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Seagate Barracuda SATA drives

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dales, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    Hi all,

    Quick question for you, I've got a mobo that has SATA, and up until now I've only had a an 40gig ide drive on it. Now i've decided to make my servers virtual 40gigs aint gonna do it!

    My mobo only supports sata 150 I think I was trying to find out from my normal supplier if the seagates have a version jumper (a bit like there used to be a 32gb jumper on them years ago). Most of the drives I can find are sata 300 (I wont go anywhere near maxtor by the way), and I was wondering if someone had a seagate in about the 250-300GB range could they tell me if it has this capability?
     
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  2. BosonMichael
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    I've got a Seagate Barracuda SATA drive - I believe it's around 300GB (320?). The jumper is set by default for 1.5Gbps operation... to enable 3Gbps operation, you must remove the jumper (which is what I had to do).
     
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  3. dales

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    Thats great thanks very much for that! I shall purrrr chase one immediatly.
     
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    seagate own maxtor lol

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    Really, I didnt know that, my dislike of maxtor stems back to when I was a tech for a small company a few years ago and every hard drive failure job I got given was normally a maxtor diamondmax Hard drive. :dry
     
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    bought them out over a year ago, heard it was because maxtor had a new production plant and seagate couldnt afford the time and money building their own. from what i've heard it takes several years to clean the plant down before they can start production

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  7. BosonMichael
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    lol - I didn't see where he said that he wouldn't touch Maxtor when I skimmed his question! Oh man, that's classic! :biggrin
     
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    Well, in that case then the reason I dont like maxtor predates the seagate buyout by a good 2 years or so, so im not sure the jibes at me are valid. There was a huge failure rate of those blimin drives at one point, all within their warranty so I was sending 4-5 of the drives back a week which was more work I didnt need at the time (getting money back from our suppliers was no mean feat).
     
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    sorry mate it wasn't supposed to be a jibe, i was mealy being informative so now you can say "I wont go anywhere near maxtor drives that pre-dates seagates buy out of maxtor" :)

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    lol, a little bit wordier than 'maxtor are sh*t!'

    As for hard drive reliability, ask any tech and they'll always have a horror story about a particular manufacturer. I personally believe that it's pot luck and it really doesn't matter who you use these days.

    Having said that, there was a huge batch of IBM drives (before Hitachi bought out the IMB hard drive division) a few years ago that coined the phrase 'the IBM click of death'. I lost quite a bit of data one time to one of those drives, I wasn't a happy bunny but I should have been backing up more regularly. Laziness can lead to harsh concequences some times. :)
     
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  11. Mathematix

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    I have a SATA-150 mobo with two drives:

    1. Seagate Barracuda 200GB SATA-150
    2. Western Digital Caviar SE16 400GB SATA-300

    Both work perfectly well without any problems ever. It is part of the SATA specification that SATA-300 be backward-compatible with SATA-150. :)

    PS

    I'd never touch a Maxtor or Hitachi drive! ;)
     
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    it was IBMs deskstar range and it was nicknamed deathstar due to their high failure rate

    ive only ever bought seagate, maxtor or WD although hitachi drives are supposed to be pretty good since they took over IBM. the only drive i've had fail yet was a maxtor 26GB about 5-6 years ago when i had it in the middle of a RAID and it over heated and died.

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    Thanks for that grim, It wasnt your comment that touched a nerve more micheals, buts still that doesnt matter. Thanks for all the advice, I've built a few sata systems in the past but never bothered to put one in my machine until now, so I need to do a bit of reading up on the sata standard I suppose.

    Still I've learned a little bit more now, so thanks again, maxtor might be back on my list!
     
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  14. BosonMichael
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    No jibe from here, either, dales... I was simply commenting on the fact that I didn't see your Maxtor complaint, earlier. Lighten up, mate... we're all friends, here.
     
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