Seagate 1.5 TB Barracuda LP

I recently purchased as Seagate 1.5 TB Barracuda LP Series of Hard Drives. They sell for about $99 bucks for OEM on Newegg or $109 Retail Boxed. I will keep this hardware review short.

hard-disk-42935AVOID THE SEAGATE 1.5 TB LP DRIVE AT ALL COST!!!

Here is a forum with hundreds of people with the same thoughts as me: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/252416-32-seagate-barracuda-st31500541as-loud-random-clicking-noise

My Seagate Barracuda LP (ST31500541AS) has about 900 GB on it and I woke up one day to it clicking repeatedly (The click of Death). Luckly it’s not really dead, after a power cycle it returned to normal functionality, but it clicks on access. Clicking is the sound the drive makes when it is recalibrating, which if it does too much can damage the head, or disk. I believe this issue is related the Seagate’s attempt to save energy by adjusting the spindle speed and a read error occurs.

People have reported that SMART scans and firmware updates have no effect, and that the OEM and retail versions are both likely to develop this problem.

I’m just waiting on the day I wake up and it’s totally dead. I wouldn’t want anyone else to make the same mistake I did. I know people with problems are more vocal about them then those who don’t, but this is one of those times where they are correct. Don’t buy this drive thinking you can take better care of it. This reminds me of the 6 GB Mini Disk drive I bought from Seagate years ago, remember those? It took me a few years (Three I think) To finally get it working… It was a manufacturing defect that was actually easily fixable. I may write about it too….

*Click Click*

*Click Click Click*

*Click* *Click*

*Click* *Click Click*

2 Comments
  1. dave August 16, 2010 at 10:56 am

    very true! i am currently testing if firmware cc35 fixes the clicking.. anyone can share knowledge about cc35 ?

    • Jason August 16, 2010 at 11:34 am

      I still have this drive and I use it sparingly because of the clicking! Please keep me informed and I will also test out the new firmware here!

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