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Seagate 500GB 3.5 inch 7200rpm 16MB Cache SATA 3 6MB/S Hard Drive

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  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s.
  • Designed with industry-leading acoustics and low power levels
  • 7200rpm Rotation Speed
  • 16 MB cache.
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

Product information

Technical Details
BrandSeagate
Item Weight331 g
Product Dimensions14.7 x 10.2 x 2 cm
Item model numberST500DM002
Series500GB SATA3
Colorblack
Form Factor3.5"
Hard Drive Size500 GB
Hard Disk Technologyseagate 500gb
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA-600
Wattage6.19 watts
Power SourceNo
  
Additional Information
ASINB005CT56R6
Best Sellers Rank 13,203 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight381 g
Date First Available5 July 2011
  
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: Replacement parts covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase

Warranty, Labor: Labour cost covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase
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Product description

Product Description

Seagate Barracuda 500GB Sata Int 3.5in 7200 RPM 16MB 6GB/S

Manufacturer's Description

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.

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Verified Purchase
Bought to upgrade a PC with an overflowing 40GB system drive C:, this 500GB drive was chosen primarily because the manufacturer (Seagate) had the wisdom to produce and provide a free utility (DiscWizard, available from Seagate's website) which makes copying an old hard drive (any make) onto a new Seagate drive virtually a one-click operation for most people by using the 'disc cloning' tool included in that utility.

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.
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If you have a noisy hard drive it probably means you've been given an older version. Cambridge Accessories have been selling the 7200.10 version, made in 2006 but the version in this listing is 7200.14, the most recent.

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.
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...the disk sold by Bentham Ltd was defective! This may be a one-off or a bad batch, so for the benefit of those who may be suffering read/write errors, poor data transfer rates and bad sectors, I suggest you download and run the rather useful SeaTools from Seagate's warranty section.

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!).
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I've used seagate barracuda drives for many years.

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.
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nice quality product, delivered on time, i have a similar older model hd in another system which has been great so i was happy to get newest model
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On my latest build, I toyed with the idea of installing one of the new SSD drives against installing a medium-capacity SATA 3 HDD as the primary drive, with a 1TB HDD as the major storage system. A price comparison showed that I could get twice the storage capacity for the same price by choosing a SATA 3 HDD with little noticeable drop in performance. This is now the primary storage drive for Operating System(s) plus some extra storage space for files. The drive is quick and quiet. I have used Seagate Barracuda drives before and they have lasted well, so I have great hopes for this one.
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By S on 4 Sept. 2013
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Please be aware that this product from Cambridge accessories only came with the hard drive its self and nothing else that it states 'is in the box' (Power adapter , Mounting screws ,Software CD). The hard drive also has the wrong specification compared to what is listed on amazon, it is listed as being 6gb/s whereas the one i received was a 3gb/s model.On top of this the hard drive has scratches on it and the mounting screw holes have slight wear indicating that it has been used before. However i have contacted the seller and he has allowed me to return it fast and easy with no problems.
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