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Seagate 6TB 3.5-Inch SATA 6Gb/s NCQ 7200RPM 128MB Cache Desktop HDD Hard Drive (ST6000DM001) Reviewed by Mikerose23 on Nov 30 . Rating: 4 Seagate 6TB 3.5-Inch SATA 6Gb/s NCQ 7200RPM 128MB Cache Desktop HDD Hard Drive (ST6000DM001) The Seagate Desktop HDD is the one drive for every desktop system need, supported by 30 years of trusted performance, reliability and simplicity. Store as much desktop data as you need with multiple capacities up to 6TB. Store data faster with […]

Seagate 6TB 3.5-Inch SATA 6Gb/s NCQ 7200RPM 128MB Cache Desktop HDD Hard Drive (ST6000DM001)

Seagate 6TB 3.5-Inch SATA 6Gb/s NCQ 7200RPM 128MB Cache  Desktop HDD Hard Drive (ST6000DM001)

The Seagate Desktop HDD is the one drive for every desktop system need, supported by 30 years of trusted performance, reliability and simplicity. Store as much desktop data as you need with multiple capacities up to 6TB. Store data faster with SATA 6Gb/s interface that optimizes burst performance. Rest easy knowing your drive delivers dependable performance with Seagate AcuTrac servo technology. Plus, count on Seagate to deliver the storage innovations that bring down your costs and crank up your storage with the industry’s first 1TB-per-disk hard drive technology, SATA 6Gb/s technology to maximize performance and free Disc Wizard software to enable high capacities on legacy PC BIOS systems.

  • Ideal for everyday desktop and computing storage
  • 6TB capacity 720 HD video, or 1,200,000 photos, or 1,500,000 songs
  • 7200 RPM
  • Store data faster with SATA 6GB/s interface
  • 2 year warranty. 128MB cache

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  • 2,657 of 2,935 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    POWER OF ONE or WEAKNESS OF 0.67 – how to avoid getting the bad drive version…, October 20, 2012
    niels (Santa Monica, CA USA) –

    UPDATE January 2014:

    Thanks to information from many useful comments, a short update:

    1) The problem is still the same as it was. Both 2TB drives are still being sold with the same model number. Due to changes in serial nunbers, depth of the drive housing’s indentation has now become the best way to distinquish the drives (see user images – bottom right of Amazon’s product page)

    2) When I wrote this, I didn’t feel up to offering an alternate drive recommendation, as my own opinion is based on personal experience and hence anecdotal. Many people asked, but I only answered in email, without adding a recommendation to the review.

    Since Backblaze’s (an online data backup company) massive long term test, their blog and extremetech’s article based on that (see comments, page 26 for a link), I’ll just quote their blog: “If the price were right, we would be buying nothing but Hitachi drives. They have been rock solid, and have had a remarkably low failure rate.”

    So, is that data even relevant for the average home user? I would say yes, because continuous, heavy use of large numbers of drives is the only way to get any half-reliable comparison. Among consumers, usage patterns are simply spread too wide: if someone only turns on their computer 15 times a year (my aunt), any drive will be the same as any other drive, cause with so little use, they will all last till the lubricant in the spindle dries up, and she’ll tell anyone who asks that her drive is great. This inability to compare reliability in the consumer space has bolstered sales of shoddy drives for a long time.

    If you do use your computer frequently, installing drives exhibiting a <1% annual failure rate at Backblaze certainly beats installing drives with a 15% or even 120% annual failure rate.

    **end update**

    ok, so this drive is listed as the “Seagate ST2000DM001″ and guess what; other than that it sports 2 Terabytes, it tells you nothing whatever about what drive you’ll end up with, because Seagate has chosen to obscure and omit relevant Data between different builds with vastly different performance.

    The short advice: Only purchase versions xxExxxxx [and possibly x24xxxxx - x24 is unverified info so far, see notes below] of the 2TB model. This uses 2 platters and 4 heads.
    It performs 30% better than the version with 3 platters, which has an xxFxxxxx [or possibly x36xxxxx] designation. Avoid those!

    You’ll need to contact the seller and ask them to check the code on the drive. If they can’t verify, don’t buy it, better to get a drive from a different company, where its hopefully not a surprise game of what’s in the box.

    S – SU – Suzhou China
    W – WU – Wuxi China
    Z – TK – Korat Thailand

    F = 3 platters with either 5 or 6 heads (bad 2TB drive or good 3TB drive)
    E = 2 platters with 4 heads. (good 2TB drive)
    D = 1 platter with 2 heads. (good 1TB drive)

    Weight info received in a comment here, suggests that the ‘good’ 2-platter drive weighs 534 grams, while the ‘bad’ 3-platter drive weighs 624 grams.

    Seagate used to embed the information about their drives in the model number, but now they obscured it, so they can pawn off whatever they want. Send a WxE model to Publications who test drives, and then ship the crappy WxF model to unsuspecting customers who may never realize they’re not getting what they thought they were buying. This should really be illegal.

    NOTE 1: This was written for the 2TB drive. It turns out Amazon also shows this review for 3TB drives. This info does not apply to 3TB drives, the 3TB drives always have 3 1TB platters. (or not, there have been reports of 5 platter 3TB versions, if you know anything more, let us know)

    NOTE 2: comparison test results – since links get killed in reviews, I’ll upload an image to the product page.

    NOTE 3: A relevant post on Seagate’s forum stating that these Barracuda have been crippled through redesign [see the link in comment 143 below, page 15]
    (Apparently, links are permitted in comments)

    NOTE 4: Someone commented that Seagate removed any reference to the 2 platter version of this drive in the manual (something which is usually only read after the purchase)

    NOTE 5: Someone explained that Seagate made this change due to the flooding of their plant in Thailand. This is not quite correct since chinese 2 platter 2TB drives are also in circulation.

    NOTE 6: While the channel still has drives with the numbering scheme as described above, there appear to be at least some drives with a new numbering scheme like “Z240PJB3″. Would be great if it read out like x24xxxxx, where 2 stands for 2 platters and 4 stands for 4 heads, then this would be one of the good drives while something like x35xxxxx…

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  • 519 of 588 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    3TB for Synology NAS, January 17, 2012
    Steve E. (Los Angeles) –

    This is one of the select few 3TB drives approved by Synology for use in a variety of their NAS devices, so I put 4 of these in a DS411 in SHR with one disk redundancy (basically RAID 5). While anyone will tell you enterprise hard drives are better in RAID 5 or 6 configurations – and they are right, for the most part – it’s hard to deny the big price difference in going enterprise: 3TB enterprise drives are well over $550 right now due to the recent Thailand flood and it may be some time before that price drops significantly. While these drives weren’t as cheap as the 3TB WD Caviar Green varieties, I will NEVER put Caviar Greens in a RAID 5 again, so the ST3000DM001 quickly rose to the top of my admittedly short list.

    I think it’s important to point out that IntelliPower (WD) and CoolSpin (Hitachi) technologies are not really ideal for any kind of RAID array using parity. WD Caviar Green drives, especially, are known to sometimes not power up when needed, ultimately resulting in them getting dropped from the RAID array. A good NAS like the DS411 will put the drives into hibernation after 10 minutes of no activity, so you don’t really need the benefit of “eco-friendly” drives in this kind of RAID anyways. Plus, with 7200RPM you will get speed improvements, so it’s a no brainer to pick a drive like this over those.

    That said, of course these do not have TLER, RAFF and other advantages of enterprise-class drives. So you run the risk of more errors, RAID rebuilds and potential failures by choosing a consumer drive like this. But even though the risk is greater, it’s not really worth the extra money to go to 3TB enterprise-class, so I feel this is a good compromise of risk vs. value.

    UPDATE – 7/12/13

    I felt I should come back and update this review (and my rating) due to 2 of these drives encountering bad sectors and getting dropped from my RAID volume within a 1 month period of time. It took over a year and a half for this to happen but it’s still an unacceptable loss ratio in my opinion. I still did not encounter that dreaded second disk failure while rebuilding my RAID5 with a new drive – both times the rebuilds completed without a hitch. Once again, that situation has not happened in my 15 years of professional IT work. I ended up going with the WD Red 3 TB NAS Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache – WD30EFRX to replace the Seagates. Although Synology and other NAS manufacturers ignore the TLER timings in enterprise drives and implement their own, I feel the Reds (and by extension the RE’s) are better suited for NAS usage and will be more versatile should I choose to put them in different RAIDs or NAS’s in the future.

    So in summary, I can’t really recommend these Seagates anymore after my personal experience and the drop in price in the WD Reds.


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  • 408 of 475 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    So far, so good., April 17, 2012
    Skullywag (Texas) –

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    I’ve dealt almost exclusively with WD for the last 10 years….I had a string of bad luck with Seagate before that, and had sworn off of them. Well, times have changed, and I’m willing to see if Seagate has improved over the years. Post-flood WD seems to be sticking to the absurd prices after other makers are slowly going back down to reasonable prices. And I have to say price played a BIG part in these recent purchases…I REFUSE to pay more for a WD GREEN drive than I did for a Black drive twice the size a year ago…I just refuse.
    In a non-raid environment, this 2TB drive seems to be snappy, worked out of the box, and has had no errors…so far so good. Just ordered 2 of the 3TB variety on the strength of this one.

    I’ve been seeing A LOT of neg reviews lately for ALL manufactures in ALL price ranges, it’s my belief that the many DOAs have more to do with how the drives are handled in transit, than quality control. I’ve SEEN the way carriers toss the packages around to get to others, and have even seen them STAND on packages….no bubble wrap is going to compensate for that kind of abuse. Still other complaints I’ve seen have more to do with ignorance than anything…who in their right mind expects to drop a 2TB-3TB drive in a 10 year old machine and expect it to work out of the box, without using the manufactureres tool? Or expects lightning speeds when a SATA 6GB drive is plugged into a SATA 1.5GB port? And if I read one more review where a clueless person can’t understand why a 3 TB reports as less than 3TB in Windows…I’ll scream!

    I think it stinks that warrantys have been cut, and there is still the question in my mind if post-flood drives are being rushed out to meet demand before factorys are up-to-snuff, or if all that fresh new equipment means a better product….guess we’ll see.
    From a one week perspective, I have no complaints with this drive. In the weeks to come, if I DO….I’ll let ya know.

    Update : 4-17-15
    So far all Seagate Drives purchased (Currently 6: 2 – 2TB , 4 – 3TB ) all working flawlessly. Two of the 3 TB drives are 2 wks old, all others 3 yrs old. My rating sticks at 5 stars.
    Putting to rest my last WD drive….popping bad sectors right and left, and it’s a replacement of a replacement drive that has exhausted the original drives warranty. Have to say, speed and reliability has put Seagate in the #1 position as my drive of choice. WD drives were sluggish in comparison, and the 5yr warranty on the PREMIUM PRICED Black drive is not worth much if you are having TO USE IT FREQUENTLY THE WHOLE 5 YRS.

    GRIPE: The last 2 – 3TB drives I just bought, only carry a 1 yr warranty (the first 2, same model carried 2yrs) . Been in this game long enough to know you can get a lemon with ANY brand… so a 1 yr warranty is just too darn short for any price. Not sure I like the trend of making mechanical hard drives “disposable” via short warranties, or charging extra for same specs….but longer warranty….especially when all you get with that warranty is a recertified drive that is warrantied for only the remainder of time left on original drive.

    Waiting for the day when SSD’s become as large and affordable as mechanical drives…. in 5 yrs of SSD use, I’ve yet to have one single error (much less failure) on a SSD drive.


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