Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 vs. Samsung Spinpoint F1 [Part II]

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by anthonyjr, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. anthonyjr macrumors regular


    Sep 27, 2007
    I remember reading a thread a while back about the pros/cons of both Seagate and Samsung's 32mb cache drive options. It's been quite some time now and I was wondering if I could get some feedback from some forum members who have made a choice between the two drives, as a result of the original thread.

    I'm looking for two reliable 32mb cache hard drives for my Mac Pro (500gb-750gb); so, I mainly want to know:

    1. What did you purchase? (Model# if you bought a RAID version, please)
    2. Where did you buy it from?
    3. How do you like it? (Speed/Noise)
    4. Complaints or problems?

    I'd greatly appreciate it. As a poor college student, I just don't want to drop hundreds of dollars on two drives that might not be worth the trouble.
  2. hakuryuu macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Lomita, CA
    1. Seagate 1tb ST31000340AS
    2. Frys
    3. It is much more quiet than the 320gb drive that my MP came with. Fast enough for my needs.
    4. No complaints thus far.
  3. aibo macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2008
    Southern California
    There's a new player called the Western Digital WD6400AAKS... using 320GB/platter technology. Even with just 16MB cache it's looking like it's faster than the Seagate 7200.11 and Samsung F1's. Just for your consideration.
  4. anthonyjr thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 27, 2007
    I've always been a big WD fan; I'll definitely look into this drive.

    The only reason I was thinking about a 32mb cache (at least for one of the HDDs) was because I'll be using one drive for multi-track audio recording. Though, since I'll be storing client's material... I want to make sure I'm not going to run into any major problems.
  5. sirris101 macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2008
    1. 4x 500gb 7200.11 Baracudda
    2. NewEgg ~$120 each
    3. Love them, fast, quiet, reliable. The 500gb's are great because they only have 2 platters!
    4. Make sure yours has the latest firmware and the jumper from the back is removed.

    I know a few people who've had problems with their SpinPoints and had to RMA. All four of my baracudas came with the latest firmware. Just remember to remove the jumper from the back of the hard drive to enable SATAII.
  6. thxdave macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2007
    Hey Sirris, I have a Seagate .11 arriving tomorrow from MacMall and I'm a little concerned. How do you know if you have the latest firmware version? What IS the correct firmware version number?
  7. sirris101 macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2008
  8. OZMP macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2008
    1. ST3500320AS Seagate 7200.11 500gb. NOT THE ES which is: ST3500320NS
    3. So much quicker than the standard drive, occasional chugg sound, but the machine is 40cm from my head
    4. none

    Comments: The model number i purchased had the up too date firmware, just don't forget to remove the jumper :p

  9. OMGWTFBBQ macrumors member


    Oct 5, 2007
  10. Beardy man macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    Just got 3 x 750Gb Spinpoints. So far nothing on them, just installed them 10mins ago, but appear to be working fine, and very quiet .

    Going to clone System onto drive in bay 4, I'll let you know how I get on.
  11. Jonny427 macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    Damnit, I just got 2x WD5000AAKS... :(

    At least they were only 95 bucks vs. 130 for the new 640's.

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