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Seagate sucks these days June 3, 2007

Filed under: Apple,Newegg — Tom @ 3:21 pm

Seriously I am not going to buy any of their drives without reading every review first, starting with the lowest ratings.

So let’s build a Mac Pro!

This is what you should go with from Apple (please note: I don’t even know if the dual screens I added will even work since I think each needs it’s own dual headed card):

  • Two 3.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
  • 1GB (2 x 512MB)
  • 250GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
  • ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (2 x dual-link DVI)
  • Apple Cinema HD Display (30″ flat panel)
  • Apple Cinema HD Display (30″ flat panel)
  • Two 16x SuperDrives
  • Both Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple wireless Mighty Mouse – U.S. English
  • Mac OS X – U.S. English
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac Pro/Power Mac (w/or w/o Display) – Auto-enroll

Rarely will I upgrade much on the apple site that I can do myself, primarily because they charge $4499 for 16 GB of ram by using eight 2 GB sticks (of FB-DIMM, ECC, PC5300). Getting the same RAM is only $180 a stick of 2 GB at NewEgg, so you could save over THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS by upgrading it yourself. I’m sure that’s worthwhile. However, with the hard drives, unless you like doing it you’re only paying Apple from $25 to $50 or so to upgrade you to 750GB, so it’s not as bad [only if you’re upgrading the first hard disk, though, additional 750GB drives cost $500, double the price of buying one yourself]. There are, however, 1000GB disks out now.

So let’s pretend you decided you want 4TB of space. Ok, $1,600.

The totals:
From Apple: $8,330.00 + tax
From Newegg: $1,871.91 + ship (16gb of ram, one 1TB drive)
+ $400
+ $400
+ $400
(why the quantity limit of one, newegg?)
Total: $11,401.91

What if you let apple do it and you upgraded to four 750gb drives, ending up with less total? $14,376.00, my friend. So for 1000 GB more, and RAM that has a lifetime warranty (as opposed to whatever warranty you get on the computer), you save $2,974.09.

Three thousand dollar ‘lazy penalty’, since anyone can do these upgrades. Welp.

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5 Responses to “Seagate sucks these days”

  1. Phil Says:

    Here’s a eye openner for their warranty service – I just returned a failed 650gb external hard drive (6 months old)
    Model: ST3650640U2-RK and Seagate sent it back to me with no explanation. I have no recourse they’re bigger than me. People need to know Seagate sucks on warranties and customer service with no regard. Unbelievable capitalistic attitude!!!

    Phil

  2. Chad, 13021 Says:

    Yeah, I have had 4 seagate 500GB SATA hard drives within that past 6 months thinking that maybe I was having a stroke of bad luck but its seagates “BAD BUSINESS PRACTICES” thats the problem here, this company has gone down the tubes in the past 3 years. Im personally through with them forever!!!!

  3. wnd Says:

    Seagate also let go of AAM technology, which let you choose by a setting wether the drive will be very quiet, or loud but quick in seeks. Now they’re all always loud. They say it’s a patent issue, but I think they just didn’t want to keep paying for the rights and now they’re making worse drives than others.

  4. Go WDC Says:

    I worked for WDC for over 9years. Purchased a cheap Seagate Agent 750gb. CLICK…CLICK… Lost all my kids Wii games. Thats what I get I guess for buying cheap shit. lol.

  5. Mark Says:

    I have returned two Seagates in the last month DOA (clack. clack, clack noise) and have two more from client machines that died without a yeay of service. I will NEVER buy another of their products! The only way to get their online test to work is to remove and install in another machine and one of their 500 gig drives seives the test machine. Just what I want to do is cause issues with a perfectly working PC because of an internal short in one of their wonderful drives. Seagate sucks!


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