dealsseagate solid state hybrid st1000lm014 1tb 64mb…

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Although not a good brand (sorry Seagate seen too many problems), not bad price to upgrade my MacBook's 720GB HDD

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Amazon is currently matching this price.

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@hondac95: This argument starts every time a hard drive is listed. Personally, I've had Maxtors and WDs fail, but no Seagates of Samsungs, and I have owned far more Seagates than anything else (~10). I understand this isn't a sufficient sample size, but my point is there are plenty of people who swear to both sides of this discussion.

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@hondac95 @fredwallace18
The problem is that having a hard drive fail on you has the potential to be absolutely devastating. Because it can cause such an emotional response, the event is often polarizing. So, while the reality is that ALL hard drives eventually fail, people land on different sides of the issue depending upon which brand burned them the worst.

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@fredwallace18: My reasoning for this is because I handle all the hdd deployments for my service guys for my company, and see increase failure on the Seagate HDD's at a rate of 2 per week. So I have a good reason to say this as we do not see this on their counterpart (WD). This is my opinion based on the amount of devices my company has (about 15K) so the increase of failures it is noticeable. BTW I did bought one for my upgrade, as for the use it will receive (personal), probably will last for years.

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I think it is worth noting that this hard drive is only running at 5400rpm, as is the 500gb version (and they don't make it very easy to tell)... but Seagate also makes a 750gb version that runs at 7200rpm, and I have been using one in my MacBook for a year with no problems or complaints, and there is a significant boost in performance.

I am sure the 1tb drive is a decent amount of bang for your buck, but I think the 750gb unit offers higher performance, albeit for a bit more money: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148940

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...oh yeah, these make great upgrade drives for your PS3 too!

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Agreed that no HDD mfg has a higher or lower failure rate. Anyone who claims otherwise either has too small of a sample size or is seeing failure related to a specific model, NOT the brand as a whole. Sometimes bad batches hit the market. Sometimes bad designs can cause internal faults. Sometimes laptop drives can be more shock resistant than others even though they passed the same tests (this would likely be a fault of the laptop case design).

Doesn't matter who it is - WDs, Toshibas, Seagates, Samsungs, and Maxtors, etc etc they will all eventually fail.

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@skahara: This is the main reason that I'm considering one. Load times are horrible for the games I play.

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@sharpjm: Thats wrong... WD has the lowest long term failure rate and Seagate over the past few years has been ever increasing, far beyond most other HD manufacturers... they are selling off these poor 1TB drives for cheap due to their high failure rates.

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@screwballl: Could you cite some reliable sources to back your claims?

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Can anyone comment on how well the "hybrid" system works?

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@beautyofmachines: I use them in 2 of my laptops. Definitely makes a difference in boot time (about 15 seconds from power-on to usable O/S). Depending on how many different programs you regularly use it can make many of them load faster. If you run a lot of different programs I wouldn't get the 1tb version (as noted it's 5200rpm) I'd go with the 750gb XT model a previous poster mentioned.

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To ALL,

This is a link to some good hard drive data...

http://www.storagereview.com/best_drives

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@beautyofmachines: I have this hard drive in the 750gb version. I recently installed it and have noticed marginally faster boot times. We're talking anywhere from seconds to fractions of a second quicker load times. It's a gimmick, but it's kind of nice.

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@nb109: how can I "cite" replacing a dozen or more of these 1-3TB Seagate drives for customers every week?

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will it replace a ps3 hard drive? how could i do it myself?