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Seagate Desktop HDD 3TB Review

Introduction
Desktop PC still can’t live without normal hard disk drive (HDD) due to large capacity and cheaper price compare to Solid-state drive (SSD). There is several type of internal HDD that you can choose from – high performance and costly drive to cheaper and slower green drive. There are SSHD and NAS drives too. Depend what kind of usage do you need, performance drive for operating system and slower drive for archive data. Seagate Desktop HDD 3TB ST3000DM001 (formerly known as Barracuda) is on the middle of the class which provides high capacity for desktop applications at an affordable price. How does it perform? Let’s find out…

Extreme Gaming & Video Editing Computer System

Is PC industry dying? Nope, I just upgraded my extreme gaming and video editing computer system. Previous PC system serves me well for the past 6 years. And it is still able to do basic office, blogging and surfing tasks. But slow for 3D gaming and of course video, photo editing as well. There are still tasks that cannot be done by tablet and smartphone. So here you are – my latest extreme gaming and video editing computer system. You will need a powerful multi core CPU for fast video editing. Enough memory so that it won’t slow down when hard drive page file kicks in. SSD to speed up the whole process as normal HDD is usually the bottleneck that slows the whole system down. Therefore, slow HDD but big capacity is used for data storage and backup only. And SSD is for Windows OS and storage for ongoing tasks. Fast GPU is required for extreme gaming of course. And finally you will need good cooling system to let you increase performance further by overclock them…

Should I use Seagate certified repaired hard drive?

Yeah… I received my defective Seagate hard drive replacement after 3 days I returned it through RMA. It was sent from Singapore. The hard drive was labeled as certified repaired drive. Hmm… A common question came to my mind ~ should I use Seagate certified repaired hard drive? Anyway, I benchmark it. And the result looks promising. Hopefully, it can perform for years.

Seagate certified repaired hard drive

How to diagnostic faulty hard drive?

It is time to diagnostic hard drive if you discover these hard drive failure symptoms. Some of the hard drive issue might be caused by software, therefore a hard drive diagnostic tool software is needed to determine the condition of the disk drive. Most of the hard drive companies like Seagate, Western Digital (WD) and SAMSUNG need you to check your hard drive condition with their own hard drive diagnostic tool before sending faulty hard drive for replacement (if still under warranty).

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How to return defective hard drive for replacement?

After you diagnostic faulty hard drive and discovered it was defective. Then it is time to return it back for replacement if still under warranty. Most of the hard drives come with 3 years limited warranty, but certain computer retail shop only covers for the 1st year. Therefore, you need to send it back on your own. How to return defective hard drive for replacement? Simple, just file a RMA request and process from there. Of course, you need to test it with hard drive diagnostic tool first. And make sure that it is really defective before sending it back…

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