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Old May 5, 2010, 04:09 PM
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I bought that 1TB Free agent drive last year from futureshop. At the time, the sales clerks made a mistake and I ended up paying only $89 for the drive. It's a 7200.11 drive, but NOT affected by the faulty firmware.

USB 2.0 is SLOW...I'd like to "extract" the drive from it's original enclosure, and put it in a eSATA enclosure.
I was thinking about a Thermaltake docking station, PMed to $35. Or an ANTEC MX-1 actively cooled enclosure, using the eSATA interface of course.

eSATA is a lot faster right? Is it worth it to spend another $40 on that 1TB drive? Is the 5 years Seagate warranty for the HDD itself will be preserved, or it'll just void the warranty altogether?
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I know the drive inside the enclosure will not have a warranty (as the warranty is the drive+enclosure as a whole). eSATA is much faster if it works properly (e.g. I have a wonky AMD790GX/SB750 chipset so I give up S.M.A.R.T. in Windows to allow me to "safely remove" an eSATA drive). I also assume that "void warranty" tape is somewhere on or inside your enclosure...

What do you do with the drive? You'll have to decide whether the speed increase (to roughly the speed of an internal drive) is worth the money.
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Ihave recently seen 1 TB drives fore 79 $
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Old May 5, 2010, 06:43 PM
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Yea, i guess it's not worth voiding the warranty.
For now, that 1TB USB drive is not even plugged-in. I use it to keep my movies and other non-critical stuff.
I might as well keep it as it is.
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I know the drive inside the enclosure will not have a warranty (as the warranty is the drive+enclosure as a whole).
Can somebody else comment or have info to share?

Can't the drive inside be RMAed as a OEM drive? I mean do Seagate know which drives serial numbers have been put in these enclosures?
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The easiest way to tell is get the serial number from the drive itself and check it on the Seagate page

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As for getting the serial number for the drive you could just use Seatools and it should show the number. If not then you should be able to use a number of other programs out there. I know I use HD sentinel and I really like it. I believe there is a free trial basis.
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If you open the case warranty will be void AUTOMATICLY. So if you want to keep this warranty let it like it is. Yes E-sata is better but many people can't get them to work well and hot-swapable so you need to reboot all time you plug it in. pretty annoying forme. If you don't use the disk all the time, stick with USB.
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Ok,

I thought I could pass the drive to Seagate as OEM drive in case of failure. If it's not the case, might as well leave it in the enclosure. It's one of the 7200.11, but without the firmware that "bricks" drives. So with a little bit of luck, it's gonna fail within 5 years and I'll get something better. I can't really rely on this drive for critical storage, because of the 7200.11 series woes.

I didn't realize how slow USB hdds could be. On top of that, when it comes out of sleep, Windows explorer waits/seeks a little, so I leave the drive unplugged. As there is no on/off switch on that thing, it's an annoyance, I unplug power and data cables... I can't complain much, paid $89 for it last year.
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why didn't you just buy a regular 1tb drive? a 2tb green can be had for $113... very good data drive, suitable for use in an enclosure.
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I still say if you can use some software like HD sentinel to find out the actual serial number then you can put it into that warranty validation I linked too before then you would be able to see if it will be able to be passed as an OEM drive.

That way you will know without having to open it up.
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