If you're running a 64-bit version of Windows 7 home premium or higher, you can certainly run a 3TB hard drive to its full capacity. You will, however need a UEFI-capable motherboard. There are several guides as to how to do it online. Simply search 'Installing Windows 7 on a GPT hard drive'. Also, if you are unsure if your motherboard supports UEFI you can easily find it by looking through the BIOS.
I'd have to literally image my hard drive and then do it.
It's just not worth it until I fill up the 2 TB that is allowed.
Got a 4TB 7200 RPM Seagate as my storage drive, so that'll take a few months at least I'm guessing .
Impressive, 10 dollars less that Costco has it right now. After tax, about $7-9 less. I don't think this is that good of deal, just my 2 cents.
So basically, in California, taxes are on the cost the item was bought at from the Manufacturer, so Costco gets them at 139.99 (%8) tax in my area, means about 10.44 tax and the item is 119.99, compared to 12.44 tax on the 159.88 (8% tax) and item is 109.99. So in this case, not really a good deal as I stated.
Last edited by stopspazzing; 03-06-2013 at 08:45 PM..
Reason: added tax rate i used and how california taxes items
Good price. Bought mine around thanksgiving from amazon. Great copy speeds. Only downside so far is aggressive head parking, about 40 per hour for me, and drive is rated for a total 300,000 head parks. Comes out to 312 days if you leave it on 24/7. Seagate offers a firmware update for the internal version that reduces head parks to 4-5 per hour. Unfortunately CC4H update would not update my firmware version of CC9F. CrystalDiskInfo can disable APM but not permanently so you have to start application with Windows each time (Resident) option.
Your drive is farked or something. I too have a CC9F drive and I've been monitoring it for the past 30 minutes and it hasn't even parked once.
I have 5 of these drives,
Firmware / Power on hours / load/unload cycle count / cycles per hour
CC9E / 6045 / 8608 / 1.42
CC98 / 7018 / 21135 / 3.01
CC9F / 2505 / 4099 / 1.64
CC43 / 2425 / 1460 / 0.60
CC43 / 2282 / 1344 / 0.59
Yes, it seems the CC9X firmwares really do have pretty horrible head parking, but it's not anywhere near close to 40/hour for mine. I do have my computer set to spin the drives down, and they mostly contain video files. No system files.
Even my worst one with 3 cycles/hour would take 99617 hours to reach 300,000 cycles. That's 4150 days or 11.3 years. The lower the hours, the newer the drive. All are in the same system.
I got one of these about 2 weeks ago from Staples and it has firmware revision CC44. Also, if you want to update the firmware to CC44 there's a program Seagate has called drive detect where it checks for new firmware for you and lets you download new revisions. To update the firmware, I'm almost certain that the drive has to be connected via sata, not usb. I don't even know if I would attempt it over USB anyway.
Edit: I just checked to confirm that there isn't a newer firmware revision than CC44, and it looks like CC44 is the latest. Also, the automatic check wasn't working for me (I believe I have too many drives, it was working for another Seagate drive I have installed though) but it lets you check manually if you want; just hit the "clear form" button on the bottom and enter the serial # and then the model #. My drive model # is ST3000D001-1CH166 and it wasn't accepting it as a valid part #, but it did once I omitted the second string of digits (everything after the dash).
CrystalDiskInfo. Look at the "Load/Unload cycle count" line. After 68 power on hours my load unload cycle count 1015 and growing. Leave the program for a few hours and check the count again, it increases about 40 per hour and you can hear the drive making that sound when it loads and unloads. It's like they designed it to shorten your drive's lifespan. Seagate issued a firmware update for the internal ones that have a firmware format of CC4X. My external has a CC9F and the CC4H update would not update my drive probably because of the format difference (CC4 vs CC9). I will have to open a case with Seagate about that.
Btw I checked my windows media center DVR that is running a WD 2TB Green drive that I never checked for head parking, guess what already had 136K load cycles in just 6 months. Luckily there is dos tool by WD that disables it permanently in firmware. By the time I am done with this posting cycle count increased to 1022...
so is this good or bad for my hard drive? been trying to understand these load cycles, but don't have time to look into it. it's a seagate 2tb internal
power on count 85 count. power on hours 6418 hours
c1 load/unload cycle count
raw values 00000000299F
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