I think the easiest and fastest way to check is to follow the video above only until the plastic strip is off. So stop at about 2:30 in the video.
You can then view the SN of the internal drive on the sticker that's underneath where the vent holds in that strip were.
Then check the warranty[seagate.com] using either ST4000DX000 or ST4000DM000 in the model/part number field. It will show unknown for one and a warranty expiration for the other. If the ST4000DX000 works, I think that should be confirmation that it's a 7200rpm.
This method should pose virtually no risk of damage as the strip comes off easily. I damaged quite a few of the tabs and little plastic pieces fully opening the case. But then again, I'm in the 96th percentile for Neanderthal DNA[23andme.com] so perhaps your motor skills are more refined.
So...I was about to buy the 4TB Western Digital My Book Live "http://www.amazon.com/Personal-Cloud-Storage-Share-Photos/dp/B0064XAIZY/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1361484959&sr=8-6&keywords=my+book+live" configured as RAID (1) to simply have a redundant backup of my data. (The NAS features are not important to me).
There was some discussion of other RAID configurations earlier in the discussion but does anyone know if the Seagate can be used for RAID1? I just want to have a duplicate backup and the seagate is half the price of the WD. (Or if anyone wants to suggest a better backup strategy at a similar price point that is not cloud storage, I'm all ears)
has anyone experienced the hard drive running extremely hot?! 63c all the time, and when I use Ashampoo HDD to check out the drive, it says health issue is not very good at 81%. Seek errors and read errors are my main concern and they both rated at 61% to 44%. I think this happens to all Seagate drives, but i want a second opinion.
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