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Old 23rd May 2009, 08:36   #1
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The firmware SD1A certainly doesnít appear to have harmed the ST31000340AS drives. Performance is robust, and reliability unaffected thus far. Current pricing makes them a very attractive buy, but certainly not the only choice Ė currently Samsungs 1Tb drive is retailing under $85 USD, and Seagateís own new 7200.12 series 1Tb is $99. Iím still happy with my 1Tb 7200.11 drives, but I wonít be buying any more. Iíll be looking closely at the WD Black series and the 7200.12, mainly because of warranty, but also performance. Seagate recently changed their warranty terms away from the blanket 5-year for all OEM, Retail and Enterprise drives, excluding some to be 3 year. Until digital distribution and storage of media is widespread and commonplace, 500Gb drives and larger are going to be useful and likely in service for a long time. With that in mind, Iíd certainly expect to be using a drive I bought recently, at 1Tb or greater capacity, in four or five yearís time as they roll down from my storage server to my desktop machines. For performance, the new 7200.12 series use a 500Gb platter, that is quieter and faster than before. Claims of 130MB/s maximum read performance are seen in the literature, with lower power, quieter performance and smaller form factor (for the single platter drives).
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