• Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DL003
Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DL003

Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DL003

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  • A unique 5900-RPM speed delivers faster performance than 5400-RPM drives
  • Seagate SmartAlign technology provides the benefits of the new Advanced Format 4K sector standard without the hassles - not utilities, no extra steps
  • Plenty of capacity for storage-hungry applications
  • The SATA 6Gb/s interface and 64MB cache maximize performance, especially in cache-intensive applications
  • Best-Fit Applications include: High-capacity desktop storage, Direct Attached Storage devices - USB/Firewire/eSata, Network Attached Storage devices and Windows storage servers, PCs

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One of two failed in ~2 hours, replacement good so far I purchased two of these drives to expand my raid-1 from 1TB to 2TB. I removed drive 2 (HDD2) from the unit, and replaced it with one of the new Seagate drives. It rebuilt in 3 1/2 hours. I moved that drive to the drive 1 slot (HDD1), and put the other new Segate drive in slot 2 (HDD2). After approx. 2 hrs., the raid unit was showing a red led for drive 2, and sent a message to the screen that it could not continue with the rebuild. I pulled HDD2, and tried to format it again. The PC (iMac i7) could not see the drive, so I tried my MS machine (Windows 7), and although it showed a drive as RAW - NO FORMAT, I could not do anything with it. The platters were spinning, but I never heard the heads move.The drives are exceptionally quiet, and even after the one drive ran for 3 1/2 hours, it was much cooler than the 1T WD drive. However, the 2 X 1T WD drives haven't failed in two years.I've returned the drive to Amazon, and they, as always, are sending a replacement unit while I box up the defective one for return.I've been ordering from Amazon since the mid 90's, and I have never had a single problem with shipping or returns.*** I received the replacement disk, and installed it in the raid box, and it rebuilt with no problems encountered. These two disks must disapate significantly less than prior disks. The two drives ran for 11 hrs. copying data, and were still cool (just above room temp.) when the re-build finished.These drives will be in constant use on a video production system, so I will modify this review if there is some change to report. I changed the rating to 4, as I am very impressed with the noise level and low heat generation of these drives. 4I have had this one running for 6 years and it is still going strong. But..... I purchased this on February 9, 2012 and it is still running strong 6 years later. I am only now reviewing it because I had thought this was a WD all of this time and had ignored Seagate for years now. I had forgotten just how long I have had this and thought I should do a quick review write up to praise it a bit.I am in the market for a new drive because of the three I have in this computer a 256G SSD as the main a 500GB WD as a secondary and a 2 TB Seagate as the third, they are all full and have been for a long while. I have a back up external that is a 500G Seagate that has corrupted a time or two but is still there if I need to plug it in.I have been using WD's for the most part after some Seagate failures in the past. To be fair I have lost some WD's as well. I thought I was running all WD;s at this point but just realized this is a Seagate, I bought it here 6 years ago. February 9, 2012 to be exact. To be fair it may have spent anywhere from 1 - 2 years not installed at all. Even now it will shut down after some time of in activity, maybe 30 minutes. I did this based on some online troubleshooting recommendations when I installed the SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB SATA 6.0GB I purchased back in June 30, 2014 because it never was performing to near its alleged specs and I guess just never undid it. The 500g WD was bought with another just like it back in 08. This one is still going strong as you can see and was at one point for years the main drive with the op sys etc on it. The other is on a shelf with drives back through some sub gig drives that still work but obviously were to small as the years moved forward. But nearly all of those are WD's. I don't think I have another functioning Seagate though in spite of having back in the day bought those mostly over WD so for that reason I think I will remain with WD.I haven't tested them in any way but looking at dates I should probably put a rush on buying a couple of new HD's 5Better than the older model I bought five of these HDD's to match a Synology DS1511. After one month of use, I have no complains.I'm using previous Seagate 2TB LP (ST32000542AS) for over a year now. And, I was never very pleased by the older model: it make some strange noises that scared in the beginning. All four ST32000542AS units that I have do the same strange "click" noise. Googling I discovered that this annoying noise is normal for the first LP generation. This is a problem when you have 5 of then working together in a NAS.So, the first improve I noticed in STL2000DL003 is the quiet operation. Then I made some benchmarks using HD Tach:- Compared with ST32000542AS (firmware updated to CC35) the unit is faster in average read (113MB/s against 97.1MB/s) and uses less CPU (2% against 3%), but has worst Random access (17.4ms against 14.2ms).- Compared with WD20EARS: the unit is faster in average read (113MB/s against 100.6MB/s) and same CPU use (2%), but has worst in Random access (17.4ms against 16.2ms).Anyway, it's a nice HDD for the price.Other Thoughts: Some people do prefer WD hard drives, but in my experience there is no advantage in this particular brand. In the past I need to use worldwide RMA (from Brazil, to be specific) from WD and from Seagate. More than one time for both companies. Seagate was always fast and painless: no more than one week between send the defective unit and receive a new one (again: outside USA!).But with WD was a nightmare every time! More than one month to receive back the same unit, but refurbished. Guess what? The defective unit that they refurbished and sent me back has become defective again... Another "over a month" waiting for a solution. This happened more than one time, first with external HDD then with internal HDD (green caviar)! Since these events, I never bought a WD again and I don't recommend to anyone.So, in my opinion and my experience, the Seagate costumer service is another highlight for this HDD. 5Poor Seagate Quality strikes again External & Internal Seagate drives are and _continue to be_ the most failure prone drives I've had the misfortune of buying.Here are the Seagate Drives I have used over the past several years:Seagate 1.5TB FreeAgent ST315005FDA2E1 (External) - Both units failed within 6 monthsSegate 3TB Backup Plus (External) - Both units drop out on a semi-regular basis. Acceptable as I have written a script to work around it.Seagate Barracuda ST2000DL003 2TB Drives - Used this as internal HTPC and JBOD drives - Purchased 15 drives, 5 failed within 2 years - either reporting SMART errors or make clicking noises.I purchased 4 of their new 4TB STDT4000100 drives locally at a higher price to beta test. It was my intention to purchase 4-6 more from Amazon if they worked well.- One was faulty out of the box. It's transfer rate never exceed 30MB/s. I changed cables, USB 3.0 controllers and computers. No change.- One dropped every few hours during my HDD testing (see below) and therefore were not reliable- One worked fine- One ran 5-8degC hotter than the other and was nosier.ALL of the Seagate drives ran too hot - all SMART temps were reporting 45-55degC in a cool office environment during routine backup operations. The external drive cases are poorly designed with no proper cooling channels/paths. If set horizontally, there are no holes on top of the drive. If place on their edge, one set of holes is 'sealed' - and it lacks standoffs.With any HDD, I perform a series of tests to screen out any early failures, starting with a performance read/write test by Crystal Mark. I wrote a script for the Crystal Disk Mark - Disk Mark to perform 5 each of the following: 100MB / 500MB/ 1000MB / 4000MB. After this is completed, I run a 2 pass security disk wipe. Once all of these are completed and the drive has 'stretched its legs', I'll run Pass Mark's Disk Checkup - within this tool is a 'Extended Disk Self Test". While these tests take a few days to run, the drives that make it through usually last two years or more.To level the playing field: No other device can be operating on the same controller during this testing. If a drive 'fails' or 'drops out', I will move it to a different computer with a different controller. As a reference, I regularly use these same ports for my other drives/drive enclosures based on HGST NAS drives.I am fanatical about HDD care and run 12TB RAID 60 and a 8TB RAID 10 servers in my home for media, DVR, surveillance, and work duties (I run two businesses out of my home). I was hoping to use these external Seagate drives as weekly stationary offline backup. (I have another set of drives that are rotated monthly offsite for critical/previous data in case of a catastrophic loss).I now run Hitachi/HGST drives almost exclusively...I am hoping that WD doesn't screw them up since they were purchased by Western Digital. I tried two of the WD 4TB Premium My Book (External unit that uses WD Red Drives). Performance is OK, price point is high - but so far, so good.Never Again will I purchase a Seagate Product... 1Is working well in my FreeNAS solution I purchased two of these to expand my storage capacity on my FreeNAS home server. I had a pair of Western Digital 7200rpm drives, and added these Seagate 5900rpm drives to the mix. I was hopeful that with 4 drives in the array the speed difference wouldn't be too noticeable.After rebuilding my volume, I had a 6TB container running RAIDZ1 (equivalent to RAID5) with decent transfer speeds. The limitation for me was definitely my network interface. I consistently can stream files over the network at 85Mb/s and the drives are more than capable of keeping up.Running local tests I find that with my combination of drives and motherboard, I'm able to see sustained write speeds that fluctuate between 900Mb/s and 1.03Gb/s. I have a feeling these could be a touch higher if the Seagate drives were 7200rpm units, but for my needs (backing all my home PCs up to the NAS, storing music & pictures) I'm more than happy.The drives also seem to run a little cooler than my WD drives which makes sense because they spin a little slower.For the money (I caught them on sale) I highly recommend. Drives prices are still too high due to the flooding in the Asian tech markets, but if you need lots of storage these are hard to beat. I would stagger them with another brand, and run them in a mirrored or RAID5 (or 1+0) configuration to reduce the risk of losing data to a bad drive or even a bad batch of drives. 4Bad experience. I can't honestly evaluate the product as I never received the proper hard disk drive. I received a different model Seagate 2T drive and additionally, the drive I did receive was defective and slower than what I ordered. I hadn't realized I had the wrong item at first, I discovered that when I had problems and returned to my Amazon account to check the Deal-Stop return policy/proceedure for defective items and discovered the difference in Model number (only one digit was different). The drive did receive was model ST2000DL001 and was a lot slower but still 2T. Deal-Stops invoice had the correct Model and Serial Number for the drive I received.I had problems trying to install Windows 7 on the drive. Windows 7 returned an error saying it could not configure the drive. I assumed it was something I did at first, but could not get the drive loaded properly even with help from Microsoft support. I eventually downloaded software from Seagate to test and possibly repair the drive. When I first called Deal-Stop to return the drive they were not very co-operative told me it was under warrenty and I should send it to Seagate instead of return it. After I discovered the model number I received was different from what I ordered Deal-Stop became very co-operative. Because Deal-Stop had sent the wrong item, I couldn't send it to Seagate for repair/replacement and get what I ordered. Deal-Stop gave me a return Authorization at that point which expired within 15 days. I returned the drive re-paid the next day at my expence($14.27). The following day I recieved another email from Deal-Stop with a return UPS Label, too late for me to use. I called Deal-Stop and was told me they could not refund my UPS Charges since Amazon would not let them refund more than I had paid, even though they sent the wrong item. Deal-Stop also took a week longer than they said it would take to refund my money. As a result I still am without a new Hard Drive. And $14.27 poorer. I droped 2 stars for getting the wrong item and then 2 more for they way they handled the problems.My Advice to all is to FIRST double check the verify any item you receive is exactly as you ordered and make sure you get a pre-paid return label before returning something that is wrong or defective. Also, if you get hard drive, see if the manufacturer has test software to check it out completely, before wasting a week to load it then find any problems. Sometimes even brand new hard drives can be defective, because the firmware will load and pass a quick test. 1Multiple drives lasted around 7 years... I purchased one of these drive in March 2011 and a second one in March 2012. They were used in a file server that was running >99% of the time. One drive failed in August 2018 and the other failed in November 2018. That's 7yr, 5mo for one drive and 6yrs, 8mo the other. Taking into account the life expectancy of hard drives is around three to five years, I would consider the ST2000DL003 to have done its job admirably. 4Can't Beat the Capacity (for the price) We picked up two of these to run inside our network attached storage drive. I had read online that there can be issues with drive spin-up and data retrieval. I can certainly see where comments like that came from. The drives are built to automatically spin down after a certain period of inactivity. This is smart, because it saves power, heat and wear on the motor. However, the first time I access the drive after not using it for a while (letting the drive spin down), there's a few second delay (over my network). It's not a horrible lag, but is certainly enough to be noticed.However, the drives have performed wonderfully to this point. They're very quiet, run cool (just over 100 degrees F in an enclosure), and haven't had an error or issue yet. After two months, I'm very happy with the purchase. I certainly could have purchased drives at two or three times the cost of these Seagate models that would have eliminated that start-up lag, but I'm just trying to store family photos and files, and the drive does a great job at that. And it's fast enough to play HD video back out over the network once it spins up.If you need server-grade results, buy a server-grade hard drive. If you just need to store a large amount of data in your home environment for a fantastic price, this is an excellent option. 4Great Drives for NAS I purchased 5 of these along with Synology DS1511+ NAS from Amazon back in April, 2011 for my home. I can't say about how they perform as internal drives for a desktop or in an USB/eSATA external enclosure, but I can definitely state that they work great as NAS drives. I have these configured as RAID6, which means you can lose up to 2 disks and still have your volume intact (but at point you won't have fault tolerance). The NAS I got itself is a high-efficient unit, and combined with these green drives it definitely consumes less power than the two servers that I replaced...and I have 5.44TB of fault tolerant storage accessible from my 10 PCs/Macs.I saw other reviewers commenting about them not being "high-performance" drives. That is correct, this drive was never intended to be used as your primary drive for your system. If you're looking for a high-performance drives, you should definitely look for 7,200/10,000rpm drives with 16/32MB cache.However, when used in a RAID configuration, these drives will deliver high-performance with overall reduced power consumption. In my NAS I was able to sustain around 160MB/S throughput writing to NAS over gigabit network (and even faster reading from it). There's nothing low-performance about these drives when used in a proper setting. The drive is also quiet. Standing next to my NAS, I can't hear any drive noise even with 5 drives side-by-side.Bottom line, don't purchase drives purely based on price and capacity. You don't buy Prius for high-performance, why expect high-performance from a "Green" drive? Identify what you're going to do with it, then look for qualifying drives for best result. I would have never purchased this to be used in my desktop (for performance) and neither should you. 5Works great in ReadyNAS Duo: 3700+ hrs and no errors I bought two of these drives in January 2012; one from Amazon and one from Newegg. At the time, Newegg was having some issues about how they were shipping their OEM drives (wrapped in bubble wrap, but otherwise loose in the box), but I was glad to see that both drives arrived double-boxed, with the drive in an anti-static bag with plastic holders on each end to prevent the drive from bouncing around. I rate both retailers equal in that regard.The drives were purchased for a ReadyNAS Duo upgrade, so I did not do any benchmarking on a PC for speed. This model was one of just a few 2TB drives approved by Netgear to run in the ReadyNAS Duo. After verifying that the firmware was up to date on the drives, backing up the existing ReadyNAS drives, and doing the requisite upgrades to the ReadyNAS to handle the advanced format 2TB drives, both of these drives were placed into service.Since this operation was basically a new drive installation, with a new secondary drive as well, the first drive was inserted and the ReadyNAS did the setup work it needed to perform. I then inserted the second drive and gave it a chance to mirror the data on the first drive before reloading any additional data.Once the mirroring process was complete, I began to restore nearly 1TB of data back onto the ReadyNAS. This took some time, but there weren't any problems transferring thousands of large and small files alike.Here we are, over five months and 3700+ operating hours later (almost continuous operation save for a few power-down periods), and there haven't been any problems. No errors reported through the SMART tests, and I have not found any data corruption problems. The drives are running quietly relative to the fan in the ReadyNAS at 95/96 degrees F in a 77F room.Since I didn't do any benchmarking on these drives, I don't know how happy I would be with them in a desktop environment from a performance standpoint. However, after more than five months of continuous duty and no issues, I'm happy with their reliability so far. Given that I would be looking for performance over power-savings in a desktop, I'd look at Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive and Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Internal Desktop Hard Drive - WD2002FAEX first for desktop data storage needs (the OS should go on an SSD, like the Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2). 4
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Description
  • A unique 5900-RPM speed delivers faster performance than 5400-RPM drives
  • Seagate SmartAlign technology provides the benefits of the new Advanced Format 4K sector standard without the hassles - not utilities, no extra steps
  • Plenty of capacity for storage-hungry applications
  • The SATA 6Gb/s interface and 64MB cache maximize performance, especially in cache-intensive applications
  • Best-Fit Applications include: High-capacity desktop storage, Direct Attached Storage devices - USB/Firewire/eSata, Network Attached Storage devices and Windows storage servers, PCs
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Customer Reviews

One of two failed in ~2 hours, replacement good so far I purchased two of these drives to expand my raid-1 from 1TB to 2TB. I removed drive 2 (HDD2) from the unit, and replaced it with one of the new Seagate drives. It rebuilt in 3 1/2 hours. I moved that drive to the drive 1 slot (HDD1), and put the other new Segate drive in slot 2 (HDD2). After approx. 2 hrs., the raid unit was showing a red led for drive 2, and sent a message to the screen that it could not continue with the rebuild. I pulled HDD2, and tried to format it again. The PC (iMac i7) could not see the drive, so I tried my MS machine (Windows 7), and although it showed a drive as RAW - NO FORMAT, I could not do anything with it. The platters were spinning, but I never heard the heads move.The drives are exceptionally quiet, and even after the one drive ran for 3 1/2 hours, it was much cooler than the 1T WD drive. However, the 2 X 1T WD drives haven't failed in two years.I've returned the drive to Amazon, and they, as always, are sending a replacement unit while I box up the defective one for return.I've been ordering from Amazon since the mid 90's, and I have never had a single problem with shipping or returns.*** I received the replacement disk, and installed it in the raid box, and it rebuilt with no problems encountered. These two disks must disapate significantly less than prior disks. The two drives ran for 11 hrs. copying data, and were still cool (just above room temp.) when the re-build finished.These drives will be in constant use on a video production system, so I will modify this review if there is some change to report. I changed the rating to 4, as I am very impressed with the noise level and low heat generation of these drives. 4I have had this one running for 6 years and it is still going strong. But..... I purchased this on February 9, 2012 and it is still running strong 6 years later. I am only now reviewing it because I had thought this was a WD all of this time and had ignored Seagate for years now. I had forgotten just how long I have had this and thought I should do a quick review write up to praise it a bit.I am in the market for a new drive because of the three I have in this computer a 256G SSD as the main a 500GB WD as a secondary and a 2 TB Seagate as the third, they are all full and have been for a long while. I have a back up external that is a 500G Seagate that has corrupted a time or two but is still there if I need to plug it in.I have been using WD's for the most part after some Seagate failures in the past. To be fair I have lost some WD's as well. I thought I was running all WD;s at this point but just realized this is a Seagate, I bought it here 6 years ago. February 9, 2012 to be exact. To be fair it may have spent anywhere from 1 - 2 years not installed at all. Even now it will shut down after some time of in activity, maybe 30 minutes. I did this based on some online troubleshooting recommendations when I installed the SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB SATA 6.0GB I purchased back in June 30, 2014 because it never was performing to near its alleged specs and I guess just never undid it. The 500g WD was bought with another just like it back in 08. This one is still going strong as you can see and was at one point for years the main drive with the op sys etc on it. The other is on a shelf with drives back through some sub gig drives that still work but obviously were to small as the years moved forward. But nearly all of those are WD's. I don't think I have another functioning Seagate though in spite of having back in the day bought those mostly over WD so for that reason I think I will remain with WD.I haven't tested them in any way but looking at dates I should probably put a rush on buying a couple of new HD's 5Better than the older model I bought five of these HDD's to match a Synology DS1511. After one month of use, I have no complains.I'm using previous Seagate 2TB LP (ST32000542AS) for over a year now. And, I was never very pleased by the older model: it make some strange noises that scared in the beginning. All four ST32000542AS units that I have do the same strange "click" noise. Googling I discovered that this annoying noise is normal for the first LP generation. This is a problem when you have 5 of then working together in a NAS.So, the first improve I noticed in STL2000DL003 is the quiet operation. Then I made some benchmarks using HD Tach:- Compared with ST32000542AS (firmware updated to CC35) the unit is faster in average read (113MB/s against 97.1MB/s) and uses less CPU (2% against 3%), but has worst Random access (17.4ms against 14.2ms).- Compared with WD20EARS: the unit is faster in average read (113MB/s against 100.6MB/s) and same CPU use (2%), but has worst in Random access (17.4ms against 16.2ms).Anyway, it's a nice HDD for the price.Other Thoughts: Some people do prefer WD hard drives, but in my experience there is no advantage in this particular brand. In the past I need to use worldwide RMA (from Brazil, to be specific) from WD and from Seagate. More than one time for both companies. Seagate was always fast and painless: no more than one week between send the defective unit and receive a new one (again: outside USA!).But with WD was a nightmare every time! More than one month to receive back the same unit, but refurbished. Guess what? The defective unit that they refurbished and sent me back has become defective again... Another "over a month" waiting for a solution. This happened more than one time, first with external HDD then with internal HDD (green caviar)! Since these events, I never bought a WD again and I don't recommend to anyone.So, in my opinion and my experience, the Seagate costumer service is another highlight for this HDD. 5Poor Seagate Quality strikes again External & Internal Seagate drives are and _continue to be_ the most failure prone drives I've had the misfortune of buying.Here are the Seagate Drives I have used over the past several years:Seagate 1.5TB FreeAgent ST315005FDA2E1 (External) - Both units failed within 6 monthsSegate 3TB Backup Plus (External) - Both units drop out on a semi-regular basis. Acceptable as I have written a script to work around it.Seagate Barracuda ST2000DL003 2TB Drives - Used this as internal HTPC and JBOD drives - Purchased 15 drives, 5 failed within 2 years - either reporting SMART errors or make clicking noises.I purchased 4 of their new 4TB STDT4000100 drives locally at a higher price to beta test. It was my intention to purchase 4-6 more from Amazon if they worked well.- One was faulty out of the box. It's transfer rate never exceed 30MB/s. I changed cables, USB 3.0 controllers and computers. No change.- One dropped every few hours during my HDD testing (see below) and therefore were not reliable- One worked fine- One ran 5-8degC hotter than the other and was nosier.ALL of the Seagate drives ran too hot - all SMART temps were reporting 45-55degC in a cool office environment during routine backup operations. The external drive cases are poorly designed with no proper cooling channels/paths. If set horizontally, there are no holes on top of the drive. If place on their edge, one set of holes is 'sealed' - and it lacks standoffs.With any HDD, I perform a series of tests to screen out any early failures, starting with a performance read/write test by Crystal Mark. I wrote a script for the Crystal Disk Mark - Disk Mark to perform 5 each of the following: 100MB / 500MB/ 1000MB / 4000MB. After this is completed, I run a 2 pass security disk wipe. Once all of these are completed and the drive has 'stretched its legs', I'll run Pass Mark's Disk Checkup - within this tool is a 'Extended Disk Self Test". While these tests take a few days to run, the drives that make it through usually last two years or more.To level the playing field: No other device can be operating on the same controller during this testing. If a drive 'fails' or 'drops out', I will move it to a different computer with a different controller. As a reference, I regularly use these same ports for my other drives/drive enclosures based on HGST NAS drives.I am fanatical about HDD care and run 12TB RAID 60 and a 8TB RAID 10 servers in my home for media, DVR, surveillance, and work duties (I run two businesses out of my home). I was hoping to use these external Seagate drives as weekly stationary offline backup. (I have another set of drives that are rotated monthly offsite for critical/previous data in case of a catastrophic loss).I now run Hitachi/HGST drives almost exclusively...I am hoping that WD doesn't screw them up since they were purchased by Western Digital. I tried two of the WD 4TB Premium My Book (External unit that uses WD Red Drives). Performance is OK, price point is high - but so far, so good.Never Again will I purchase a Seagate Product... 1Is working well in my FreeNAS solution I purchased two of these to expand my storage capacity on my FreeNAS home server. I had a pair of Western Digital 7200rpm drives, and added these Seagate 5900rpm drives to the mix. I was hopeful that with 4 drives in the array the speed difference wouldn't be too noticeable.After rebuilding my volume, I had a 6TB container running RAIDZ1 (equivalent to RAID5) with decent transfer speeds. The limitation for me was definitely my network interface. I consistently can stream files over the network at 85Mb/s and the drives are more than capable of keeping up.Running local tests I find that with my combination of drives and motherboard, I'm able to see sustained write speeds that fluctuate between 900Mb/s and 1.03Gb/s. I have a feeling these could be a touch higher if the Seagate drives were 7200rpm units, but for my needs (backing all my home PCs up to the NAS, storing music & pictures) I'm more than happy.The drives also seem to run a little cooler than my WD drives which makes sense because they spin a little slower.For the money (I caught them on sale) I highly recommend. Drives prices are still too high due to the flooding in the Asian tech markets, but if you need lots of storage these are hard to beat. I would stagger them with another brand, and run them in a mirrored or RAID5 (or 1+0) configuration to reduce the risk of losing data to a bad drive or even a bad batch of drives. 4Bad experience. I can't honestly evaluate the product as I never received the proper hard disk drive. I received a different model Seagate 2T drive and additionally, the drive I did receive was defective and slower than what I ordered. I hadn't realized I had the wrong item at first, I discovered that when I had problems and returned to my Amazon account to check the Deal-Stop return policy/proceedure for defective items and discovered the difference in Model number (only one digit was different). The drive did receive was model ST2000DL001 and was a lot slower but still 2T. Deal-Stops invoice had the correct Model and Serial Number for the drive I received.I had problems trying to install Windows 7 on the drive. Windows 7 returned an error saying it could not configure the drive. I assumed it was something I did at first, but could not get the drive loaded properly even with help from Microsoft support. I eventually downloaded software from Seagate to test and possibly repair the drive. When I first called Deal-Stop to return the drive they were not very co-operative told me it was under warrenty and I should send it to Seagate instead of return it. After I discovered the model number I received was different from what I ordered Deal-Stop became very co-operative. Because Deal-Stop had sent the wrong item, I couldn't send it to Seagate for repair/replacement and get what I ordered. Deal-Stop gave me a return Authorization at that point which expired within 15 days. I returned the drive re-paid the next day at my expence($14.27). The following day I recieved another email from Deal-Stop with a return UPS Label, too late for me to use. I called Deal-Stop and was told me they could not refund my UPS Charges since Amazon would not let them refund more than I had paid, even though they sent the wrong item. Deal-Stop also took a week longer than they said it would take to refund my money. As a result I still am without a new Hard Drive. And $14.27 poorer. I droped 2 stars for getting the wrong item and then 2 more for they way they handled the problems.My Advice to all is to FIRST double check the verify any item you receive is exactly as you ordered and make sure you get a pre-paid return label before returning something that is wrong or defective. Also, if you get hard drive, see if the manufacturer has test software to check it out completely, before wasting a week to load it then find any problems. Sometimes even brand new hard drives can be defective, because the firmware will load and pass a quick test. 1Multiple drives lasted around 7 years... I purchased one of these drive in March 2011 and a second one in March 2012. They were used in a file server that was running >99% of the time. One drive failed in August 2018 and the other failed in November 2018. That's 7yr, 5mo for one drive and 6yrs, 8mo the other. Taking into account the life expectancy of hard drives is around three to five years, I would consider the ST2000DL003 to have done its job admirably. 4Can't Beat the Capacity (for the price) We picked up two of these to run inside our network attached storage drive. I had read online that there can be issues with drive spin-up and data retrieval. I can certainly see where comments like that came from. The drives are built to automatically spin down after a certain period of inactivity. This is smart, because it saves power, heat and wear on the motor. However, the first time I access the drive after not using it for a while (letting the drive spin down), there's a few second delay (over my network). It's not a horrible lag, but is certainly enough to be noticed.However, the drives have performed wonderfully to this point. They're very quiet, run cool (just over 100 degrees F in an enclosure), and haven't had an error or issue yet. After two months, I'm very happy with the purchase. I certainly could have purchased drives at two or three times the cost of these Seagate models that would have eliminated that start-up lag, but I'm just trying to store family photos and files, and the drive does a great job at that. And it's fast enough to play HD video back out over the network once it spins up.If you need server-grade results, buy a server-grade hard drive. If you just need to store a large amount of data in your home environment for a fantastic price, this is an excellent option. 4Great Drives for NAS I purchased 5 of these along with Synology DS1511+ NAS from Amazon back in April, 2011 for my home. I can't say about how they perform as internal drives for a desktop or in an USB/eSATA external enclosure, but I can definitely state that they work great as NAS drives. I have these configured as RAID6, which means you can lose up to 2 disks and still have your volume intact (but at point you won't have fault tolerance). The NAS I got itself is a high-efficient unit, and combined with these green drives it definitely consumes less power than the two servers that I replaced...and I have 5.44TB of fault tolerant storage accessible from my 10 PCs/Macs.I saw other reviewers commenting about them not being "high-performance" drives. That is correct, this drive was never intended to be used as your primary drive for your system. If you're looking for a high-performance drives, you should definitely look for 7,200/10,000rpm drives with 16/32MB cache.However, when used in a RAID configuration, these drives will deliver high-performance with overall reduced power consumption. In my NAS I was able to sustain around 160MB/S throughput writing to NAS over gigabit network (and even faster reading from it). There's nothing low-performance about these drives when used in a proper setting. The drive is also quiet. Standing next to my NAS, I can't hear any drive noise even with 5 drives side-by-side.Bottom line, don't purchase drives purely based on price and capacity. You don't buy Prius for high-performance, why expect high-performance from a "Green" drive? Identify what you're going to do with it, then look for qualifying drives for best result. I would have never purchased this to be used in my desktop (for performance) and neither should you. 5Works great in ReadyNAS Duo: 3700+ hrs and no errors I bought two of these drives in January 2012; one from Amazon and one from Newegg. At the time, Newegg was having some issues about how they were shipping their OEM drives (wrapped in bubble wrap, but otherwise loose in the box), but I was glad to see that both drives arrived double-boxed, with the drive in an anti-static bag with plastic holders on each end to prevent the drive from bouncing around. I rate both retailers equal in that regard.The drives were purchased for a ReadyNAS Duo upgrade, so I did not do any benchmarking on a PC for speed. This model was one of just a few 2TB drives approved by Netgear to run in the ReadyNAS Duo. After verifying that the firmware was up to date on the drives, backing up the existing ReadyNAS drives, and doing the requisite upgrades to the ReadyNAS to handle the advanced format 2TB drives, both of these drives were placed into service.Since this operation was basically a new drive installation, with a new secondary drive as well, the first drive was inserted and the ReadyNAS did the setup work it needed to perform. I then inserted the second drive and gave it a chance to mirror the data on the first drive before reloading any additional data.Once the mirroring process was complete, I began to restore nearly 1TB of data back onto the ReadyNAS. This took some time, but there weren't any problems transferring thousands of large and small files alike.Here we are, over five months and 3700+ operating hours later (almost continuous operation save for a few power-down periods), and there haven't been any problems. No errors reported through the SMART tests, and I have not found any data corruption problems. The drives are running quietly relative to the fan in the ReadyNAS at 95/96 degrees F in a 77F room.Since I didn't do any benchmarking on these drives, I don't know how happy I would be with them in a desktop environment from a performance standpoint. However, after more than five months of continuous duty and no issues, I'm happy with their reliability so far. Given that I would be looking for performance over power-savings in a desktop, I'd look at Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive and Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Internal Desktop Hard Drive - WD2002FAEX first for desktop data storage needs (the OS should go on an SSD, like the Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2). 4
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