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$43 per TB, 3 TB seagate Hd, $129-amazon

Postposted on Sun May 27, 2012 2:23 pm

3 TB ($43 per TB) seagate harddrives $129, Amazon.com
In the form of USB 3.0 enclosure. STAY3000102

These are the 1 TB per platter ST3000DM001 drives.
Just bought 3. You WILL have to break the enclosure to
get the drive out! (kiss warranty good buy?)

In W7/64, disk management, delete all on drive, Chose GPT NOT "MBR".
format as you will, I like 32k(NTFS) for my video files.

ST3000DM001 drives at newegg $60 per TB.

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Re: $43 per TB, 3 TB seagate Hd, $129-amazon

Postposted on Sun May 27, 2012 2:44 pm

It's always nice to see a good deal posted in the forums, but it's a problem when you run into quality issues concerning the things your recommend.

A quick dig into this part's ratings on Amazon show many people having the drive die within the first month of use- that is, it worked out of the box, and then failed, for whatever reason.

I looked because I was interested in something like this- large, portable, fast (enough) storage; but reviews like those turn me away immediately.
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Re: $43 per TB, 3 TB seagate Hd, $129-amazon

Postposted on Sun May 27, 2012 3:19 pm

I try to be agnostic when it comes to brands and generally buy what's reviewed well and priced right. Seagate is where I differ on that outlook.
My dad was the senior line engineer for the Seagate Anaheim fab from open to close - he long ago told me not to buy Seagate ATA drives. (non-SAS/SCSI - it was pretty cool growing up being the only one on the block with a 10K cheetah array in his desktop)

That advice has served me fine. I have about 25 WD drives of various vintages that are all running fine, and one single solitary Barracuda LP 2TB I got for a great price (direct from Amazon) that died a month after I bought it.
Have yet to RMA because best case scenario I'll get another Seagate drive back ;)
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Re: $43 per TB, 3 TB seagate Hd, $129-amazon

Postposted on Sun May 27, 2012 7:47 pm

I seem to see a lot problems listed in the newegg comments on many of the cheaper drives.

Wish I could afford enterprise level drives. 5 year warranty etc.

But I needed more space and have only so many sata connectors so I went with
with the 3 TB drives with fingers crossed!

Now if you look at the 2TB version it still has 3 platters so I think that they are defective 3TB drives
and the reviews are really horrible. I would not touch them.

I'll post here if my 3 start dying.

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Re: $43 per TB, 3 TB seagate Hd, $129-amazon

Postposted on Sun May 27, 2012 10:15 pm

jmc2 wrote:I seem to see a lot problems listed in the newegg comments on many of the cheaper drives.

Wish I could afford enterprise level drives. 5 year warranty etc.


That online auction site is a not-so-bad place to pick up older generation SCSI drives. You can get 15k rpm 75GB units for $10-20 each. These drives were all built to the very highest standards of the time and are still pretty damn quick. You need a proper controller, obviously, as well as bigger, slower space for stuff other than the OS and core applications.
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Re: $43 per TB, 3 TB seagate Hd, $129-amazon

Postposted on Mon May 28, 2012 4:18 pm

Airmantharp wrote:It's always nice to see a good deal posted in the forums, but it's a problem when you run into quality issues concerning the things your recommend.

A quick dig into this part's ratings on Amazon show many people having the drive die within the first month of use- that is, it worked out of the box, and then failed, for whatever reason.

I looked because I was interested in something like this- large, portable, fast (enough) storage; but reviews like those turn me away immediately.


While I'm not saying your conclusion that this Seagate external drive might be a bit of a risky buy is wrong, I'd recommend looking at the reviews of the bare drive itself. It does so happen that in this case, at least on Newegg, the reported failure rates for the bare drive is also a bit on the high side, but still of somewhat smaller proportion than those for the external drives on Amazon.

When the mechanical HDD prices first spiked, I purchased a relatively cheap external drive that was getting fairly high reported rates of failure. However, the bare drive inside did not share this trend in the customer reviews. When I got the drive, the problem became apparent. It was a 7200 RPM drive packaged in a cheapo plastic enclosure with no active cooling or room for air circulation. It's almost certain that most of these failures must have been due to overheating. I immediately removed the drive and it has been working fine in a desktop ever since.
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Re: $43 per TB, 3 TB seagate Hd, $129-amazon

Postposted on Mon May 28, 2012 4:33 pm

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Airmantharp wrote:It's always nice to see a good deal posted in the forums, but it's a problem when you run into quality issues concerning the things your recommend.

A quick dig into this part's ratings on Amazon show many people having the drive die within the first month of use- that is, it worked out of the box, and then failed, for whatever reason.

I looked because I was interested in something like this- large, portable, fast (enough) storage; but reviews like those turn me away immediately.


While I'm not saying your conclusion that this Seagate external drive might be a bit of a risky buy is wrong, I'd recommend looking at the reviews of the bare drive itself. It does so happen that in this case, at least on Newegg, the reported failure rates for the bare drive is also a bit on the high side, but still of somewhat smaller proportion than those for the external drives on Amazon.

When the mechanical HDD prices first spiked, I purchased a relatively cheap external drive that was getting fairly high reported rates of failure. However, the bare drive inside did not share this trend in the customer reviews. When I got the drive, the problem became apparent. It was a 7200 RPM drive packaged in a cheapo plastic enclosure with no active cooling or room for air circulation. It's almost certain that most of these failures must have been due to overheating. I immediately removed the drive and it has been working fine in a desktop ever since.


I see your point here, but if you're taking the drive out of the enclosure then you could just have well bought the bare drive instead, unless this drive represents a bargain in comparison. Then, if you really wanted to use the drive as intended, you'd have to purchase a USB3 enclosure for it, adding to the cost.

My point was really just to remind people to look at the reviews. This drive has a very high failure rate, and in my opinion shouldn't have been mentioned here as it is itself not recommended.
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Re: $43 per TB, 3 TB seagate Hd, $129-amazon

Postposted on Mon May 28, 2012 7:45 pm

Airmantharp wrote:My point was really just to remind people to look at the reviews. This drive has a very high failure rate, and in my opinion shouldn't have been mentioned here as it is itself not recommended.

I don't necessarily agree. First of all, I've heard that a much higher percentage of people that experience a problem write a review than do those that have a trouble free experience. Second, if it's a good deal then let people read the reviews themselves. Third, but really this point should be first: ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP. Any model of drive can fail, from an Intel SSD to and enterprise SCSI drive, and on the other hand there are probably still a lonesome few Deskstar 75 GXP drives out there that are miraculously still running. I've personally seen enterprise drives fail years earlier than consumer drives that have run 24/7. So the big advice is: always have a backup and be ready for failure, and if you've done that then the day the failure comes you might actually find yourself grinning because you were prepared. That's been the case for me, at least. :)

BTW, was the original post supposed to have a link to something or did I miss the link or what?
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Re: $43 per TB, 3 TB seagate Hd, $129-amazon

Postposted on Mon May 28, 2012 9:56 pm

thegst wrote:I try to be agnostic when it comes to brands and generally buy what's reviewed well and priced right. Seagate is where I differ on that outlook.
My dad was the senior line engineer for the Seagate Anaheim fab from open to close - he long ago told me not to buy Seagate ATA drives. (non-SAS/SCSI - it was pretty cool growing up being the only one on the block with a 10K cheetah array in his desktop)

That advice has served me fine. I have about 25 WD drives of various vintages that are all running fine, and one single solitary Barracuda LP 2TB I got for a great price (direct from Amazon) that died a month after I bought it.
Have yet to RMA because best case scenario I'll get another Seagate drive back ;)


The plural of anecdote is not data. No offense to your dad, but I'm sure I could find WD, Hitachi, or anyone else's employees saying the same thing. For a counterpoint anecdote, I had lots of problems with WD drives back around the 120-500GB era, and have been using mostly Seagate since, without issues.

These days, I buy whatever hits the price/GB mark I like, when I'm buying, and keep backups.
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Re: $43 per TB, 3 TB seagate Hd, $129-amazon

Postposted on Tue May 29, 2012 1:08 am

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thegst wrote:I try to be agnostic when it comes to brands and generally buy what's reviewed well and priced right. Seagate is where I differ on that outlook.
My dad was the senior line engineer for the Seagate Anaheim fab from open to close - he long ago told me not to buy Seagate ATA drives. (non-SAS/SCSI - it was pretty cool growing up being the only one on the block with a 10K cheetah array in his desktop)

That advice has served me fine. I have about 25 WD drives of various vintages that are all running fine, and one single solitary Barracuda LP 2TB I got for a great price (direct from Amazon) that died a month after I bought it.
Have yet to RMA because best case scenario I'll get another Seagate drive back ;)


The plural of anecdote is not data. No offense to your dad, but I'm sure I could find WD, Hitachi, or anyone else's employees saying the same thing. For a counterpoint anecdote, I had lots of problems with WD drives back around the 120-500GB era, and have been using mostly Seagate since, without issues.

These days, I buy whatever hits the price/GB mark I like, when I'm buying, and keep backups.


Well, of course it's anecdotal. I like to think a guy who saw the processes in play had a little more credibility than most, though. I did get to tour the plating facilities in Mexicali and saw some things I wasn't supposed to see that made me not buy any Seagate drives for a long, long time ;) Then the first one I bought after that break was the LP that died in a month.

Sort of like the pizza place right by my house that I have to keep remembering makes people sick when I'm tempted by its proximity.
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Re: $43 per TB, 3 TB seagate Hd, $129-amazon

Postposted on Tue May 29, 2012 9:00 am

thegst wrote:
Forge wrote:My dad was the senior line engineer for the Seagate Anaheim fab from open to close - he long ago told me not to buy Seagate ATA drives. (non-SAS/SCSI - it was pretty cool growing up being the only one on the block with a 10K cheetah array in his desktop)


The plural of anecdote is not data. No offense to your dad, but I'm sure I could find WD, Hitachi, or anyone else's employees saying the same thing.


Well, of course it's anecdotal. I like to think a guy who saw the processes in play had a little more credibility than most, though. I did get to tour the plating facilities in Mexicali and saw some things I wasn't supposed to see that made me not buy any Seagate drives for a long, long time ;) Then the first one I bought after that break was the LP that died in a month.

Sort of like the pizza place right by my house that I have to keep remembering makes people sick when I'm tempted by its proximity.[/quote]

I'm sorry, I was unclear in exactly the way I feared.

Your dad was right. My point is, none of the others are any better, and several are much worse.
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Postposted on Tue May 29, 2012 9:29 am

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Forge wrote:My dad was the senior line engineer for the Seagate Anaheim fab from open to close - he long ago told me not to buy Seagate ATA drives. (non-SAS/SCSI - it was pretty cool growing up being the only one on the block with a 10K cheetah array in his desktop)


The plural of anecdote is not data. No offense to your dad, but I'm sure I could find WD, Hitachi, or anyone else's employees saying the same thing.


Well, of course it's anecdotal. I like to think a guy who saw the processes in play had a little more credibility than most, though. I did get to tour the plating facilities in Mexicali and saw some things I wasn't supposed to see that made me not buy any Seagate drives for a long, long time ;) Then the first one I bought after that break was the LP that died in a month.

Sort of like the pizza place right by my house that I have to keep remembering makes people sick when I'm tempted by its proximity.

I'm sorry, I was unclear in exactly the way I feared.

Your dad was right. My point is, none of the others are any better, and several are much worse.


If you're at all curious (and maybe I will post someday about some other things I saw) they sent him down to the plating facility because of some yield problems after final assembly. There was some mixup and a bunch of rejected platters were getting mated in subassemblies somehow bypassing 3 QC steps. This was also the time my pop learned that 60 kph != 60 mph, and yes, he could pay the fine right there :D

I was too young to take pictures as this was back in the 90's. I was lucky growing up that I had a dad always involved in tech that I found interesting...before Seagate, he worked for Alcoa who engineered some processor packaging for Intel, and somewhere I have an early (unused configuration) CPGA packaged 5v Pentium 60 that's cut away to reveal some of the inside.
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Re: $43 per TB, 3 TB seagate Hd, $129-amazon

Postposted on Tue May 29, 2012 10:23 am

Looks like the amazon sale is over. Now $161 3 TB drive.
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Expansion ... 173&sr=1-5

Same enclosure...
Newegg sale $139 rating ***4 out of 5***. USB 3.0 Enclosure 3 TB drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822148865

The harddrive inside rating ***4 out of 5***. 3 TB drive. Still $179
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822148844
The 2 TB version is 3 out of 5... no thank you!

A few things mentioned in thread...
I took the drive out so I am "less" likely to have the same failure rate as an enclosure is.
I stiil have the usb 3.0 enclosure to use if needed (in a much easier to cool state) :)

Everyone should alway read the reviews before making a purchase and decide if
the risks/benefits are worth it.

I did look at the 5 year 2 TB Western Digtal drives... $300 approx.
$150 per TB is out of my league. I'll take my chances with $43 per TB.
(with backups!)

Seems like Western and Seagate are buying everyone else up.
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Re: $43 per TB, 3 TB seagate Hd, $129-amazon

Postposted on Tue May 29, 2012 11:33 am

thegst wrote:Seagate is where I differ on that outlook. My dad was the senior line engineer for the Seagate Anaheim fab from open to close....I was too young to take pictures as this was back in the 90's.

So these would have been, what, 800MB (yes, with an "M") drives destined for installation in somebody's Pentium 166, back when there were still about seven or eight discrete hard drive vendors?

I don't mean to be rude, but your experiences from back then, while doubtless real, have nothing to do with the current state of the hard drive market or its manufacturing technologies. A lot has changed in the intervening 15-20 years, starting with the fact that Seagate's Anaheim and Mexicali manufacturing facilities were closed way back in 2000, and their sins are dead and buried with them, since the capital equipment is obsolete and has long been recycled, the employees have since moved elsewhere, and the drives of that era are scrapped or sitting idle in some computer nerd's junk drawer. Nearly all of Seagate's hard drive manufacturing was consolidated in Ireland thereafter, and subsequently went to Southeast Asia and China, just like everybody else.

As of today, if you buy a hard disk drive on the open market, regardless of actual brand or configuration (internal, external, SATA, USB), one way or another it is either a Seagate or a Western Digital, manufactured and assembled in Asia, and using most of the same upstream supply chain vendors (Hutchinson, Nidec). The only other independent brand player in that market is Toshiba, which deals almost exclusively in OE contracts.

FWIW I have used drives from nearly all of the major vendors since the late 1990s and still have more than a half dozen functional Seagates ranging from 80GB to 500GB, including at least four from a bulk RMA lot that were probably recertified but haven't caused any trouble.
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Postposted on Tue May 29, 2012 1:10 pm

Wow, I think you guys have it wrong.

If you try to say that you are 100% brand agnostic, you're lying. Everyone is biased.
That being said, I had an excellent source that gave me advice that served me well for many years. I rarely had a WD die on me, and that's about all I bought. All the dying IBM Deathstars (yes, I know WD rebranded some IBM drives - I avoided them) weren't a problem for me because I listened to what was happening in the industry and didn't rush to buy when a new model or tech came out. Same with Seagate, it wasn't remotely just my pop's advice that kept me not purchasing their drives. I avoided the 'cuda firmware fiasco and all the dying Seagates, and I'm still pretty sure what happened to Seagate has never happened on that scale with any other major manufacturer. Anecdotal information in conjunction with other facts is not useless, it's another usable point of data for consideration.

I know when the Anaheim fab closed. Doesn't mean the company or its practices improved after that date.
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Postposted on Tue May 29, 2012 1:25 pm

thegst wrote:If you try to say that you are 100% brand agnostic, you're lying. Everyone is biased.


Yeah, I got me some healthy, well-developed, and IMO well-earned hate for OCZ. If you say we're just considering spinning hard disks, though, I carry no prejudices. I think you're conflating favoritism with experience when you talk about "bias".

I do not play favorites, and have no preferred HDD brand. I do have brands which performed well or disappointed me personally, but my sample size is too small to assign long-term bias as a result.

I buy what hard disks give my desired convergence of GB/$/warranty length/performance. The name on the label means nothing, if the other items have been considered.

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Postposted on Tue May 29, 2012 1:27 pm

thegst wrote:If you try to say that you are 100% brand agnostic, you're lying. Everyone is biased.


Also, generalisms are always wrong, everyone lies, and two of these three statements are true.
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Postposted on Tue May 29, 2012 1:38 pm

Airmantharp wrote:I see your point here, but if you're taking the drive out of the enclosure then you could just have well bought the bare drive instead, unless this drive represents a bargain in comparison. Then, if you really wanted to use the drive as intended, you'd have to purchase a USB3 enclosure for it, adding to the cost.

My point was really just to remind people to look at the reviews. This drive has a very high failure rate, and in my opinion shouldn't have been mentioned here as it is itself not recommended.


Yeah, in that instance, I wanted a bare drive, but due to the price spike, box stores selling external drives were behind on raising prices. Essentially I bought the external drive for $80, when the bare drive alone would have been about $150.
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Re: $43 per TB, 3 TB seagate Hd, $129-amazon

Postposted on Tue May 29, 2012 2:03 pm

Forge, after what OCZ pulled with the Vertex 3 and the BSOD issue (which 2.15 for me finally fixed) i'll never touch another OCZ drive.
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