Seagate 1.5 TB drive

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Cave Man, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
  2. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    Holy crap...these are available already!!!!???? Time to convert my 4GB Drobos to 6GB Drobos!!!
  3. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
    Now all I need is a decent external case with ethernet and firewire and I'm all set.
  4. Sideonecincy macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2003
    That is a pretty good price. The price of a single terabyte drive have been consistently dropping over the past few months. Last I saw, a 1TB Seagate costed $140.
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    If you can't find it cheaper on Newegg I would say this is your best price.
    Are you thinking of an upgrade from your 750 gb?
  6. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    No, but my 1 TB media drive has 1.8 gb left... :(
  7. CultHero macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2007
    so I have heard that the drives on newegg and places like that have been picked over and rejected by other distributors etc for quality etc.

    For example, apple uses Seagate drives in the computers and gets first pick of the drives they want, if it doesn't pass apple's quality control, it goes on down the line.

    Don't know if there is any credibility to this or just some sales guy trying to sell me his drives at twice the cost claiming that they were just better.
  8. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    How would Seagate give one manufacturer the 'first pick' of a production lot? You make it sound as if there is a long table at Seagate where computer manufacturers stand in line, Apple first - getting to pick the drives coming off the line - how would Apple know which ones to pick? Test everyone? Then the next guy has to test all the ones that Apple rejected, and so on down the line???

    Now if you would have said .... " Apple contracts with Seagate to manufacture drives specifically to Apple specs ... " I could buy that.

    That having been said there is another possible scenario ....
    ' Failed drives, returned to the manufacturer are refurbished - sent out to distributors for resale.'

    Even refurbed drives are marked as such.

    Drives has warranties and on the physical drive the manufacture date is clearly marked. Just another way to insure you are getting a fresh unit.

    As to NEWEGG ???

    I can say that nothing I have purchased from them has been a problem.
    One item came to me 'wrong', because I ordered the wrong part.
    NEWEGG took the part back and happily sent me the right part.

    NEWEGG seems to better Return Policy than some of the 'brick and mortar' suppliers I know of.

    I think you hit it on the had with your last paragraph - some sales guy giving you a line !!!! :eek:
  9. MAYBL8R macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
  10. mandoman macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2005
    I couldn't wait on these 1.5tb drives so just went with 1tb. I opted for the WD GP drives - quiet, low power and only $135! I like Seagate drive reliability, warranty and performance though (at least pre-maxtor aquisition), I just wish they were the quiet drives they were once known for. Glad to see they are the new king of the hill with the largest capacity available. I might have gone with these seagates if they were available in quanity at a more affordable price. Oh well, by the time I need more storage the competitors will have their offerings out and prices will be lower.
  11. macworkerbee macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2008
    :DI just got a picture in my head of Apple going to pick newly manufactured HDs as if they were a new litter of puppies. They don't want to pick the runt so they leave it for Newegg . . .

    Oh yeah, that rumor you heard about why the products are offered at a low price is ridiculous (just saying).
  12. TalkAboutApple macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2008
    I'm really happy that these drives are making a big bump to 1.5TB. I was wondering if it would be a long path through 1.125TB, 1.25TB, etc.

    This helps explain the long gap (nearly 2 years?) between the initial 1TB drives and the next step up.
  13. Wotan31 macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    You'll see 2 TB by spring '09 and 2.5 TB by Christmas '09. The drive manufacturers are really making strides with the PMR stuff...
  14. Wotan31 macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    Also the base-2 vs. base-10 capacity calculation will make more of a difference the larger these drives get. The Seagate "1.5 TB" drive is actually 1.36 TB when you measure using base-2 like every single personal computer ever made does.

    It's a scam that these hardware makers can define 1 TB as 10^15 bytes (1,000,000,000,000), instead of the correct 1 TB value of 2^40 bytes (1,099,511,627,776). We're getting short changed by about 10% there. :mad:
  15. CultHero macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2007
    so this might be more of a drobo question but here goes. I have a drobo with 3 500 gig drives in it. No surprise here, I am starting to fill it up already. I have one bay to fill and could just throw one of these in there but from what I read Drobo will basically drop the largest drive. What is the most economical way to upgrade in size without replacing all the drives at once?
  16. iMacmatician macrumors 601

    Jul 20, 2008
    Oh nice!

    Hope that trickles down to 1.8" drives so the MacBook Air can get some decent HD capacity.
  17. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    Hm, by the time my 500gb drive fills up I should be able to snag a 1tb to add to it for well under $100. Good deal. I have room for about 4 or 5 HDD in my enclosure (I need to do some small modding to rearrange the layout and make better use of the space - I think I'll get 5 or even 6 3.5" and one 5.25" drives in there) so with the prices of 1TB dropping so quick I could easily up with 6 or 8 TB once I fill them up.

    This is going to make backing things up really easy or really hard...

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