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Seagate 1.5 TB Barracuda LP

by Jason GreenMarch 31, 2010

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*

About The Author
Jason Green
The writer and owner of Green Complex, Jason is an A+ Certified for Computer Hardware egghead and Eagle Scout since 1999 but has been building computers and programming for much longer. An enthusiast to say the least, his hobbies also include photography, video games, and reading. See his proficiencies on Smarterer.
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