Testing refurbished 500GB Seagate Hard Drives

Storage/HDD by SidneyWong @ 2007-07-05

I find my hard drive getting smaller by the day; some of you might have the same feeling. With photos and videos being created daily from my growing family, it is time to look for larger hard drive. Hard drives are becoming a good bargain lately, as low as 24-cent per gigabyte. We will take a look at this 500GB from Seagate.

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Of course, people purchase refurbished HDDs because of the lower cost. Surprisingly, none of my replacement HDDs have yet to fail me insofar.

I use Acronis for my system backup, disk clone and format; Once installed, Acronis does not require floppy or CD to get into DOS mode by simply using F11 during boot up.

Barracuda 7200.9 500GB Specs
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Test Setup, Methodology & Results:

Windows XP Test Setup
Case and Cooling Sonata II:
- 120 mm exhaust
CPU AMD Opteron 165 @2.82 Ghz, 1.40vcore
Motherboard DFI LanParty UT Ultra D (2x40mm fan added over PWM)
Memory GSKill PC4400 4x512Mb
  • DVD R/W
  • 7900GS
  • AMD Stock Heatsink Fan
  • XP Pro SP2 + latest updates

  • Install Windows XP & SP2 in Raid-0
  • Disk Clone Wester Digital 250Gb to Seagate single 500GB
  • Compare 160, 250 and 500 GB using Sandra & HD-Tach read/write
  • Reading HDD temps from Speedfan

    Although I don't favor Raid 0, I installed Windows XP in 14 minutes and SP2 update from CD in 5. Fast!

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    Average Read 102.1MB/s; burst 267.5MB/s; Random Access 13.8 m/s

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    Sandra-97 MB/s and 7 m/s

    Time to get back "on earth" after the high flying. I cloned my existing WD250 to the Seagate and ran a few comparisons.

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    While the Seagate has high burst rate, WD250 average read comes out ahead.

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    Comment from Sidney @ 2007/11/21
    One of drives failed (SMART) today; right before I have to take a out of town trip. I have not had a HDD failure in 4 years. It is still under Seagate warranty. Will process RMA next week.
    Comment from jmke @ 2007/11/21
    you think it has anything to do with their refurbished nature?
    Comment from Sidney @ 2007/11/22
    I doubted, my previous refurbished (replacement) drives never have problem over 5 years. I did come across my mind for a few seconds.

    That's why USB HDD comes in handy for backup.
    Comment from Sidney @ 2007/12/03
    RMA returned on Nov 21, replacement arrived today.
    Comment from jmke @ 2007/12/04
    a good 2 weeks still, I have 320gb Seagate HDD which failed on me, will have to send in back for RMA too
    Comment from Sidney @ 2007/12/04
    In my case, they did not have the same drive in stock. Otherwise, there is a charge for $19 and they ship you a replacement immediately without receiving the defective drive first. If the "defective" drive is not sent or received by Seagate within 30 days, a charge will be made to your credit card. It seems a normal practice for WD also.
    Comment from Kougar @ 2007/12/04
    Originally Posted by jmke View Post
    a good 2 weeks still, I have 320gb Seagate HDD which failed on me, will have to send in back for RMA too
    How old was it, and what happened to it? I have quite a few of those drives...
    Comment from jmke @ 2007/12/04
    about 1 year old, when copying data to the drive, the copy operation would hang and the drive would disappear from device manager.

    Tried format 010101 with Seagate tools (what we call low level format) and scanned the disk, no errors were found on the platters but SMART keeps giving errors on the quick test, stating that operating temp went over 70°C, but the HDD has never reached 40+°C I'm sure of it, dedicated cooling and all for each HDD in my previous file server case.
    Comment from Sidney @ 2007/12/04
    Hard-drive is a relationship; everyone needs it. It does not matter how well you care for it, no one knows when she/it walks out on you. When it does, you always have a feeling of betrayal. The first time is always the worst; she/it takes all your secret not knowing if she would fall into the wrong hands. You would learn how to protect your secret as time goes on in your next "relationship". When you hair turns grey, relationship has an entirely different meaning; you tend to not rely on it entirely and always have a backup.
    Comment from Kougar @ 2007/12/04
    Yes, but I would like to know what to look for, can at least hypothesize since I have the same drives some will most likely develop the same issues before "walking out" on me.

    Unfortunately I had a Western Digital drive do that exact thing to me, minus the SMART warnings.
    Comment from Sidney @ 2007/12/04
    Speedfan to check S.M.A.R.T status; unfortunately there is not much of a warning at times. In three occasions, the drives were working fine the day before, on the following day during boot up a BIOS message prompts "your HDD is leaving you, back up the disk". (not the exact words mind you ".

    At one time, the BIOS won't recognize the HDD at all. When she decides to leave you she doesn't give you the normal two weeks notice. Sometimes she will "b***h" for awhile, a signal that she has had enough of you. 1 WD, 2 IBM (hitachi now) and 1 Seagate, surprisingly I have 4 or 5 4.3 GB still in good condition after +5 years of use.
    Comment from Kougar @ 2007/12/04
    As long as she doesn't win the inevitable custody battle over all my stuff, I'll be happy.
    Comment from Sidney @ 2007/12/04
    Hence, backup "plan". including hiding some of your assets such as offshore banks and property investment etc.
    Comment from jmke @ 2007/12/05
    if you get bad sectors and really want the data back, you can try the freezer trick
    Comment from maher @ 2007/12/16
    today one seagate comes to me, it is better than WD or hitachi whose I had in my computer, it is very quiet and it's faster than other HDD, but if you buying new seagate took at last number who needs to be on 250gb
    310AS (disc with 8mb cache)
    4100AS (disc with 16mb cache)
    On 320gb and 400gb:
    and on 750gb 640AS