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  1. Some drives do, however, have it stated clearly in the specifications/manuals for the drive, for example: Here is an official product manual including drives from our current consumer desktop BarraCuda line. Under the introduction section, there is a list with a heading of "These drives provide the following key features:" The first item on the list is 7200 RPM spindle speed. Here is another example: At the following general specification link for BarraCuda Pro drives, there is a column labeled Spindle Speed (RPM) where it shows those drives as 7200 RPM. Here is a spec sheet for our FireCuda SSHD 2.5" drives, the heading of the sheet states 5400 RPM. There are numerous examples with the drive speeds being listed, including in our IronWolf NAS drives and SkyHawk surveillance drives, sometimes it is not listed as clearly, but as mentioned, we would be happy to help provide information where needed for specific models. The reason we are on these forums is to be a resource for users.
  2. We are sorry that the spec information for certain drives is not appearing to be clear. Some of our current consumer drives list them very clearly in the spec sheet, others it's a little harder to find, we are sorry for the confusion there, it is not done intentionally and we'd be happy to clear up the RPM speed on a particular drive if given the model number. There are many times that we make these clarifications on forums proactively. Thank you for pointing this out.
  3. You can check the health of the drive utilizing our free diagnostic tool SeaTools. As already mentioned above, just make sure you are backing up your data securely.
  4. FireCuda with a 2TB capacity comes in two different form factors, 2.5" (model ST2000LX001) and 3.5" (model ST2000DX002). The 2.5" version has a spinning platter speed of 5400 RPM, the 3.5" has 7200 RPM. We can't say for sure without knowing the model number, but where you said you saw a data sheet that said 140 MB/s transfer speed, it appears you have the 2.5" model, and the spec sheet says up to 140 MB/s. Here is the spec sheet for the 3.5" as well. The 5400 RPM would be slower than the 7200 RPM, 2.5" drives are often 5400 RPM laptop drives. If you'd like, for the sake of being thorough, to check that your drive is healthy, you can download our free diagnostic tool SeaTools here.
  5. Actually, the current model 2TB (ST2000DM006) and 3TB (ST3000DM008) versions of the BarraCuda are also 7200 RPM. Here is the spec sheet.
  6. You may want to consider going with drives branded for NAS use. With environments like servers and NAS, where multiple hard drives are being stored and used close together in enclosures, there can be a lot of vibration generated which could potentially effect both the longevity and performance of the drives, and this is one of the main considerations taken into account from an engineering standpoint in drives rated for NAS, or usually red-labeled drives, such as Seagate IronWolf & IronWolf Pro. The firmware on these drives is designed to detect and mitigate issues with these vibrations, in addition to being more robust than standard desktop drives. The BarraCuda, like most standard desktop drives, is rated for 8 hours a day x 5 days a week use, and pushing up to 55TB of data per year, whereas the IronWolf series is rated for 24x7 use, multiuser technology, and up to 180 TB of data per year, with the IronWolf Pro being rated for up to 300TB per year. The standard BarraCuda has a 2 year warranty, the IronWolf a 3 year, and the IronWolf Pro a 5 year with 2 free years of Rescue Services as well. Thank you for considering Seagate, regardless of which drives you decide to go with in the end!
  7. Yep, as far as NAS storage goes, we have our IronWolf and IronWolf Pro series drives. They're robust drives designed for multiuser, 24x7 uptime NAS use, firmware designed to detect and mitigate issues with the vibrations that are common in NAS/server enclosures, and pushing more data than a standard desktop drive. Most desktop drives are rated for 8 hours a day x 5 days a week use pushing up to 55TB of data per year, whereas the IronWolf drives is rated for 24x7 use and can push up to 180TB per year, with the IronWolf Pro able to push up to 300TB. The standard IronWolf also has a 3 year warranty and the IronWolf Pro a 5 year warranty, whereas desktop drives typically have only a 2 year warranty. There is even an exclusive IronWolf firmware known as IronWolf Health Management (IHM) specific to certain IHM-enabled Synology units and ASUSTOR units which takes drive health monitoring above and beyond standard S.M.A.R.T monitoring. Thank you for considering Seagate, regardless of which drive(s) you choose in the end!
  8. If you'd like to go the recovery route, you can try Seagate Recovery Services, there are also many 3rd party companies that do this, you'd just have to search around for recommendations on what other users have liked. If you'd like to find out if the drive is under warranty still, you can use our Warranty Validation tool. If you'd like to, you can get in touch directly with Seagate Customer Support here.
  9. We are sorry to hear that you're experiencing issues with your drive. The first and most important thing for your data is that if you hear any clicking sounds coming from the drive, don't try doing anything with it connected, as every time the drive is turned on or attempts to use it are made when the drive is clicking puts your data even more at risk of being unrecoverable. If the drive is not clicking, you can try running SeaTools for DOS and see if the drive is seen there to check it for errors. As far as recovering the data goes, Seagate does offer Recovery Services, there are also many 3rd party options available, you'd just have to do some research as far as what other users recommend. If you'd like to look into whether or not the drive is under warranty, you can do so using our Warranty Validation tool.
  10. Nowhere in our posts do we claim that the FireCuda SSHD is as good as an SSD. We even share charts in our posts which show the drive's performance is not the same as SSD. We suggest the FireCuda when a user wants some of the benefit of SSD but cannot/is having trouble finding room for one in their budget, or simply doesn't want to spend the money going with a full SSD when their needs don't require it. We are simply educating on our available options so that users can make informed decisions.
  11. Needs more cowbell. That's about it. Kidding. It's a really cool build. Congrats and have fun!
  12. As Kered124 mentioned, a server like this would benefit from Nas-rated drives (current Seagate branding: IronWolf) as they are rated for 24x7 use, up to 180TB of data per year (IronWolf Pro is up to 300TB per year) whereas most standard desktop drives are only rated for 8 hours a day x 5 days a week use and up to 55TB of data per year. Most desktop drives have a 2 year warranty, and a standard IronWolf comes with a 3 year warranty (the IronWolf Pro has a 5 year warranty) and these drives also have firmware designed to detect and mitigate vibration issues from a large amount of drives running together so that you don't see decrease in performance or longevity, and multiple user technology. Good luck with the server build, regardless of which drive(s) you decide to go with in the end!
  13. With your level of budget in mind, it is hard to fit in an SSD. They're fantastic tech, but not cheap. It would be a significant increase to your budget. One solution which wouldn't cost much more than the storage you've listed, however, is to consider going with an SSHD or Solid-State Hybrid Drive (Current Seagate branding: FireCuda). These drives utilize an SSD cache for your most frequently accessed data so that it gives faster load-time performance, then also has a larger spinning storage capacity so that you still get solid storage space bang for your buck. If you're curious as to how these drives fare in comparison to other drive types, here are a couple of charts you may find of interest: The first one compares startup times across several popular games on a traditional spinning 7200 RPM HDD, our SSHD, and an M.2 SSD (128GB). The white is for SSD, the orange is for our SSHD, and the gray is for the 7200 spinning HDD. Startup Times The next one compares the first 3 days of gaming storage utilization across several popular titles, and SYSmark ratings from various drive types and combinations. First of the grays is 7200 RPM 1TB spinning HDD, second (lightest gray) is our SSHD, third (darkest gray) is an SSD + 7200 RPM HDD combo, purple is SSD + our SSHD combo, and lastly blue is SSD. First 3 Days Gaming Storage Utilization Good luck with your build, regardless of which drive you decide to go with in the end!
  14. This looks like an awesome build. Have fun with it! .......and we too were expecting to see like Brian's 2JZ Supra from The Fast and The Furious or something. *shakes head*
  15. Here is a link to the prototype image if anyone would like to check it out And here is the official Seagate press release as well. The timeline as it stands right now is customer samples being anticipated in the first half of 2018.