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4.0 out of 5 starsDelivery Was Fast and Packaging was good (important for HDD)
Reviewed in Singapore on 19 August 2020
No fuss, no issues. The delivery was fast and packaging was good. HDD works as described. Mainly used for storing family videos which tend to be 20GB per tape so it slowly adds up. Using a HDD docking station for this and it works well with that as well. This 8TB HDD will help
I've been using Seagate products for more than 20 years; both at work and my personal computers. I've never had a problem. I'm sure if I had bought these drives at a bricks and mortar store they would have been fine, but unfortunately the seller treats these like books; throw them into a box, put in a few air pillows and ship them out. When I opened the box, they were COMPLETELY UNPROTECTED from the handling during shipping. My drives were covered in little dents to the top cover. NOTE to the seller: you simply CAN NOT ship hard drives like this! I'm going to be putting valuable data on these drives and they MUST be reliable. I can not trust drives that have been shipped this way.
After attempting to format the drives, they were full of bad sectors (no doubt due to the poor handling/shipping.)
Seagate, if you're reading this review, you might want to suggest that your drives are not mis-handled like this. Very disappointing.
Not much to say about this 2TB drive other than it works as intended, however have recently discovered that this is an SMR drive. I bought this specifically to replace my old Barracuda backup drive so it is fit for purpose. A word of warning to those looking to buy this drive as a system drive however, avoid. You should look to find a PMR drive instead.
Seagate Barracuda Compute drives in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB are all SMR. The 1TB Compute drive is PMR. Barracuda Pro drives are all PMR, hence the inflated price. Do not be persuaded by the 256MB cache, this offsets the drop in random read/write speed associated to the SMR drive. Seagate do not disclose which of their drives utilize SMR and have removed this information from their datasheets, so I hope this informs your purchases.