Are Seagate 1.5TB drives any good?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by zdobson, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. zdobson macrumors 6502

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    The price is right and I want to buy a couple, but I've been hearing mixed reviews on these. I've heard that there was a firmware issue that was supposedly fixed. What do people know about these? Would it be safer to buy 1TB instead?
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    No. Please actually search.

    Just buy 1TB drives for now.
     
  3. Googon macrumors member

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    The bigger a hard drive is, the harder it is for them to access all of the data efficiently. I wouldn't go over 1tb. Besides, will you really ever be able to fill it? :p
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    "640k is enough for anybody."

    While I do not have the drive space to do so yet, I could easily fill six terabytes with personal content.
     
  5. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    These drives have had a very poor track record. I would advise sticking with the 1TB drives or going up to 2TB drives (after waiting a while to make sure that there aren't problems like the 1.5TB)
     
  6. danny_w macrumors 601

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    The company that I work for just got in a new HP ProLiant server with 8 of these drives, and just as soon got an emergency notice from HP to immediately update the firmware in all of the drives; these drives use HP-branded firmware, but I am quite sure it is really Seagate that produces the firmware and rebrands it. This does not bode well for these drives or for Seagate, which has had a slew of firmware issues of late with their drives (everything from 750GB and up). I would personally stay far away from anything Seagate for the present.
     
  7. zdobson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No need to be short.

    Right now I'm shooting a lot of jobs that are 15GB or more. When I get my new cameras in a couple months, that number is going to be closer to 40.

    Thanks for the info. Since the 2TB drives are $300 and this 1TB drive is $88, I think I'll go with the 1.
     
  8. PuckDaddy macrumors regular

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    if you're going to buy an Hitachi drive, get the 7k1000.b
     
  9. zdobson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What would be the benefit?
     
  10. pilotError macrumors 68020

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    They used to suck.

    Seagate finally got the firmware right and they are fine now.

    When they first came out, you could use them for a week or two and out of the blue, the drive would just disappear. Even the BIOS couldn't see them. Seagate would just send you a refurb and didn't admit there was anything wrong, but they kept selling them.

    This used to happen with the 1TB drives too.

    I just picked up 4 of these drives a few weeks ago from Dell. They were selling them (with a coupon) for $83. Best deal I've gotten all year.

    I've been running them 24 hours a day for the last couple of weeks, and not so much as an error on them.

    If you buy them, check the firmware out of the box and go to seagates website to see if the drive is affected. If so, update the firmware before you use them.

    Firmware Check

    Serial Number Checker
     
  11. rekhyt macrumors 65816

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    Ha-ha-ha... (Pronounced with the -s with 1 second of pause.) That's possible... With me.
     
  12. Amdahl macrumors 65816

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    Yes, this is a genuine emergency. It affects (potentially) the entire 7200.11 line, which means 500GB drives, and (I think) 320GB. I had to update 3 drives, two of which were in G5s, so I had to move them over to PCs to run the firmware update.

    Number one rule: stop turning the drives off/rebooting/sleeping until they can be firmware updated. Backup important data immediately. Perform the firmware update as soon as possible after that.

    If the drive dies, the data isn't gone. Contact Seagate, or if you're adventurous and knowledgeable, look around on the Internet. Some people have figured out how to bring the drives back to life with special hardware/cables.

    Make sure you know what kind of drive is in any external drive enclosures you might own, and address them as well if needed.
     
  13. alphaod macrumors Core

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    My friend, I can fill that drive in a matter of days (real data, not random crap).
     

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