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Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive ST3500418AS-Bare Drive

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Capacity: 500 GB

Technical Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Spindle Speed is 7,200 RPM
  • Delivers 500 GB capacity, 16 MB Cache
  • Interface option is SATA 3Gb/s NCQ
  • Ships with the industry most reliable and proven perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology
  • Best-in-class rotational vibration tolerance ensures unrivalled performance in high spindle-density applications.
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Product Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 4 x 1 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001VKYA5E
  • Item model number: ST3500418AS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (429 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at February 1, 2009

Product Description

Capacity: 500 GB

From the Manufacturer

Seagate® Barracuda® drives deliver reliable service and high performance. The Barracuda family has been developed and refined over 12 generations and embodies the highest levels of design for reliability and performance. While Barracuda LP is the low power leader, the entire family of Barracuda drives lead with environmental friendly storage. Typically 70 percent or more of the materials used in each drive are recycled as well as being RoHS compliant. With capacities from 160GB all the way to 2TB, and cache sizes up to 64MB, there is Barracuda drive to fit your needs. Whether it's mainstream PC, high-end PC, gaming PC, desktop RAID or storage for USB/FireWire/eSATA connected external, Seagate offers a Barracuda drive for every need.

Seagate® Barracuda® 3.5-Inch Internal Drive
What the experts are saying...
Barracuda LP drive
Performance and reliability for everyone
Working with huge files has never been easier. That's because the Seagate Barracuda drive is incredibly fast, and offers all the storage space you need. Best of all, Seagate reliability is built in.
The Seagate Barracuda 3.5-inch Internal Drive is perfect for replacing or expanding your desktop drive capacity in:
  • Desktop PCs and Macs
  • Workstations
  • Direct- and network-attached external storage devices
  • PC-based game systems
  • Home servers
Why Choose the Seagate Barracuda drive
  • Lowers your storage costs without sacrificing performance
  • Gives you all the storage capacity you need, from 160GB up to 1.5TB
  • Features a fast 7200-RPM drive that delivers sustained transfer rates of up to 125MB/s
  • Delivers the optimum mix of performance and energy efficiency thanks to perpendicular recording technology, a SATA 3Gb/s interface, Native Command Queuing (NCQ), and up to 32MB cache
  • Ensures whisper-quiet operation, reduced power consumption and heat generation
  • Includes Seagate�s proven, industry-leading reliability
Maximum PC “First two platter 1TB drive; wicked fast. Beats previous contender easily.”
-Maximum PC, July 2009
TechTree “Blazing fast speeds, silent, cool, energy efficient” 2009 Editors choice award.
-TechTree, April 2009
PC Authority “Strong performance and noticeably quieter than its predecessor. The Barracuda 7200.12 1TB is more than good enough for an OS drive, but also good bottomless storage for your movies and music.”
-PC Authority, September 2009
Club Overclocker “Over the period of about 4 weeks of brutal testing, I was unable to find any issues or anomalies in their performance. The Barracuda 7200.12 hard drives appear to be the real deal with solid performance at an excellent price. Club Overclocker Recommended.”
-Club Overclocker, March 2009
Good Gear Guide “The Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB hard drive is speedy and offers good value. If you need 1TB of data storage in a single drive, this is worth considering.”
-Good Gear Guide, April 2009
Big Bruin “Considering price, performance, and energy efficiency, the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB hard drive earns the award of "Recommended".”
-Big Bruin, April 2009

Seagate is thinking green.

"Seagate had already begun demanding 'full materials disclosure' of its suppliers, requiring them to report all the chemicals present in their products, when Apple came knocking with its new orders in 2007."
� Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek
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Seagate® Barracuda® Family Hard Drives: Desktop storage for every need
Barracuda LP Barracuda XT Barracuda Family Hard Drives

Barracuda Drive Specifications
Specifications 1.5 TB1 1 TB1 750 GB1 500 GB1 320 GB1 250 GB1 160 GB1
Model Number ST31500341AS ST31000528AS ST3750528AS ST3500418AS
ST3320418AS ST3250318AS ST3160318AS
Interface Options SATA 3Gb/s NCQ SATA 3Gb/s NCQ SATA 3Gb/s NCQ SATA 3Gb/s NCQ SATA 3Gb/s NCQ SATA 3Gb/s NCQ SATA 3Gb/s NCQ
Transfer Rate, Max Ext (MB/s) 300 300 300 300 300 300 300
Sustained Data Rate OD (MB/s) 120 125 125 125 125 125 125
Cache (MB) 32 32 32 16 16 8 8
Average Latency (ms) 4.16 4.17 4.17 4.17 4.17 4.17 4.17
Spindle Speed (RPM) 7200 7200 7200 7200 7200 7200 7200
Bytes per Sector 512 512 512 512 512 512 512
Reliability/Data Integrity              
Contact Start-Stops 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000
Nonrecoverable Read Errors per Bits Read 1 per 10E14 1 per 10E14 1 per 10E14 1 per 10E14 1 per 10E14 1 per 10E14 1 per 10E14
Annualized Failure Rate 0.34% 0.34% 0.34% 0.34% 0.34% 0.34% 0.34%
Limited Warranty (years) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Power Management
Startup Current +12V Peak (A, ±10%) 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
Operating, Average (W) <10.8 <9.4 <9.4 <8.0 <8.0 <8.0 <8.0
Idle, Average (W) <8.3 <5.0 <5.0 <5.0 <5.0 <5.0 <5.0
Temperature (�C)              
   Operating 0 to 60 0 to 60 0 to 60 0 to 60 0 to 60 0 to 60 0 to 60
   Nonoperating �40 to 70 �40 to 70 �40 to 70 �40 to 70 �40 to 70 �40 to 70 �40 to 70
Shock (Gs)              
   Operating: 2 ms 70 70 70 70 70 70 70
   Nonoperating: 1 ms 300 300 300 350 350 350 350
Acoustics (bels � sound power)              
   Idle 2.6 2.5 2.5 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6
   Seek 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.75 2.75 2.75 2.75
Height (in/mm) 1.02/26.11 1.02/26.1 1.02/26.1 0.78/20 0.78/20 0.78/20 0.78/20
Width (in/mm) 4.00/101.6 4.00/101.6 4.00/101.6 4.00/101.6 4.00/101.6 4.00/101.6 4.00/101.6
Depth (in/mm) 5.78/146.99 5.787/146.99 5.787/146.99 5.787/146.99 5.787/146.99 5.787/146.99 5.787/146.99
Width (in/mm) 1.4/0.64 1.4/0.64 1.4/0.64 1.2/0.54 1.2/0.54 1.2/0.54 1.2/0.54
1 One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one trillion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity.

How much will it store? Digital Music Digital Photos Digital Video DVD Quality Movies HD Video
Capacity Digital Music
Digital Photos
Digital Videos
DVD Quality
HD Video
160 GB 2,666 51,200 160 40 40
250 GB 4,165 80,000 250 63 63
320 GB 5,331 102,400 320 80 80
500 GB 8,330 160,000 500 125 125
640 GB 10,662 204,800 640 160 160
750 GB 12,495 240,000 750 188 188
1.0 TB 16,660 320,000 1,000 250 250
1.5 TB 24,990 480,000 1,500 375 375
Average file size using cameras highest resolution JPEG mode
Based on standard 2 hour movie
Based on H.264 compression at a 6.75Mbs bitrate

  Windows 7
Users can expect a performance boost when using Seagate hard drives with Windows 7
  • Windows 7 has shown to use fewer hard drive resources for system boot and general OS operations, speeding up overall performance and leaving more storage resources for applications.
  • Cache efficiency has improved. Customers who choose Seagate drives with bigger cache options will see added benefit. Seagate testing confirms improved performance from Windows Vista to Windows 7 on like hard drives with only cache size differences.

Product Description

The Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 drive delivers excellent power savings without sacrificing performance, giving customers the ability to manufacture eco-friendly PC systems and external storage systems that meet energysavings requirements. The drive combines proven technology with expert manufacturing to deliver up to 1 TB of desktop storage. With the Barracuda 7200.12 drive, our customers can have the best of both worlds—top hard-drive performance and a high-capacity drive with a very small eco-footprint. Seagate is committed to Minimizing the impact of our products and operations on the environment. We have implemented production efficiency measures, such as replacing or renovating less-efficient equipment, resulting in a 20 percent increase in production efficiency on a per-hard-drive basis. In just six months this delivered a savings of 158.93 million kWh, or enough energy to power nearly 15,000 U.S. homes for one year. Seagate also has deployed aggressive waste minimization and recycling programs in facilities worldwide. The Barracuda product family complies with the Restriction of Hazardous Substance (RoHS) directive that limits the use of hazardous materials in electronic goods.


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Capacity: 500 GB
Average Customer Rating
3.6 out of 5 stars (429 customer reviews)
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195 of 210 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars I believe problems are resolved !, December 6, 2008
By Honest Guy "geffroman" (Huntington Beach, Ca USA) - See all my reviews
I've watched the issue with these drives carefully for about 2 months. It looks like Seagate solved the problem and that a vocal few were ever really affected. By few I mean relative to the thousands sold. And I am not defending Seagate. This whole fiasco was unacceptable.

I picked up 8 of these drives. I'm running them in 4 separate DLink DNS-321 RAID boxes. I've copied about 4TB of data back and forth across them for days. My only firmware update needed was for the DLink so that it could properly handle the new 1.5TB drives.

In the end I believe all is well with both the drives and the DLink DNS-321. I will of course update this review immediately if I see any problems.

We are able to watch movies from this drive arrangement on 3 computers simultaneously across a 100mb network from the same drive while adding new files to the drive from a 4th computer.

This means I can be adding movies unattended to the system while watching an Epic Man movie on the plasma in the living room... while the kids are watching Monsters Inc in the bedroom... and the wife is off watching some chic flick in the Den. :)

The combination of DLink and these 1.5TB drives is fantastic and seems as stable as the WD 1TBs I was using previously.

Don't confuse your drive DIEING after a week with the previous firmware problems of this particular drive. Blame the vendor that shipped the drive like it could bounce !

I will say I am sick of Amazon, Tiger and other vendors shipping hard drives like they are indestructible ROCKS. Even if they arrive working, this inadequate packaging is certainly taking years off the life of our drives. One of my 8 arrived DEAD as a brick thanks to this nonsense. I am furious about this issue !

Will it take a class action to stop this behavior of guaranteeing future drive sales by damaging todays drives through deliberate mishandling of our purchases ?! Wake up AMAZON ! Wake up TIGER !

UPDATE: Dec 14 2009
One year later, I own 22 of these drives now. 12 are running daily in DNS-321 Raid boxes. The other 10 are used as back up drives in a drop in SATA adapter. No failures since 2 in the first few weeks, I believe due to poor packaging. About 6 of my drives came with the BAD firmware. I never had issues with that either. Call me blessed. I just think the DNS-321 and these drives work very well together.

345 of 378 people found the following review helpful:
1.0 out of 5 stars Works fine after applying firmware update, November 2, 2008
By John Smiley (Seattle, WA) - See all my reviews
Update: I wrote this review before a firmware update was made available and my comments reflect the situation at the time. When the updates were made available, I flashed my 5 drives and they've been working fine ever since. I'd change the rating to a 4 star if the editor allowed.

I and many others have been experiencing serious problems with these drives including:

* dropping out of RAID configurations for no apparent reason
* being ejected from a RAID configuration due to read / write errors
* freezing for up to 30 seconds

These problems have been reported on Linux, Vista, XP, and OS X and appear to be related to how the drives flush their write cache. In many cases, the drives work fine for days or weeks before problems appear. In my case, I bought five of these for my Qnap TS-509 Pro and they worked great for about two weeks under various read / write loads. Since then, I've had all three of the problems mentioned above on different drives and they are growing progressively worse. The latest problem was three of the five drives disappearing from the RAID5 volume while I was attempting to copy the files to a different NAS.

A work-around that has been successful for some is to disable the disk write cache. Other than the obvious performance penalty and reduced lifespan this causes, some systems do not provide a means of disabling disk write cache (such as the Qnap).

References to these problems can be found on many forum threads:


The most informative thread may be found on Seagate's own support forum, where it appears Seagate is blaming everyone but themselves for the problem:

85 of 97 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Updated firmware now available!, November 20, 2008
By Ralph E. Richardson (Wayzata, MN United States) - See all my reviews
Here's the "consumable" snippet from an email that was sent to tech support/sales/AE's, etc.:

Seagate 1.5TB Customers,

Some Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB hard drives may show uncharacteristic
operation when used with Mac and Linux operating systems in multi-drive
configurations. Users may experiences pauses in video streaming applications
or a dropped drive from RAID arrays. Customers seeing these symptoms should
contact Seagate Technical Support for a firmware upgrade.

In order to assure the proper application of the new firmware, please email a
description of the issues youre seeing to Seagate ([...])
Please include the following disk drive information: model number, serial
number and current firmware revision. Also, please describe your
system,operating system and the application in use when the issue arose. We
will respond, promptly, to your email request with appropriate instructions.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Hard Drive, not happy with the packaging
I bought the same hard drive a little over a year ago from Best Buy for $70 and it came with cables, a CD for installation and was in a nice secured box.
Published 9 hours ago by Ampd

4.0 out of 5 stars Good HDD
Average HDD. No problems as of yet. seems solid and is working fine.
Published 15 hours ago by Jason K. Gay

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible amount of storage
This drive replaces the original 160 GB drive. I also had an external 500 GB for data. Now I partitioned this 1TB into 3 partitions so all is on one drive.
Published 6 days ago by Old T.V. Show Buff

5.0 out of 5 stars Barracuda Rocks !! Great HDD !!

Barracuda promises few things
1. Rotation Speed - for more data transfer
2. Lesser heat compared to previous baracudas
Published 7 days ago by Ganesh Narayanan

5.0 out of 5 stars Seagate SATA Drive
Great product, easy to install and set-up in Window 7. No brainer for computer geeks these days. The drive is fast and has great capacity.
Published 8 days ago by M. King

5.0 out of 5 stars Going Strong for 6 Months!
Drive has been going strong for 6 months without a single hiccup. Fantastic speeds, no noise, and a painless install. Looking forward to getting another soon.
Published 10 days ago by evan

4.0 out of 5 stars recertified works great
I dont normally buy used things, but this SATA 500 GB hard drive works perfectly. I recently bought a usb enclosure to use as an external hard drive and it works perfectly.
Published 12 days ago by itsproph

3.0 out of 5 stars works as expected
Its a hadr drive, it does what hard drives do, my only reservation is the fact that amazon no longer does any form of "price protection" so I have no way of knowing whether or not...
Published 12 days ago by Todd B. Lockhart

1.0 out of 5 stars Why do I bother to pay for PRIME when it doesn't work?
I ordered this specific HD 10/20/10 because the status was "buy from Amazon", it was "in stock", it was "eligible for (2 day) Prime", and I needed it soonest.
Published 13 days ago by Joe C. West

2.0 out of 5 stars Twice Failed But Seagate Replaced
Here is the long and short of it. I purchased two of these drives. One failed. Seagate replaced it (i paid the shipping of 10 bucks to send the drive in) the drive that was sent...
Published 14 days ago by B. Sweeney

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