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  • Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001

    Phoronix: Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001

    The Seagate ST2000DM001 is a two terabyte Serial ATA 3.0 hard drive that retails for less than $90 USD and is the subject of this weekend's benchmarks at Phoronix.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=20011

  • #2
    There are different versions of this drive

    Looks like you got the 3 667GB platter version instead of the 2 1TB platter version, which is faster and quieter.

    Here's some info: http://www.techenclave.com/community...-sizes.138435/

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    • #3
      Originally posted by andrebrait View Post
      Looks like you got the 3 667GB platter version instead of the 2 1TB platter version, which is faster and quieter.

      Here's some info: http://www.techenclave.com/community...-sizes.138435/
      My mistake. Yours is the 1TB platter version, in which case I don't know why it's slow. It should be blazing fast.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by andrebrait View Post
        My mistake. Yours is the 1TB platter version, in which case I don't know why it's slow. It should be blazing fast.
        I don't know the details of how each test works, but generally speaking with HDDs, a higher capacity means slower seek times but faster read times. The speed you're expecting could be failing due to random reads/writes.

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        • #5
          Also, you can check if you have the newest firmware installed.
          I bought this HDD more then a year ago (don't know about platter configuration).

          When I used smartctl recently, it told me that a firmware update is available for this device.*
          And indeed, there where quite a few firmware revision between the one installed and the
          newest one available on their website. Not sure if it helps, concerning the performance.
          At least Seagate rates the update(s) as "Important".

          The firmware updates are provided as *.exe and *.iso files, so even the ones using
          Linux exclusively should be able to update the disks easily.

          [*] This is actually quite a nice feature of smartctl, that I didn't know about.
          smartctl even provided the links to the download page.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by entropy View Post
            The firmware updates are provided as *.exe and *.iso files, so even the ones using
            Linux exclusively should be able to update the disks easily.
            Yeah, it's pretty handy (smartctl). I tried to update my firmware using the ISO a while back, and it couldn't detect my drive. I changed some options in my firmware (uEFI), I think enabling BIOS compatibility and switching the drive mode to IDE, and it was able to detect the drive then, but it thought it was the wrong model (maybe it was, but it looked like the right one...).

            I might try again later. :/

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            • #7
              Not that it matters, but bigger size only means that you will have more lost data, because seagate is number one in bad hdds.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by startzz View Post
                Not that it matters, but bigger size only means that you will have more lost data, because seagate is number one in bad hdds.
                Do you have a source for that please? Everything I've read up to now suggests that there is simply insufficient evidence to draw such wide generalizations about the competing manufacturers, which makes me skeptical of your comment. However, if you do have solid, non-anecdotal evidence to show, I will stand corrected, and happily at that. Such information would be very useful.

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                • #9
                  Apparently I'm not the only one (same exact model, too). Well, as long as it doesn't die catastrophically like the 500GB Hitachi I had in my laptop (now replaced by a 128GB SSD), I'll be happy.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Serge View Post
                    Do you have a source for that please? Everything I've read up to now suggests that there is simply insufficient evidence to draw such wide generalizations about the competing manufacturers, which makes me skeptical of your comment. However, if you do have solid, non-anecdotal evidence to show, I will stand corrected, and happily at that. Such information would be very useful.
                    there's this at least:

                    http://blog.backblaze.com/2014/01/21...-should-i-buy/

                    personally i lost a 3tb seagate disk after 6 months. but i'm still ok using them in raid. i'm using 3x3tb seagates in raidz. pretty good performance wise. i also have a 2tb disk as scratch space etc.. but mostly use ssd now.

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                    • #11
                      First thing you guys, when you're buying cheap HDDs, you're gambling. WD or Seagate, doesn't matter. Same thing goes for SSDs.
                      Second thing, more people who have had a bad experience are going to review a product than someone who had a good experience. It's a hard drive of course.

                      Last thing, I have a Seagate Barracuda 1TB and I can confirm the weird results on either Windows 8.1 or Ubuntu 14.04

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                      • #12
                        This and ST1000DM003/ST2000DM001 drives are all a major POS.

                        On these drives APM cannot be permanently disabled, so your HDD will constantly park its heads when idling. And when it does that, it produces some very unpleasant sounds.

                        Of course you can run `hdparm -B 255` on boot, but why the f*ck a desktop drive has this feature in the first place? To save a few watts of energy?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by birdie View Post
                          On these drives APM cannot be permanently disabled, so your HDD will constantly park its heads when idling. And when it does that, it produces some very unpleasant sounds.
                          I've never had that issue with my drive, or at least never heard it. Guess my fans are too loud.
                          Of course, as mentioned in the thread I linked (just finished reading it), there are different parts with the same model number (ST1000DM003); mine happens to be 1CH162. Maybe they fixed that in this drive?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by birdie View Post
                            This and ST1000DM003/ST2000DM001 drives are all a major POS.

                            On these drives APM cannot be permanently disabled, so your HDD will constantly park its heads when idling. And when it does that, it produces some very unpleasant sounds.
                            Are those "clicking" sounds, by any chance?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mercutio View Post
                              there's this at least:

                              http://blog.backblaze.com/2014/01/21...-should-i-buy/

                              personally i lost a 3tb seagate disk after 6 months. but i'm still ok using them in raid. i'm using 3x3tb seagates in raidz. pretty good performance wise. i also have a 2tb disk as scratch space etc.. but mostly use ssd now.
                              BackBlaze's blog posts on hard drive reliability are excellent sources given the dreadth of information otherwise, but you can see from the table that the high failure rate is due entirely to poor experiences with only two Seagate models, and of those two models furthemore one had an enormous failure rate but that data is based on only 51 units. That is extremely inconclusive data. Even BackBlaze themselves continue to purchase Seagate drives, commenting at the end of the article that that is what they are focused on now that they've transitioned to mostly 4 TB purchases.

                              On a lighter note, since you mention BackBlaze, I want to point out an older post on their blog, http://blog.backblaze.com/2013/11/26...-and-1m-later/, that I found to be a lot of fun to read in terms of entertainment value. It's completely off topic with the discussion here, but I recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.

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