Seagate SATA hard drives

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  1. kolax macrumors G3

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    I've heard mixed stories of Seagate hard drives - how reliable are they? I've seen a good deal on a Seagate 7,200RPM 320GB SATA drive.

    Any other recommendations? Best brands?

    I've been checking dabs.com for deals. UK stuff only.
     
  2. tacomahunter macrumors regular

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    Just installed a 320 5400 and so far I love it... Noise: None... Boot speeds: FAST. Cost to upgrade: None, did it myself... MORE space: priceless:D
     
  3. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

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    I've been using a Seagate 500GB for close to two years and I have yet to have an issue with it.
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Don't buy their 1.5TB drive.

    Anything else is supposedly reliable.
     
  5. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

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    Supposedly they fixed their 1.5TB drives. The thing that I find funny is that they charge more for the same drive, but call it Mac Specific.....
     
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Nope. First-hand testimony.
     
  7. z28z34waw macrumors newbie

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    I just bought a 320gb 7200 rpm drive and installed it in my macbook last night.... no fuss, no cuss. Its been running so far for the last 24 hours with no hiccups. Although the drive that came out of my macbook was a 120 gb 5400 rpm seagate momentus drive and had ran for the past year with not a single problem either.....
     
  8. convergent macrumors 65816

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    I hate to jinx myself, but I've used seagate drives in my NAS, my PCs, and now for my MBP, and they seem to be more reliable than anything else I've tried.
     
  9. Racerdog55 macrumors member

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    Looking For

    Looking to replace my 320g 5400 rpm drive in my new Macbook Pro, Is there a 500gig 7200 drive out there for the Macbook Pro, and would there be really that much more speed between the two.
    Thanks
     
  10. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

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    Good to hear!

    Think I'll be splashing out on this within the next month!
     
  11. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    I've been using a 320 gig wd scorpio black with no issues whatsoever.
     
  12. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    I've heard the 7200-320 notebook drives from Seagate were crap, high failure rate. I got my Hitachi instead, love it.
     
  13. Shawn Parr macrumors regular

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    I've been using and buying hard drives for a while now, and I can give you one basic bit of advice:

    Every drive manufacturer has good models and bad models.

    WD, Samsung, Seagate, etc. all have models that are rock solid. WD, Samsung, Seagate, etc. all have models that have extremely high failure rates.

    When it is time to buy a drive just do as much online research as you can to try to avoid the bad models and stick with the good models. It is helpful not to buy brand new models, wait at least a few months to see if they have started to suffer premature deaths.
     
  14. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

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  16. danny_w macrumors 601

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    Actually the problem lies in all of their SATA drives >=750GB, effectively any of the perpendicular recording drives. I don't know which ones, if any, they have fixed.
     
  17. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    As said above, I have that drive, and its brilliant. Its on sale in the states too. Quiet, fast. No noticeable loss of battery life, from the old 5400rpm drive.
     
  18. hitman45400 macrumors regular

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    if you change out HDD, will it void the warranty?
     
  19. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

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    Good stuff. What you do with your old drive? 2.5" USB enclosure?

    No, it is a user replaceable part (in the new Unibody MacBook's anyway).
     
  20. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

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    New drives shipping from Seagate should be fixed.

    A bad drive from a reseller is probably old stock. First hand testimony also.
     
  21. GA84 Guest

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    I have it and I absolutely love it.
    It's very fast, much faster than the BTO 200GB 7200rpm (Hitachi 7K200) I initially had in my MBP when I bought it.
     
  22. bilbo--baggins macrumors 6502a

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    I got caught up in the 1.5TB Seagate drive problems. It gave me an opportunity to see quite how bad their support is. The email with the link to the firmware finally came through about 3 weeks after they first announced that it was available. By that time I'd already returned the drive for a refund, I had given up waiting after a week.

    In my MacBook Pro I have the Western Digital WD3200BEKT which has caused no problems at all. They claim it offers 7200 speeds with 5400 power consumption.

    I have had 1 western digital drive fail under warranty, and they replaced it with rapid efficiency - the replacement sent by courier and I was required to return the faulty drive within something like 30 days.
     
  23. talbalos macrumors newbie

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    Well all I can say is that I'm not impressed with the Seagate Momentus 320 GB, 7200 RPM notebook drive I picked up yesterday.

    I have a BTO unibody 15" Macbook Pro, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB with a Hitachi 250 GB, 7200 RPM drive. I've been impressed how quickly it boots up--especially compared to my previous Fujitsu Windows XP laptops.

    I spent the evening cloning the Seagate from the Hitachi.

    Boot time (From pressing the power button to the appearance of the log-in screen) went from 47-49 seconds to 68-70 seconds. Watching the empty screen for that extra 20 seconds seems like an eternity.
     
  24. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sorry to hear you had issues with Seagate's customer service. When I have issues with products I always try to get the reseller to help me out first. In my experience they usually handle issues much faster than the OEM's.
     

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