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I have used this drive in a build back in October as its primary drive. I had never used Seagate nor its Barracuda drives, but I had only heard good things so I decided to go for it. Installation was similar as with any hard drive, so it went in easily.
1TB is the most space I've ever had on a machine - and it is plenty! I have installed almost my entire Stea library onto this baby and it's nowhere near full yet.
When it's operating, I cannot hear it at all over background noise - its incredibly quiet, which is a very nice plus and something I havent even considered!
I've not had any problems with the drive yet - everything has been perfect with it so far, and the price was extremely good, it was under £50. I would reccommend this drive to everyone looking to build or to upgrade their current drives.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB Hard Drive, SATA, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache
After reading many reviews online, I ordered this from Amazon the other month as I needed a hard drive for the new PC I was building.
What's in the box?
In the eco friendly box I got from Amazon, there was just the hard drive itself. It wasn't all that securely packaged and could have been knocked about during transit but it worked find when I tried it.
Hardware and Setup
This is a 3.5 hard drive which goes inside your PC. It uses a Sata connection and no Sata cable or screws were included. It took me a few minutes to put this in. I just plugged in the Sata cable and the power cable coming off the power supply and that was about it.
When I turned on the PC nothing much happened apart from a message saying something like 'No operating system found' but this was expected.
I had bought a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate which I put into the CD drive and rebooted the PC. The setup program came on screen and I proceeded to install Windows. The Windows setup program detected the hard drive no problem and asked me whether I wanted to format it. I decided to partition the hard drive into two partitions - 1 for the operating system and 1 for storing data like pictures, music etc. The OS partition is about 60 GB and the rest of the space on the hard drive is taken up by the Data partition. This way I can easily backup my data every month and if I get a virus or Windows crashes, I can easily reformat it as I only have to format the partition containing the operating system and the data is totally separate and so I won't loose it if I reformat Windows.
I have been using this hard drive for about 4 months now and it is much quieter than older hard drives I've used.
I was initially going to purchase a Samsung F3 hard drive which everyone seemed to be saying was very fast but there were a few reviews mentioning that it wasn't very reliable.
- Reliability is the main thing I am bothered about when it comes to a hard drive as it contains alot of data that is valuable to me. This hard drive seemed to meet that point.
If you want to check the reliability of your hard drive and make sure there are no errors, you can use the program that Seagate provide on their site at:
- Pricewise it was very reasonable. I paid £40 + £5 for shipping for it off Amazon.
Space wise, 1tb is alot more than what I've had in the past. I am now able to store all my DVD and music collection + all my software CD's on it.
Overall, for the price and capacity it is worth it. It is very quiet and I've not had it all that long but so far it has been reliable.