What do you prioritize when choosing HDDs and SSDs? Although there are various criteria to choose from, such as price, capacity, transfer speed, and design, many may choose based on manufacturers. This time, let’s take a closer look at the features, data warranty period, data recovery support, of each series of Seagate products, which are also popular in Japan.
・1. Seagate, which has the largest market share in the world
Seagate is a world-renowned HDD manufacturer headquartered in the United States. Seagate has a history of more than 30 years and has developed products for a wide range of users, from general use to enterprises. The high-quality product lineup, which is one of the largest in the industry, is an international presence in the HDD industry. In addition, since the main HDD parts are manufactured in-house, it is known as a manufacturer that can sell products with high profit margins.
・2. Rich lineup enable you to choose the best one according your purposes
Since Seagate has a variety of products, including internal HDDs, external HDDs, SSHDs, SSDs, you may wonder which product to choose. Roughly, we recommend the highly acclaimed Barracuda series for those who want to increase the capacity of desktop PCs, and the FireCuda series for those who want to emphasize both capacity and processing speed.
In addition, there are external HDDs that can increase the capacity just by connecting via USB without knowledge of HDD expansion. There is a high possibility that you will find a highly reliable product that suits your needs.
・2-1. [Barracuda series] Large-capacity, high-speed, versatile HDD
The Barracuda series is a hard disk for desktop PCs, and has a remarkable large capacity in the industry and a high rotation speed of 7,200 rpm for general use. In addition, the lineup of capacities is wide, with capacities from 500GB up to 14TB, and various price ranges. In addition, the high performance of HDDs is popular, and it combines the large capacity of HDDs with the comfort of SSDs. In particular, Barracuda Pro 2.5 is 2.5 inches in size and 7 mm thick, yet it is small and ultra-thin. It has a capacity of 1TB.
・2-2. [FireCuda series] SSHD is a good combination of HDD and SSD
As you may not be familiar with, “SSHD” is an abbreviation for Solid State Hybrid Drive.
It is a disk equipped with a flash memory that reads and writes data quickly, called a cache memory, on a conventional HDD. Frequently used data can be saved in the flash memory. This allows you to access frequently used data at high speed, and other data is stored on the HDD.
In addition, since the data saved in the flash memory is determined by automatic learning, a user can experience the high processing speed without being aware of it. The rotation speed of an HDD in SSHD is 5,400 rpm, but the overall SSHD has achieved a processing speed five times faster than a 7,200 rpm HDD. Therefore, it will start up faster and will reduce stress even when using heavy software such as games and video editing.
・2-3. [Expansion series] Affordable external HDD that can be easily installed
Seagate consistently deals with product planning, design development and manufacturing, and the products are suitable for all user groups. Among them, Expansion series is a large-capacity external HDD for home use, compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems, and has shipped more than 2 billion units in total.
When connecting to a computer, since it has been pre-initialized, you can use it simply by connecting it via USB. In addition, a wide range of capacities are available, including 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, and 8TB. Since it also supports USB3.0, the transfer speed is 10 times faster than USB2.0. And it has durability and quietness (without using a cooling fan) that enables continuous recording for 24 hours.
Furthermore, since an “Easy TV Connection Guide” is prepared for each manufacturer to connect to a TV and a recorder, even those who do not have much knowledge of HDD can easily connect.
・3. Seagate products come with a warranty of up to 5 years
Depending on a product, it comes with a warranty of up to 5 years. The length of the warranty period may show reliability in quality. Please confirm in detail when purchasing products.
・3-1. Seagate Expert Data Recovery Support
With Seagate’s in-lab data recovery, you may be able to recover your data when your device does not work, does not be recognized, cannot read or write files, and beeps at strange times.
Also, depending on how you use it, the inside of the HDD or the case may be damaged. Restoring data from such a physical damaged product usually costs tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of yen.
However, if you subscribe “Data Rescue Plan” in advance, you can receive recovery services for internal and external HDDs and SSDs for about 560 yen per year. Recovery tools are also available for those who want to recover their own data. For more information, please check the Seagate official website.
・4. Conclusion. Seagate HDDs supported by a wide range of products and a generous warranty
Since Seagate’s products are consistent from planning to manufacture in-house, it has a product lineup for a wide range of users from beginners to advanced PC users. Even if something goes wrong with products, since the warranty period is up to 5 years, which is 2 to 3 years longer than other companies, you will be able to receive solid support.