05-02-2011 09:36 AM
Is probably good enough?
It's probably 32 MB and probably 7200 RPM.
05-10-2011 01:00 PM
I'm looking for this information as well, yet I can't seem to find it anywhere.
According to one reviewer on Newegg, the drive contained in the enclosure for the STAY3000100 is a Barracuda XT ST33000651AS, which has a 64MB cache and 7200RPM, but I can't verify the accuracy of this statement as I have yet to purchase or open the STAY3000100 myself.
I did manage to find out something interesting in the Document Library, however:
If you visit the page for Seagate's Expansion External Drives, the spec sheet linked near the bottom of the page contains no information regarding cache size or RPM info. However, if you go through the Document Library, there is a link to an older spec sheet from 2009 for what appears to be the same family of hard drives (albeit lacking the "Expansion" trademark) and on this sheet it is stated that the drives run at 7200RPM.
It worries me that this information seems to have been removed from the updated spec sheet, I'm honestly not sure why they would exclude it. It's a pet peeve of mine when an external drive manufacturer goes out of its way to make it extraordinarily difficult to find information on the actual hard drive that's included in an external enclosure...
Anyway, I hope that helps at least somewhat. Good luck in your quest for information... let us know what you find. If I end up getting this drive, I'll be sure to report my findings as well.
07-26-2011 07:43 PM - edited 07-26-2011 07:44 PM
I hoped for an answer myself since the local reseller is selling the external for $40 less than an internal drive so, wanted to know the specs. For $40, I'd pull the drive out and use it, keep the case for another drive or something.
So, I emailed Seagate directly, got a response today that, well, implies that it's a coin toss of which drive may/not be inside the unit.
Email received was:
I would recommend purchasing the Barracuda 3TB drive since there is known data about the drive. You will know the R.P.M. speed and burst data transfer speeds.
As to the Seagate Expansion External 3TB drive, we do not display the spin speed or the kind of drive in the case. The only way we can tell what is in the case is by the serial number. Most of the expansion drives are usually 5400 rpm speeds.
Not really the answer I hoped for... Barracuda XT internal for me it is.