i have this drive and it is perfect for htpc usage however for anyone considering RAID the baraccuda IV drives will perform poorly. seagate is aware of the issue and will actually replace the drives with special versions (actually the same drives with special firmware) that work well for RAID if you get appproval thru their technical support team which will respond.
i was told that seagate would be announcing the baraccuda V series this quarter which should not have this issue. when they actually become available is anyones guess.
Would it be possible to post the phone number of your local store? I tried the web site number 1-877-688-7678 and they don't know anything about it. I know it's an instore deal, but they might just send one out this way.
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