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Seagate Pipeline HD ST1500VM002 1.5 TB

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      17.02.2012 10:17
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      Seagate always deliver when it comes to hard drives and this one is no different.

      I ordered the pipeline hard drive when I almost filled up my 500GB, I wanted to go for something significantly bigger and at 1.5TB it's 3 times my original. I purchased mine for around £60 but you may find it a little more expensive than that due to hard drive prices flying up last year, this is down to flooding the eastern world had I believe. Hard drives can be delicate so ordering one online I was a bit worried about how it would be delivered and if it would work, when the packaged arrived it was securely packaged in the box and it seemed unscathed.

      Installing this device was simple enough as all it requires is to screw into the case and plug in the respective SATA ports, the long installation comes from any operating system that you may need to install onto this hard drive. As I didn't need to install the operating system this wasn't an issue for me but I did need to transfer a lot of my old data across to free up the 500GB, this was a good test to see how well this hard drive can write data to its disk and I was slightly impressed as it seemed to work quicker than my previous device. This device uses SATA 3Gb/s connection and has a hard disk speed of 5900 RPM, a little slower than 7200 devices but actually considerably quieter than those devices.

      Although the device worked great I did notice a difference to the sound coming from my computer which I can only assume it's the hard drive, this wasn't too much to bother me but buyers looking for quieter devices beware. After a couple months of solid use the noise hasn't increased like you can get with some hard drives so I guess this can make up for it. The hard disk itself is a nice size at 1.5TB most people will find this extremely hard to fill unless you hoard music, films and software that you don't use. I haven't even used 50% of this hard drive yet and that is after transferring some of my old data including games, so I can safely say that this is going to last me a while before I see fit to upgrade again.

      Seagate do offer some features with this hard drive, it claims to deliver the industry's lowest power consumption and the coolest operating temperatures which has been implemented onto this device apparently. I say apparently because without testing every hard drive on the market there's no way to be sure of this, it does stay quite cool when running but this may be different for most as I'm not using an operating system from it. It does boast to be able to run at temperatures up to 75 degrees and at forces of up to 80G's (not that you would ever reach 80G).

      Overall this is a nice device it works as intended if not better; the noise might be a little off putting but a necessary setback to the upgrade. Something else that Seagate have done with this device is 50% of the materials made to use it have come from recycled sources and 70% of it is recyclable, not too bad considering today's world where recycling is almost mandatory. I would certainly recommend this to anyone looking to buy a new hard drive, it's not let me down yet and I've had it for a while.

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