I was a little disappointed). I have had no problems with it so far (knock on - or touch - wood) and I certainly can't complain about the 5 year warranty that it came with. :)
 

Lord Blackadder

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I very nearly bought the same drive for my G4, but had a little extra cash so I opted for the IBM/Hitachi 250GB SATA. It is significantly quieter than my G4's original hard drive as well as being significantly faster.

It's funny that you mention Seagate having a reputation for quiet operation, because the last Seagate hard disks I owned were a pair of Seagate Hawk 2.1GB SCSI drives that were LOUD. Very loud. maybe their IDE drives are a lot quieter? :confused

Oh, and BTW my "250GB" Hitachi drive ended up having 232GB free once formatted, just for comparison with yours.
 

alexf

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Lord Blackadder said:
It's funny that you mention Seagate having a reputation for quiet operation, because the last Seagate hard disks I owned were a pair of Seagate Hawk 2.1GB SCSI drives that were LOUD. Very loud. maybe their IDE drives are a lot quieter? :confused

Oh, and BTW my "250GB" Hitachi drive ended up having 232GB free once formatted, just for comparison with yours.
Yes, according to the Internet research I did before buying the drive, Seagate has a reputation for making perhaps the quietest drives (at least since the advent of the Barracuda, I believe). However, I should again emphasize that this drive is NOT loud - just louder than I expected (and the quietness of the G5 makes these noises more noticeable). In any case, it's a lot quieter than my external LaCie D2 hard drive, which drowns out any noise the G5 is making when it starts spinning.
 
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