Since the drive I need to clone holds a copy of Windows XP, I've been looking for a 2TB drive (the max. XP supports I believe) with 512 byte sectors (XP predates Advanced Format I believe, and doesn't support even 512e drives). I also want the new drive to be a least as fast as the old one was (it was a 7200rpm drive), so my video editing software etc. runs smoothly as it did before. The drive in the topic title (Seagate's BarraCuda Pro ST2000DM009) seemed to fit the bill, but I have some queries about certain details of the drive.
- Is this really a 512 native drive? Seagate's data sheet for the BarraCuda Pro series lists all the drives as having 512 byte sectors, but I have seen at least one of the larger models (12TB or 10TB) listed for sale as a 512e Advanced Format drive, so the data sheet might be incorrect.
- Is this drive suitable for stand-alone use (ie. not in a RAID)? (I ask because the 'Pro' in the title leads me to worry that this might be an 'Enterprise' model with TLER/ERC enabled).
- When was this model released? My hope is that it is new enough that Seagate have fixed whatever it was that made some of their BarraCuda drives rather unreliable (somebody sued Seagate I believe).