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Friday, May 21, 2021
Friday, April 2, 2021
By: Kyle Lafontaine
Had to replace a drive so I went to Memory Express and asked for their cheapest non-SMR drive. Was given this drive and assured it was not an SMR drive. It's an SMR drive. I noticed there were issues with it after getting it cloned and set up and have now misplaced the receipt. I don't think I'll be going back to the Ottawa location again and will just stick with Canada Computers.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
I have been using this product for two years. Bought it on sale for the purpose of having a backup drive for my important files, which this drive fails miserably. A large amount of the files I have copied over to this drive become corrupted with no particular reasons. Pictures that are fine on the original hard drive become non-openable or completely black on the Seagate Barracuda. In some cases when I copied over folders from my primary drive into this one for archiving purposes, do not even show up an hour later. A warning: If you have a Windows 7 OS, this drive will only show up as 2TB capacity, which can be fixed with a bit of hassle. But even after that it will be randomly recognized by the OS and sometimes not.
All in all, this drive is unpredictable and unreliable for archiving or file back-up purposes. Buy something else.
Friday, March 12, 2021
By: Francesco Pisani
Our digital media collection has grown to fill up our old 1 TB drive, so this was a needed upgrade. Picked up this 4 TB on sale for $99.99. Can't beat the price for this size.
It's only 5400 rpm and it is shingled sectors. Since our usage will be for writing data once and leaving it there forever, this drive is suitable for this. Our home network speed is only 100 Mbps, and this drive has a hard time keeping up with it.
Good drive for long-term storage. DO NOT use this drive to actually do any kind of work, it is way too slow for that. A potato can spin faster than this.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Warning - this is an SMR drive. All Seagate BarraCuda Compute drives except the 1TB are. There are no use cases where this is better than an equivalent CMR drive, and in many cases it is worse, possibly much worse. Get the WD Blue 4TB instead which is CMR, and at the time this is written, the WD is also less expensive! Google SMR vs CMR.
Do NOT buy this drive unless you understand what you are getting. This SMR drive will start out normal, but as it fills up and data gets overwritten, it will slow. Get the WD Blue 4TB instead which doesn't have this issue. It is disappointing that the cost savings of SMR drives are not being passed on to consumers.
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
I've been using Seagate for decades and the pros are reliability, cost to performance/capacity and knowing your data is safe. There are a lot of people using their HDD's like a frisbee or traveling with a disk drive. Back in the 80's and 90's when this was the ONLY option I NEVER traveled with a disk drive. A terrible idea. Too risky. But hd's should be stationary and treated with respect. My 4TB Seagate HDD is now 5 years old and flawless. Zero issues and I will trust it for another 5 years. This is my 20th Seagate HDD and I will buy another 40 throughout my life I'm sure.
In decades of using Seagate the only weakness is when a consumer thinks a disk drive is a portable product and the platter loses it's place and the drive fails to read/write or clicking begins to notify the drive is on it's way out. But that is the user's fault.
I ONLY buy Seagate for disk drives for the hundreds of people I look after for their computer needs and will continue ONLY suggesting using Seagate. Samsung for SSD. I also suggest to those who have failed their Seagate drives to make sure their chassis are properly grounded and that their PSU's aren't old and on its last leg.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Saturday, July 6, 2019
From: New Westminster, BC
Reasonably quick sustained read/write for an HDD.
Unreliable, died within the first year under very light use-case, as a backup-only drive.
Would not recommend, due to very short life-span. Drive death was instantaneous, and was rendered completely unreadable. No early warning signs of symptoms.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Monday, January 14, 2019
By: Dave Branch
From: Calgary Northeast