I bought this for my parents PC to replace an ageing Seagate 40GB IDE hard drive that was slow and nowhere big enough anymore. It cost £44.21 inc VAT from eBuyer in May 2008. As it is SATA, I also had to get a PCI SATA card and I got the Value one from eBuyer for a few quid. It detected it first time and the driver was compatible so I can't complain.
Well, this is one impressive hard drive. To me, it seems to be faster than the Samsung Spinpoint F1 500GB in my much newer PC! The whole computer is very snappy to respond and generally boots up a lot faster than before. It is also very quiet. You can barely hear it spinning, even in this PC which is fairly on its way to becoming a "quiet" PC. It's certainly about 10 times quieter than the 40GB IDE Seagate it rerplaced and just as quiet as the Samsung Spinpoint's! The temperature seems to stay pretty low too, although I did put an inlet fan just in front of it to be safe- my parents sometimes forget to turn the computer off!
I have been a fan of Seagate ever since my first Barracuda about 7 years ago. That one was a warranty replacement for a failed IBM Deathstar, errr I mean DeskStar, which in itself was a warranty replacement for a failed Maxtor Diamondmax. I still have that old Barracuda actually and its still going strong! Anyway, this is just the background for my faith in the reliability of Seagate Hard Drives. This one has only been in service for about 12 months now but Seagate provide a warranty of 5 years so it's worry free for a long time.
The 320GB storage space may, now, be actually a little on the small side compared to the mighty 1TB drives available. But for my parents this is perfect since it is always cheaper to get a smaller one and the only thing that really takes up any storage space for them is digital photos.
Just after I bought this hard drive I read an alarming review that said this series of Barracuda were apparently not very reliable and not as good as older series. Don't you believe it! This has given me no problems at all and I'm really glad I chose Seagate again.
The world today runs on information. Every time you access the Internet, hit "send", trade a stock online, use an ATM or even watch a Hollywood blockbuster movie with computer-generated special effects, you create, access and share tremendous amounts of digital information. Seagate is committed to developing the technology and manufacturing the products that help make it all happen.
Best-in-class environmental specification and reliability features;
New perpendicular recording technology enables higher areal density, fewer moving parts and increased dependability;
Adaptive Fly Height offers consistent read/write performance from the beginning to the end of your computing workload;
Clean Sweep automatically calibrates your drive;
Directed Offline Scan runs diagnostics when storage access is not needed;
RoHS Directive-compliant design assures you an environmentally conscious product;
Enhanced G-Force Protection defends against handling damage;
Seagate SoftSonic motor enables whisper-quiet operation.
This product is designed for MD: special RAID edition
|Product Description:||Seagate Desktop HDD ST3320620AS - hard drive - 320 GB - SATA-300|
|Type:||Hard drive - internal|
|Form Factor:||3.5" x 1/3H|
|Data Transfer Rate:||300 MBps|
|Buffer Size:||16 MB|
|Spindle Speed:||7200 rpm|
|Features:||Native Command Queuing (NCQ), Adaptive Fly Height, Clean Sweep, Directed Offline Scan, Enhanced G-Force Protection, Perpendicular Recording, Seagate SoftSonic , S.M.A.R.T.|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||10.2 cm x 14.7 cm x 2.6 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||3 years warranty|