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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 worth it?

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April 22, 2009 9:43:49 AM

Hey guys,

I have been looking and looking for a good internal hard drive for my new system but I am a little lost in finding a good quality hard drive I can count on for a low price. I am on a budget of about $800 for the whole computer so I don't need more than a 500g hard drive atm. I was looking at getting the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM (Link - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...). If you guys could give me any advise if this is a good HD to go with or if there is a different one I should buy for a similar price.

Thanks guys,

Chris
a b G Storage
April 22, 2009 2:46:42 PM

The specs on that drive look good, but I've seen a lot of negative reviews on Newegg for it. Even if the problem that plagued the 7200.11 series has been fixed, this one appears to have some quality issues all its own. You might consider a Western Digital Black or Blue edition.
April 22, 2009 3:12:49 PM

the 7200.12 500GB is about the fastest SATA drive on the market today, can even come close to the raptors, i own one and love it.
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April 23, 2009 9:44:06 AM

There aren't any "quality" issues with the 7200.12. If you want the lowest power and fastest 7200rpm drive of all time, the get the 7200.12. It also has a great combo at newegg for $55 off with Vista Ultimate or $20 off with Premium.
April 23, 2009 10:24:50 AM

Onus said:
The specs on that drive look good, but I've seen a lot of negative reviews on Newegg for it. Even if the problem that plagued the 7200.11 series has been fixed, this one appears to have some quality issues all its own. You might consider a Western Digital Black or Blue edition.


I don't take a lot of stock in Newegg reviews. I looked through them and one guy said that his died after 6 months, the drive has only been available for 3. That said, Seagate has had their share of problems. I have 2 7200.11 drives and they're great but I may be the exception.

OP, I Would consider a 7200.12 but one of the WD Black drives would be good as well.
April 23, 2009 5:12:04 PM

Ive got a 7200.12 500Gb and i love it. Its tiny, cool, and has a single platter so its fast and reliable. Dont know what issues were mentioned as all the reviews i read on newegg were positive save for the rare DOA, But i havent had a single one. I average 135mb/s read and write. Thats insane for the $60 i paid.
April 23, 2009 5:17:46 PM

I've got a 7200.12 in one of my computers and its worked fine so far. It is not as fast as the Raptor that I have in a different computer, nowhere near as fast in my opinion, but its plenty fast for a business computer that rarely gets turned off. Between Seagate and WD, I normally look for price per gigabyte, so I'm pretty neutral as far as which is best.
a b G Storage
April 23, 2009 10:22:59 PM

Yeah, Newegg reviews aren't too reliable, but I was at least hoping for consistency, or for it to be easier to spot (and disregard) the drones.
April 24, 2009 6:05:10 AM

The .12 has a different firmware due to a different cache size but physically over all is the same as the .11, but it should not have the issues that the .11 had.
a c 96 G Storage
April 24, 2009 10:07:35 AM

It's a pretty safe bet to get the 7200.12 Seagate 500GB.
a b G Storage
April 24, 2009 12:51:33 PM

The power consumption on it does look pretty good.
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