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  1. Hi Arjun, we are sorry to hear you are having issues with your Seagate drive! Since you are stating the drive is entirely dead, using free data recovery tools (which we normally recommend first) unfortunately will not work. In case the data on the drive is important and needs to be recovered, you can check out our In-Lab Recovery Service which -as mentioned- is a bit costly but the good news is that if we are not able to recover your data, it will not cost you anything! In case you do have any questions before trying that service, please go to the linked page and ask any questions you might have...
  2. Thanks guys! Glad to hear you like what we are doing - we are excited to expand our forums presence even further in the future! Enjoy your new drives!
  3. That's a great question we are happy to answer: In your case you should definitely go with the BarraCuda or the BarraCuda Pro and here is why: Many consumers seem not to be aware of choosing the right hard drive for the right application - although it actually matters a lot! Hard drives are built for specific usage scenarios and picking the right drive for each purpose significantly influences performance, reliability and life span. You can say there are roughly three categories of drives: NAS, Surveillance and PC/Gaming/Backup/Storage. The confusing part ist that obviously every manufacturer labels their drives differently. One of our major competitors uses colors; we try to differentiate as follows: IronWolf Drives for NAS Applications SkyHawk Drives for Surveillance Applications BarraCuda Drives for PC and Gaming Besides varying in vibration tolerance, different hard disk drive types are built to perform differently in regards to read/write work load ratio, e.g. a surveillance drive is optimized for 24/7 write operations, whereas a regular PC/backup/gaming drive is not and will most probably fail much faster or decrease in SMART health when operated in a surveillance device. Attached is quick overview of the main characteristics of drive types. We hope that answers your question. Enjoy your new drive!
  4. Hi Aeri, we noticed your high end build for gaming and would like to add something that might be useful in your decision making which hard drive to pick. No matter if you pick a Seagate or a competitor drive, you might want to consider a higher end hard drive for increased performance and reliability to avoid hard drive bottlenecks. Since you seem to be going for gaming, we would recommend the BarraCuda Pro since your gaming workload on the drive might also be much higher than with regular PC duties; the BarraCuda Pro also comes with 5 years of warranty to keep you covered (see our BarraCuda Overview Page). Another internal hard drive option for even faster gaming performance is the FireCuda. Whichever drive or manufacturer you go for, happy gaming!
  5. Hi AylmaoXD588, thanks for considering a Seagate BarraCuda! Looks like you are more going for a higher end build for mainly gaming... In case you are interested in increased hard drive performance and reliability to avoid HDD bottlenecks, you might like the BarraCuda Pro. Whereas the "regular" BarraCuda is designed for Backup and Storage, the BarraCuda Pro is made for high performance desktop applications and gaming with extended warranty. If you have a minute you can compare all BarraCuda drives right HERE. Any questions, please let us know...
  6. Hi MAT0S0, thanks for considering a Seagate hard drive! Much more important than the price ("cheap" does not always mean "cheap quality") ist to buy the right drive for your projected purpose and environment. Nowadays objectively all major hard drive manufacturers are working hard to optimize performance as well as reliability with each new generation of drives. Obviously each physical drive will fail at some point - however, if the right drive type is used in each scenario, modern hard drives usually last much longer than their minimum life time expectancy. Since you seem to be going for gaming, we would recommend the BarraCuda Pro since your gaming workload on the drive might also be much higher than with regular PC duties; the BarraCuda Pro also comes with 5 years of warranty to keep you covered (see our BarraCuda Overview Page). Another internal hard drive option for even faster gaming performance is the FireCuda. Any questions, please let us know...
  7. Moving files quickly isn't the only reason to consider NAS rated (red-label) HDDs for your NAS. Different drives are engineered with different environments and uses in mind. NAS-rated drives are optimized for 24x7 use with multiple user technology, whereas standard desktop drives are typically rated for 8 hours a day x 5 days a week use and for single users/devices. Another consideration when it comes to NAS devices or enclosures is vibration. When you put more than a couple hard drives together in these enclosures, they have the potential to really beat down each-other and cause performance and longevity issues just with the sheer force of all the moving, rotating parts involved. One way NAS drives are superior in this use case is they have firmware and sometimes RV sensors built in which are designed to manage and mitigate these vibration issues. They are also designed to handle different workloads. For example, a standard Seagate BarraCuda drive is rated to handle up to 55TB of data per year, whereas a Seagate IronWolf NAS drive is rated to handle up to 180TB per year, and the IronWolf Pro being rated for up to 300TB per year. Typically, NAS rated drives also will have a longer warranty period. So choosing drives engineered for the specific application in mind is the best way of protecting the performance and longevity of the drives you buy. If you'd like to check it out, here is a video with further information on choosing the right drive for the right job.
  8. We are sorry to hear about the noise you're experiencing here. If you'd like to further check your drive just to make sure there's no issues with it, you can find our free diagnostic tool SeaTools here. One advantage of the BarraCuda Pro is a longer warranty period, so if you do feel like your drives may need to be looked into for warranty information, you can find our warranty validation page here.
  9. Hi there! Seems like unfortunately the bumping does not get you the help you requested so far... We can only speak for your hard drive selection and would like to thank you for considering a Seagate drive! The BarraCuda series is designed for regular computing, gaming and backups and as long as you don't use this type of drive in a 24/7 environment (e.g. in a NAS), you should be good to go. Additionally, since you are considering a SSD as your boot / programs device, the BarraCuda is a great addition for the necessary capacity and performance in regards to your gaming plans. If you have any questions, please let us know. Thanks and happy gaming!
  10. Hi Woodman, thank you for considering a BarraCuda! Any major manufacturer of hard drives has been working hard over decades to make hard drives faster and more reliable. The BarraCuda series is designed for regular computing, gaming and backups and although you will always have the issues of a mechanical device eventually - as long as you don't use this type of drive in a 24/7 environment (e.g. in a NAS), you should be good to go.
  11. 2.5" drives are typically laptop drives, they're smaller to fit into laptop bays and they also have different power optimizations as laptops need more efficient power management for portability and battery life. Just for comparison, here is what the spec sheets for the 2.5" and 3.5" FireCuda drives show: 2.5" (spec sheet here): Startup Current: 1.0, Average seek power for 2TB model 1.7/1.8 W and for 1TB and 500GB models 1.6/1.7 W, average idle power 0.5 W for 2TB and for 1TB and 500GB models 0.45 W. 3.5" (spec sheet here): Typical operating power for 2TB model 6.7 W and for 1TB model 5.9 W, Typical idle power for 2TB model 4.5 W and for 1TB model 3.36 W. It also lists a 2TB standby/sleep mode typical power of 0.75 W for 2TB model and 0.63 W for 1TB model.
  12. For NAS/server use, you're actually going to be better off with a NAS rated drive, these usually are referred to as red-labeled drives. Different drives are built for different use cases. A NAS-rated drive is rated for 24x7 use, being continuously ready to go at a moment's notice with firmware optimizations for multiple users/device access, and vibration control. When you bunch up hard drives together in enclosures typical for NAS units or servers, the confinement with all of that spinning, operation, and moving parts creates a lot of vibration, and the hard drives can really beat up on each-other. NAS drives are optimized with firmware that manages and mitigates these issues, and some also have RV (Rotational Vibration) sensors which serve this purpose even further. You're not going to see that kind of firmware and design in a standard desktop rated drive. For comparison, a standard BarraCuda drive is rated for 8 hours a day x 5 day a week usage, and to handle up to 55TB of data per year, whereas a standard IronWolf NAS drive is rated for the mentioned 24x7 use and to handle up to 180TB per year, with the IronWolf Pro rated for 300TB per year. Another consideration is warranty. One of the things that people like about drives rated for NAS use is they typically come with longer warranties as well. For example, a standard BarraCuda comes with a 2 year warranty and a standard IronWolf comes with a 3 year warranty, with the Pro edition having a 5 year warranty. Regardless of which drive you determine is right for you in the end, thank you for considering Seagate!
  13. Hi domandric, we are very sorry to hear your drive failed that quickly... Although we certainly do not deny that there will always be issues with any hard drive at some point (they are mechanical devices that just wear off), as already stated we are constantly trying to enhance our drives since 1979 - in regards to performance and reliability. Modern hard drives from ANY manufacturer can be considered high tech devices that have been optimized over decades. As a side note - if you are interested in how hard drives really work, please take a look at this link: How Hard Disk Drives Work To get back to your question: of course we are not interested in and do not expect drives to be failing as quickly as yours which is why in those cases we are replacing those devices under warranty. We hope you took advantage of having your drive replaced back when that happened...
  14. Hi Technicolor, all major manufacturers try to improve their lifetime and reliability year by year. Besides choosing a brand, it is much more important to use the right drive for your purpose - e.g. if you are running in a 24/7 environment, you might not want to use a regular desktop drive. We recommend picking your drive type in regards to your usage behavior as of the table below: Technically speaking, we don't necessarily use bull**** to figure out SSD cache/HDD usage... The SSHD tries to combine some of the most important SSD features with high capacities of regular HDDs. Forum cross-linking is not allowed but there was a user test in another forum showing that -especially in a PS4- near-SSD performance is reached after booting or loading the same content about 3-4 times.
  15. Hi, Wmaximilian. The spec sheet for our 4TB BarraCuda drive shows a normal temperature range of 0-60° C, so you're well within the normal limits here and doesn't seem like much to worry about unless you're experiencing any specific problems. If you'd like to check on the health of your drive for peace of mind, Seagate has a free tool called SeaTools for this.