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Old April 12, 2009, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Perineum View Post
I'd like to think that *any* company that was previously making good hard drives doesn't lose it all in under a year spontaneously.
It's been WAY more than a year in the making...
(IMO at least) It seems they started their steep descent into crapdom when they first purchased Maxtor.

Something in that company must have been infectious.
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Old April 14, 2009, 06:10 AM
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Well, since I came home from vacation, I unpacked the drive and fired it up...
Good to go for now. It does what it's intended to do, not more not less.

There is a distinctive "click" when the "heads" are going to sleep (set to 15 minutes). I suppose it's normal to hear it.
The drive is a ST3160811AS..not covered by the firmware issue...we'll see. It runs a little hot, and the little foot stand to install it vertically is cr4ppy, so I have it in horizontal position, they're is only 1/8" gap underneath it, cause the little legs are so small. One of these days, I might take it out of the enclosure and install in in my case...
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Old April 26, 2009, 07:31 PM
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use it as a back up image drive. just schedule incremental backups and you're set for a pc nightmare.
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Old April 26, 2009, 09:39 PM
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Why not flash the drive to the newest firmware if you are worried about it. Although I have 2 of the 7200.11 drives that I have had for over a year without any issues.
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Old April 26, 2009, 10:35 PM
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Off course USB drive are slow, it's not because of the speed of the drive, Get a Esata ext. drive if you want speed. of course your board have to support it.

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Also, being USB, is that drive is really slow? I mean 7200 RPM, 32mo cache, seems ok ,no?
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