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Does the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3320613AS stink?

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June 24, 2008 2:25:05 PM

I must be a glutton for punishment because I just got two of these drives for a new system build - RAID 1.
Newegg ratings aren't so hot, but I read that it may be a problem with some Asus motherboards controllers, and my MB is a Gigabyte.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Has anyone had experience with the drive?

I got it because it is slim profile, quiet (they say) and energy efficient.

a b G Storage
June 24, 2008 2:42:44 PM

LOL, I looked at the newegg reviews for that drive and they totally stink. I loved this quote:

Quote:

Pros: It looks like a hard drive.


Good luck, man! At least you're using RAID 1 - you get a chance to save your files if a drive dies.
June 24, 2008 2:58:47 PM

I have one of those drives and its worked fine so far. Maybe I was just lucky, can't say. I do back up everything, having suffered a failed hard drive years ago that wasn't backed up properly. Have to look at other Seagate reviews carefully before I buy a new drive. Maybe its back to WD.
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a b G Storage
June 24, 2008 3:17:35 PM

I have one of these, no problems thus far. I have had it since September 2006. Fast, quiet, and 5 year warranty, what else could you want?
June 24, 2008 5:04:59 PM

techgeek said:
I have one of these, no problems thus far. I have had it since September 2006. Fast, quiet, and 5 year warranty, what else could you want?

:??:  The drive has been out for less than 6 months.
June 24, 2008 5:57:43 PM

I just got the drives - bubble wrap in a small crushed box with styrofoam peanuts. Maybe this explains the high failure rate? They are bare drives, but the packaging sucks.
I doubt hd manufactures would accept and RMA's drive packed that way.
June 24, 2008 6:08:19 PM

I have 2 X 500 and 2 X 750, had them for months. No problems.
June 24, 2008 6:16:12 PM

I recently built a computer for my cousin using the 7200.11 drive. It was a great drive he loves it no problems.
a b G Storage
June 25, 2008 5:45:57 AM

superfuzzy said:
:??:  The drive has been out for less than 6 months.


Sorry missed the .11 (11th generation), I have the 320GB Gen 10 drive. Essentially the same drive, or very similar.

My apologies.
June 25, 2008 10:05:15 AM

My first 750GB 7200.11 had firmware issues as well as an annoying accessing noise. My RMA'd one has the same accessing noise that happens every so often.

My 250GB 7200.11 has no problems. These are fast and all but they are risky.
June 25, 2008 10:40:26 AM

:fou:  In the process of RMAing a 500Mb .11 (ST3500320AS) which has died after about 6 weeks.

At least the other one is still working and I'm glad that I'm a RAID1 junkie :pt1cable:  .

a b G Storage
June 26, 2008 12:53:29 AM

You don't really want a 7200.11. Fast, but questionable reliability. The 7200.10's are nice drives though - quite reliable, and pretty cheap now that the .11's are out.
July 24, 2008 1:57:27 AM

I am on my second day of struggling with 2 Seagate ST3320613AS 7200.11 drives that in a Raid-0 array on the Asus P5E3 Deluxe system boards ACH9R Sata are running incredibally slow. It took hours to format. The drives have a fast initial burst of speed then rapidly slow down to less than floppy drive speed. For example,
when I tried to copy 2,861 items = 2.58 GB from a Raid-0 150GB Raptors I saw a brief burst of write speed of about 110 MB/s and it quickly slows down from there. After 20 minutes, Vista Home Premium 32 reported a transfer rate of 62 KB/s with 1,975 items = 1,35 GB left and an estimate of 1 hour 55 minutes to completion. When I cancel the job it takes about 20 minutes before the drive stops holding the system hostage as it prevents a restart of the system.

In an earlier case, I tried to copy 295,230 item = 39.4 GB and after an hour Vista reported there were still 209,604 items = 32.9 GB remaining and an estimate of 18 hours and 3 minutes left at its current transfer rate of 106 KB/s.

Am I just a victim of crappy Seagate 7200.11 drives, or will the ICH9R chip on an x38 Express system board not support 3 Raid-0 arrarys from 6 SATA drives? Seagate should be embarrased to sell hard drives that are supposed to be the latest and greatest and cannot keep up with a flopy drive in write performance.I am on my second day of struggling with 2 Seagate ST3320613AS 7200.11 drives that in a Raid-0 array on the Asus P5E3 Deluxe system boards ACH9R Sata are running incredibally slow. It took hours to format. The drives have a fast initial burst of speed then rapidly slow down to less than floppy drive speed. For example,
when I tried to copy 2,861 items = 2.58 GB from a Raid-0 150GB Raptors I saw a brief burst of write speed of about 110 MB/s and it quickly slows down from there. After 20 minutes, Vista Home Premium 32 reported a transfer rate of 62 KB/s with 1,975 items = 1,35 GB left and an estimate of 1 hour 55 minutes to completion. When I cancel the job it takes about 20 minutes before the drive stops holding the system hostage as it prevents a restart of the system.

In an earlier case, I tried to copy 295,230 item = 39.4 GB and after an hour Vista reported there were still 209,604 items = 32.9 GB remaining and an estimate of 18 hours and 3 minutes left at its current transfer rate of 106 KB/s.

Am I just a victim of crappy Seagate 7200.11 drives, or will the ICH9R chip on an x38 Express system board not support 3 Raid-0 arrarys from 6 SATA drives? Seagate should be embarrased to sell hard drives that are supposed to be the latest and greatest and cannot keep up with a flopy drive in write performance.
July 25, 2008 7:18:00 AM

kinda off topic but i have 2 7200.11 500gig drives in raid 0 and one 7200.10 320 gig drive in my case and they are they loudest thing in there. is there anyway without sacrificing airflow to quiet these down any? i mean anything im willing to try and any improvement ill take. sorry for posting here i just read it and i was reminded how much it bugged me. thanks for any help
July 31, 2008 8:38:30 PM

Update from the OP of the thread! It's been a month and no problems with the two drives configured as RAID1 primary drive. They run cool and quit, but I'm still checking the Event Viewer once a day just in case :) 
August 1, 2008 6:51:26 PM

I got one and it is not accessible. It is recognized by the system's BIOS and SeaTools but as a 0 MB capacity. Before it becomes inaccessible it worked fine for a day, configured and formatted successfully. In a system information tool it was caught up having the enormous capacity of 2 Terra Bytes!!!
August 17, 2008 5:25:12 PM

I've just RMA'd a ST3320613AS with Newegg. Worked great for a few days then started having write issues. Seagate tools says its ok sometimes, sometimes not. Also reports drive has been over 70 degrees C at some point. Hard to understand that, its been fan cooled. Anyway, rather than wait for the RMA replacement to complete, I've ordered a Hitachi 320GB. It has better reviews on Newegg than the ST3320613AS.
August 18, 2008 4:52:00 AM

How is this thread still alive? HAHA
August 19, 2008 5:58:02 PM

I bought the Barracuda 7200.11 500 Gig SATA version and after 6 months the drive failed. It caused the computer's power supply to shut off. When I unplugged the drive the power supply worked fine. I think it is probably the circuit board on the drive that died so in order to get the data back I will have to find a replacement board for this drive.

I wouldn't recommend buying a 7200.11 it's not worth the hassle.

Update: I measured the resistance of the 5 and 12 volt connections to the drive and it is the drive's circuit board that is at fault, I measured a dead short on the board from the +5 volt to ground. It shows 0 ohms and the problem is on the board because when I unscrewed the circuit board from the back of the drive and measure components on the board there is a short circuit on it.

Anybody have a spare spare board for a Seagate ST3500320AS Part number 9BX154-302 ? :sarcastic: 

I guess I will be checking ebay.
August 27, 2008 2:02:55 PM

there's no question that the drive is a great paper weight, I was suprised that the one I bought was the queitest thing that I have ever seen, yes it was spinning, it's a pity that it was dead out of the box, tried it in 2 computers, BIOS did not even see it
August 27, 2008 7:50:59 PM

superfuzzy said:
Update from the OP of the thread! It's been a month and no problems with the two drives configured as RAID1 primary drive. They run cool and quit, but I'm still checking the Event Viewer once a day just in case :) 


My two drives - RAID 1 are still working (crossing fingers)!

Check out the two latest comments at Newegg for the drive:

Reviewed on 8/21/2008
Pros: Seagate and Newegg Tech Support
Cons: 0 for 2 so far, I have another coming. First drive caused issues with my system and wouldn't initialize, second drive was at least recognized by the OS, but when I tried to format it failed.
Other Thoughts: Not a good buy!

Reviewed on 8/19/2008
Pros: None
Cons: Doa out of the box.
Other Thoughts: I received a bad one. It happens. It was still bad after first RMA.Second RMA is going back for refund.
September 3, 2008 9:03:35 PM

I've had the 500gb 7200.11 since mid January. No problems yet.
February 15, 2009 11:07:50 PM

Any news? Any more died yet? I'm tempted by his drives speed (see the TG charts)
February 15, 2009 11:08:49 PM

Sorry my last post didnt come up till i posted this one please delete.

p.s Where is the information for the Samsung SpinPoint F1 RAID Class in the charts? Ever since TG linked the charts to adverts the information has gone?????????? (tempted to say WTF but I won't)
March 18, 2009 1:37:50 PM

electronicsTech said:
I bought the Barracuda 7200.11 500 Gig SATA version and after 6 months the drive failed. It caused the computer's power supply to shut off. When I unplugged the drive the power supply worked fine. I think it is probably the circuit board on the drive that died so in order to get the data back I will have to find a replacement board for this drive.

I wouldn't recommend buying a 7200.11 it's not worth the hassle.

Update: I measured the resistance of the 5 and 12 volt connections to the drive and it is the drive's circuit board that is at fault, I measured a dead short on the board from the +5 volt to ground. It shows 0 ohms and the problem is on the board because when I unscrewed the circuit board from the back of the drive and measure components on the board there is a short circuit on it.

Anybody have a spare spare board for a Seagate ST3500320AS Part number 9BX154-302 ? :sarcastic: 

I guess I will be checking ebay.


electronicsTech, did you ever get your drive working... I have a 7200.11 1TB drive that I think did the same thing. It all sounds ok but nothing will recognize it (external or internally). I've tried that trick swapping system boards with laptop drives but never been successful, just wondering if you had any luck, there's some data that would be nice to have back.

thanks!
March 18, 2009 4:41:41 PM

My 7200.11 was wery loud was working 6 months but fail yestarday. It is failing because old firmware. If you will update fw it use to work fine. So im waiting for a new one. Hope new one will not be loud
a b G Storage
May 16, 2009 7:21:15 AM

Hooray! This is the primary hard drive on my system... I should've started participating in the TH forums before picking out parts for my budget gaming PC. Sigh...
June 11, 2009 2:16:41 PM

Another Seagate Baracuda 7200.11 bites the dust. My drive is under warranty until 2015 so I can get a replacement but there is no help for 500 gig of lost data. Speed and quiet are great assets but on hard drives and other hardware, reliability and durability matter most. What good are whiz-bang specs on a drive that dies after six months. Too many Seagate drives have problems. I won't use them again until they completely resolve their quality control and firmware issues!
June 11, 2009 5:14:33 PM

Budget said:
Another Seagate Baracuda 7200.11 bites the dust. My drive is under warranty until 2015 so I can get a replacement but there is no help for 500 gig of lost data...


I'm the OP, not sure if I was lucky but the two Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3320613AS drives are working fine - and it's been just about a year. There is really no excuse in losing 500 GB of data. Come on, any drive can fail and you gotta back up.
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a b G Storage
June 27, 2009 12:50:44 PM

hai i have all most the same hd only a bit bigger i have 2 x 500 gig
but may be i guess so it wil have the same flaw's as mine did.
because in seagate 7200.11 in the bigger drives there is a new kid of prog code jused, and you can fix it by the site from seagate .
just register or before.
check it out by the site and look for your modelnr and then it it will ask you for your serialnr from the drive where you have the problm's .
then it will tell you and give you de firmware download's.



Importand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



one thing before you start the whole process it' can't be done while your os or any data is on the disk because its getting wiped out and burn the program on a cd after this reinstall the os and it working better.

i hope it works for you as it did for me.

good luck
rwijgman@versatel.nl
June 29, 2009 5:54:48 AM

My peanut packed bubble rapped 1 gb 7200.11 Worked perfect for six months. Then it died for no reason. I found out about the firmware issue after. My 1 gb WD that I bought as a replacement is working perfect. Good Luck
September 6, 2009 8:59:52 PM

Mine died - same as everyone else 0GB displayed. What's really annoying is you know the drive isn't really dead, but there's no easy fix. Seagate needs to step up to the plate and offer to recover the data. A search for '0GB 7200.11' will give Seagate all the negative publicity they cold possibly want.
January 6, 2011 3:35:19 PM

Of the two drives one is acting flakey - 10+ reallocated sectors and was disappearing from the bios from time to time. The other drive is still working, no SMART errors (knock wood!). Still under warranty to going in for RMA.
a c 289 G Storage
January 6, 2011 5:33:20 PM

Interesting to see this bumped. The 7200.11 series was jinxed. Higher failure rate than the .10 or .12 series (which means that 99% of these in the wild probably worked find).

Oddly, I was working at a major bank when Sybase 11 came out, and it was a disaster. We ended up running a one-off bugfix version until 12 came out. Maybe revision 11 is just cursed?
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