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Friday, March 12, 2021
By: Francesco Pisani
Our digital media collection has grown to fill up our old 1 TB drive, so this was a needed upgrade. Picked up this 4 TB on sale for $99.99. Can't beat the price for this size.
It's only 5400 rpm and it is shingled sectors. Since our usage will be for writing data once and leaving it there forever, this drive is suitable for this. Our home network speed is only 100 Mbps, and this drive has a hard time keeping up with it.
Good drive for long-term storage. DO NOT use this drive to actually do any kind of work, it is way too slow for that. A potato can spin faster than this.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Warning - this is an SMR drive. All Seagate BarraCuda Compute drives except the 1TB are. There are no use cases where this is better than an equivalent CMR drive, and in many cases it is worse, possibly much worse. Get the WD Blue 4TB instead which is CMR, and at the time this is written, the WD is also less expensive! Google SMR vs CMR.
Do NOT buy this drive unless you understand what you are getting. This SMR drive will start out normal, but as it fills up and data gets overwritten, it will slow. Get the WD Blue 4TB instead which doesn't have this issue. It is disappointing that the cost savings of SMR drives are not being passed on to consumers.
Wednesday, January 01, 2020
I've been using Seagate for decades and the pros are reliability, cost to performance/capacity and knowing your data is safe. There are a lot of people using their HDD's like a frisbee or traveling with a disk drive. Back in the 80's and 90's when this was the ONLY option I NEVER traveled with a disk drive. A terrible idea. Too risky. But hd's should be stationary and treated with respect. My 4TB Seagate HDD is now 5 years old and flawless. Zero issues and I will trust it for another 5 years. This is my 20th Seagate HDD and I will buy another 40 throughout my life I'm sure.
In decades of using Seagate the only weakness is when a consumer thinks a disk drive is a portable product and the platter loses it's place and the drive fails to read/write or clicking begins to notify the drive is on it's way out. But that is the user's fault.
I ONLY buy Seagate for disk drives for the hundreds of people I look after for their computer needs and will continue ONLY suggesting using Seagate. Samsung for SSD. I also suggest to those who have failed their Seagate drives to make sure their chassis are properly grounded and that their PSU's aren't old and on its last leg.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Saturday, July 06, 2019
From: New Westminster, BC
Reasonably quick sustained read/write for an HDD.
Unreliable, died within the first year under very light use-case, as a backup-only drive.
Would not recommend, due to very short life-span. Drive death was instantaneous, and was rendered completely unreadable. No early warning signs of symptoms.
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Monday, January 14, 2019
By: Dave Branch
From: Calgary Northeast
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Thursday, November 01, 2018
I bought two in november 2017. One is inside a computer running 7 days / 24 hours a day. The other is used inside an external casing for backing up the 1st one. Both are still running well with no error or problem and they are in good health (based on SMART report).
Thursday, November 01, 2018
It was good while it worked
Lasted 45 days only
Only 45 days after purchase it started making this bad clicking noise. Talking with ME over phone they said if you dont have the ME replacement plan it could take a while to get a replacement - as long as a month or more. I left it in the shop 7 days ago and still have no news how long do I have to wait. You would think that after breaking down not even 90 days after purchase the shop or the manufacturer will speed up the replacement but so far - no news... On top of that the drive was being used as a storage for a desktop with its main drive being a 250 GB PCIe M2 SSD - so there wasn't really any serous usage on it. Getting the store replacement plan somehow defeats the purpose of getting a cheaper storage solution - for that amount you could go to Ironwolf or the Red WD drive... In conclusion - what a disappointment!