Seagate 500GB 3.5 inch 7200rpm 16MB Cache SATA 3 6MB/S Hard Drive
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Seagate Barracuda 500GB Sata Int 3.5in 7200 RPM 16MB 6GB/S
The Barracuda family has earned awards and accolades around the globe. This is because Seagate has demonstrated a commitment to introduce technologies that allow people to work faster, do more, and feel great about making an investment in proven technology. And, for those who want the biggest, high performance drive available, the Barracuda choice is without peer.See all Product description
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In the simplest mode, the tool prepares the destination disc for use, copies all existing partitions from the old drive onto the new, expanding them proportionally to fit the space available on the new drive and makes the new drive bootable. There's also a manual mode in DiscWizard which allows you to control the relative sizes of the disc partition(s) created on the new drive, so you can keep the 'recovery' partition the same size as it was and expand the C: drive to fill all the remaining space on the new drive.
My supplier supplied this drive to me as a bare drive with no instructions and no connecting leads - this is normal for an 'OEM' drive which is assumed to be being purchased by someone who knows what they are doing - but again, Seagate's website has good, clear instructions describing how to temporarily install the new drive alongside the old before swapping it into position as the new main drive.
I should point out that Seagate are not the only manufacturer who provide free disc cloning tools and advice for specific use with their own drives, but be aware that there are one or two who do not, so always check out the drive manufacturer's website before making a final decision about what to buy.
As to the Seagate Barracuda drive itself, it is very quiet and reasonably fast - very happy with it so far.
Double check the model number listed here on Amazon (ST500DM002) with the one on your hard drive. If it's different then you can return the goods to the seller and request they pay for return as they've sent you an incorrect item.
I only found this out as I purchased from Cambridge Accessories but on eBay as it was cheaper. Luckily I had my head screwed on the right way and figured they sent an older model (I was quite sure current HDD's didn't make the constant, loud chirping that you heard 10 years ago - sounded almost like an old floppy drive!). Unfortunately for me on eBay there was no model number or anything listed so have had to send back at my own cost but purchased the current model elsewhere.
TL:DR/REMEMBER: Check the model number is ST500DM002 to ensure the HDD you're receiving is the right one, and not an older version.
A word of warning to those unfortunate enough to have a disc generating an error code... Bentham Ltd require you to go through Seagate's RMA procedure rather than supply you with a replacement. This means returning it at your own expense and waiting 7 - 10 days... but first you'll need to read a 20 page packaging PDF (and no, bubble wrap will not suffice - so keep the original packaging!).
Always found them totally reliable and virtually silent in operation.
Its been a few years since I last built a system (before sata came out), but I'm happy to say that Seagate still have what it takes with their barracuda drives.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought it in September 2012, today January 2017 has stopped working. Very short time life, enough no warrantyPublished 2 months ago by Eduardo
amazon keep rejecting my review, but this drive was defective, I/O errors as soon as i plugged it in!Published 5 months ago by C. Roberts
I have two of these in one of my two NAS to replace a drive throwing errors. These replaced a pair of Samsung drives which were very quiet. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mark T
The Disk was just as Advertised and it is working well. Im delighted with it because it is for backing up my PC. It was very good value for moneyPublished 9 months ago by Frank Delaney