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on 11 August 2011
With storage space becoming under increasing demand, drives of this capacity are becoming ever more necessary. This 2TB drive replaced a 750GB Western Digital SATAII as the desktop's main storage drive.
The drive came very quickly - it was on my doorstep in 2 days. It came moderately packaged in a large box with inflatable packing bags. The drive itself was just in a plastic clamshell. Could have been better, but the device wasn't any worse off for it.
Installation as always with internal drives, was only made more difficult by having to mount it in a drive cage.
Copying the data was the most difficult part. Lots of drive cloning software is incompatible with modern large capacity drives, especially the new 4K standard. In the end I used GParted, a powerful, open source, Linux-based partition editor that I ran off a flash drive (it's a good GUI so pretty simple to use). Once the data was copied (around 18 hours later!) I booted Windows (I run XP Pro) on my desktop and changed the drive letter in the Administrative Tools.
My only major problem was uTorrent temporarily lost all its targets as the apprpriate drive letter wasn't assigned when the program started. That would have been avoided had I booted into Safe Mode to change the drive letter.
The drive itself is staggeringly quick compared to the WD it replaced. The motherboard is SATAII so can't take full advantage of the high transfer rates theis drive claims. That doesn't mean the other functions of the drive aren't used. Seek times are awesome and the data is very readily available, especially with large files (that might be the 4K sector size). I use Diskeeper drive management software to keep my drives defragmented and there doesn't seem to have been any drop-off in performance in the months I've been running the Seagate.
All in all, highly recommended product form a recommended seller.