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Seagate 320GB faulty batch????

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May 1, 2009 10:05:39 AM

This HDD 'Seagate Serial ATA-300, 7200 RPM, 16MB - MPN: ST3320613AS)' does quite well in Toms charts [3.5 hd chart] in various categories and looks like good value. But 'Newegg' reviews score it at 3 because of breakdowns after 3 to 5 months. Was this a bad batch or does this HDD have an inherent problem.
Anybody got any inside info on it?
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May 1, 2009 11:45:57 AM

7200.11 series has a firmware fault with many problems . Not just the 320 , biut other 7200.11 as well .

The 7200.10 is a lot slower

The 7200.12 ... who knows but I dont trust seagate .

For performance go WD black series or samsung
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May 4, 2009 9:36:17 AM

Thanks to Outlander_04 and Mrlinux for your input. I think I will give them a go and see what happens.
May 4, 2009 7:32:02 PM

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The 7200.11 dont buy.

The 7200.12 1TB was rated a "kick ass" 9 by maximum pc.


what matters is how the drive performs after a year. magazine review writers have minimal information about longevity.

that's where the Newegg reviews are helpful - a rash of DOA's is something some potential customers want to know about.

the problem is, it's possible to game the Newegg reviews. you don't know if it's a genuine customer with a bad drive, or a competitor of the drive manufacturer performing "web relations" work.
May 4, 2009 8:58:46 PM

I figured there must be a bit of 'gaming' as you say Raviolissimo, and some of the reviews appear to me to have obviously been written by a competitor...have you or anyone else have links to testing or reviews which are based on a year or so of use?
Also, Zipzoomflyhigh, are you associated with 'Zip Zoom Fly' ?
In any case, to both of you, thanks for taking the time to respond.
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