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Plug and Play with no software to install
Simply drag-and-drop to save files
7200 RPM performance, 3TB
Built-in power management ensures energy-efficient operation
USB 2.0 Interface
Seagate 3tb usb2.0 desktop expansion drvie
1 year limited
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Drive makes loud clicking noise & eventually fails.
The symptom: Drive works fine for the first few GB's, and once it gets somewhere around 50 to 300 GB, it starts making loud clicking noise. The more data added to the drive the more frequent the clicking noise become and eventually the drive fails.
Analysis: As the first few sectors of the platter / platters, the traveling distance (from the edge of palter to the center) for the head arm is not that great. But as more data gets written to the disk, inner sectors of platters gets occupied with data. That's when the problem starts.
Without going into technical details, the issue here is not the drive. It is the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) that is installed in these external enclosures. This board regulates & provide power to the drive and in simple terms, there is not enough power for the disk to spin and for the head arm to extend far to reach inner sectors of the platter / platters...
This review is for the 1TB product, just so we're clear. Amazon seems to slap them all together ignoring the drive sizes and you can't do that with hard drives. I'm a Seagate man. All my hard drives/externals are Seagate or Hitachi...keep that in mind.
I purchased the drive in June of 2010, it was in it's death bed by August of 2010. The drive was used with a media box, a hdprimo to be precise, from brite-view. The drive worked fine for about a few weeks and then developed clicking noises.
I performed tests from Seagate (Seatools) and the drive tested fine, so I figured the drive was probably just one of those louder ones which make noises when either going to sleep or waking (despite my better judgment which states "loud clicking hard drives are 90% of the time ready to die" - my view changed because recently I noticed and have had several situations (that other 10%) where loud clicking drives worked fine for years. The tests were passed, but I'd only done...
I'm a software developer, and have been for 25 years. I've owned desktop computers all my life and purchased my first external hard drive from Apple in 1985. 8 months after I purchased this drive, it suddenly, for no apparent reason, stopped reading/writing data. It was connected to a single Windows desktop and was never moved. Seagate was happy to replace the drive for me, but could not provide any help in recovering data. A local authorized dealer examined the drive and confirmed that the drive could be seen on the USB bus, but would not read/write data or mount. Seagate offered to recover data from it, "beginning at $499". You gotta be kidding Seagate…you sell me a drive that completely fails after just a few months and then want to ream me further to try and get data off your own drive? I'll never buy a Seagate product again, and would rate this ZERO stars for poor design (curved edges, really?), poor build quality, poor solutions, poor customer support, poor product.
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