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Seagate ST320420A Barracuda ATA II

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      17.09.2001 16:52
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      Whilst building my PC I was offered many different hard drives...there are half a dozen good hard drive manufacturers selling drives, so why Seagate? Seagate has a great reputation for quality and most importantly, reliability! You want reliable storage when you're talking about hard drives. Most manufacturers are pretty similar in terms of reliability, but Seagate has one of the best reputations...I also looked at other selling points. When buying a new hard drive you should look at the following features: 1. Capacity 2. Rotation speed 3. Seek time 4. Size of Cache In the case of this Seagate drive: 1. 20gb 2. 5,400 rom 3. 8.9ms 4. 512K The capacity is big enough for most users, I play lots of 3D intensive games but don't usually have more than 3 or 4 games installed at once, plus the OS (Win 98SE) and a few packages like Word and Photoshop. Even with all this installed I still have 15 meg of spare space. Rotation speed is interesting, as many buyers are swayed by this figure. They consider that 7,500 rpm is always better, but this isn't always true as this Seagate drive has a faster seek time than many 7,500rpm drives. 8.9ms is very fast for a 5,400 rpm drive, and shopping around showed me that many 7,500rpm drives actually have slower seek times. I would say that the only let down is the small cache, 512K is a bit small for a modern Hard Drive, I would prefer 1mb or 2mb for more efficient operation. I noticed another opinion here on Dooyoo about this drive, saying that it was noisy. I can only speculate that you had a dry bearing as this drive has been very quiet and hassle-free during 6 months of operation. Overall, a well-built budget hard drive with a great seek time which is ideal for gamers and power users. The only downside is the 512K cache, but for £80 what do you expect?

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        02.02.2001 19:43

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        Tempted by a special offer that got me this drive for around £70.00, I have been pleasantly surprised by its performance. I do some video capture work, which is very hard-disk intensive, and it has proved up to the task, with few disk-related dropped frames. Unfortunately, I don't have competitive drives from IBM, Maxtor et. al. to compare it with, but anyone stepping up from an older driver such as myself will notice a big increase in performance. Windows loads quicker, and those annoying times when the OS hits the swapfile do not take as long. On the downside, it is rather noisy: if it were my car I would have it straight in the garage for some urgent attention! Operation is accompanied by a whole series of rattles and clicks that initially got me rather worried. Six months later, it is still performing reliable, and the supplied diagnostic software shows that the drive is still in A1 condition, as it should be. The drive also does get rather hot, but that is common to most fast drives nowadays. If you have a cramped case, or work in a hot environment, then do consider getting additional cooling if you pick up such a drive as this.

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        15.01.2001 15:37
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        This hard drive is a very capable drive, for me, the capacity is more than I need and I doubt that anyone would be able to fill it with just day to day use. The drive itself was easy to install, just pop it in, put the power cable in, set it to master/slave and put the IDE cable in and away you go. Once it?s in you find that the lovely people at Seagate has formatted the drive for you. That aside this thing is noisy, and when I say noisy I mean really noisy. This thing hums like a banshee and when its righting to the drive it makes a kind of clicking noise and its slightly on the off putting side. The transfer rates of this thing are pretty good but not as fast as other drives that I have had in the past such as the Fujitsu 15.3 GB hard drive. All said this is a nice little drive for the money and I would recommend it to most people but if you have sensitive hearing then don?t get it.

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          07.11.2000 22:07

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          This seagate drive was a dissapointment. It only comes with 512kb of cache. It's very noisy during operation and runs hot, very hot. I've had to add a fan to it to make my system stable. I hope it lasts more than a couple of years. I would only buy it again if it was very cheap (ie under £40), other that that go for IBM drives they're faster and better. On the plus side the performance is pretty reasonable for the specs, good surprise on that side...

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          30.08.2000 21:39
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          I used to have an 8.4gb Maxtor, the reasons I bought this Seagate were: 1. I needed a bigger drive 2. I needed a faster drive 3. I needed a quieter drive I asked around before buying and was told that I should get a Seagate or an IBM, after comparing prices I decided to go for a Seagate, big mistake! The HD was a lot noisier than my Maxtor, the noise it makes kinda sounds like a hamster grinding its teeth on a block of stone. I would like to advise people who require a quiet working environment to stay away from the IDE Seagate Barracuda series. Try a Fujitsu, IMO they seem to be the quietest.

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            18.08.2000 03:01
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            The latest computer Hard drives are way too large and I doubt there are a waste of money as who need 20 gig worth of space, I suspect the only people who need this amount is NASSA. At most, I think 10 gigs. This I think is another consumer rip off to take money of the paying customer and making the fat cats fatter. Does you know any one who as filled there hard drive of 20 gig is so leave comment, ill bet nobody does. Ive Know had the Hard Drive for 1/2 a year and still i have only filled 6 gigs.

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              09.08.2000 03:11

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              My experience of the barracuda drives is based solely in the pasty on server units. This drive was no exception to my experiences as it provides me with a very nippy indeed unit for my desktop system. Seek times are nothing to sniff at and the burst rate provided will deal amply with most requests. I'd not recommend this unit for digital video editing though. If it were up to me and I required more speed I'd try and bring a RAID controller into the equation and get a few more of these drives as I'd trust them with my life. Do that and you've got a more than competent system for dealing with heavy access high-speed reqests.

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