Seagate ST3160215A 160GB Hard Disk Drive
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Seagate ST3160215A Barracuda 160GB 7.2K RPM HDD IDE Ultra Refurbished

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ST3160215A Barracuda 160GB (Gigabyte) 7200 Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) Ultra ATA100 2MB (Megabyte) Buffer 3.5 Inch Low Profile (1.0 Inch) Hard Disk Drive for Server | Made by Seagate | Refurbished
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Product Overview of the ST3160215A HDD

The Seagate ST3160215A Barracuda 160GB 7.2K RPM HDD IDE Ultra ATA100 2MB is a hard disk drive that falls under the Barracuda series by Seagate. This review aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the key features, specifications, and performance metrics associated with this particular hard drive. Whether you are a tech-savvy individual, a gamer, or a professional user seeking reliable storage, gaining insights into the intricacies of the ST3160215A can aid in making an informed purchase decision.

Storage Capacity (160GB)

The Seagate ST3160215A offers a substantial storage capacity of 160 gigabytes, catering to a variety of storage needs. We will explore how this capacity aligns with different user requirements, such as storing documents, multimedia files, and applications.

Rotational Speed (7.2K RPM)

The rotational speed of a hard drive is a critical factor influencing its performance. With a rotational speed of 7,200 revolutions per minute (RPM), we'll discuss how this affects data access speed, file transfers, and the overall responsiveness of the system.

IDE Ultra ATA100 Interface

The IDE Ultra ATA100 interface is a standard for data transfer between the hard drive and the motherboard. We'll explore the significance of this interface in terms of data transfer rates, compatibility with various systems, and its impact on overall system performance.

2MB Buffer Size

The 2MB buffer size acts as a temporary storage area facilitating smoother data transfer between the hard drive and the computer. We'll delve into how the buffer size influences read and write speeds, especially during data-intensive tasks.


To provide a more detailed understanding of the Seagate ST3160215A Barracuda, let's outline the technical specifications that define its capabilities.

Form Factor

The physical size and shape of the hard drive can be crucial for compatibility with different computer cases. We'll discuss the form factor of the ST3160215A and its implications for installation.


In addition to the IDE Ultra ATA100 interface, we'll explore other aspects of the interface, such as connector types and cable requirements. This information is vital for users looking to integrate the HDD into their systems.

Drive Type

Understanding whether the hard drive is designed for desktops, workstations, or specific applications is crucial for users seeking the right storage solution. We'll provide insights into the drive type of the Seagate Barracuda.

Data Transfer Rates

The IDE Ultra ATA100 interface and rotational speed directly impact data transfer rates. We'll delve into real-world performance metrics, including read and write speeds and compare them with industry standards.

Reliability and Durability

Reliability is a key factor when choosing a storage solution. We'll discuss the durability and reliability features of the ST3160215A, including error rates, mean time between failures (MTBF), and any advanced technologies employed by Seagate to enhance reliability.

Noise and Power Consumption

Hard drive noise levels and power consumption can be critical, especially for users seeking quieter systems or energy-efficient components. We'll assess the acoustic performance and power requirements of the Barracuda HDD.

Form Factor

The Seagate Barracuda 160GB 7.2K RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 2MB Hard Disk Drive (ST3160215A) has a form factor of 3.5 inches. This means that it is physically designed to fit into a standard 3.5-inch drive bay in desktop computer cases. This form factor is also commonly referred to as a "desktop" form factor, as it is typically found in desktop computers, as opposed to laptops or other portable devices. The 3.5-inch form factor is considered the most common and widely used size for hard disk drives, making it compatible with a wide range of computer systems.

Product Overview

The Seagate Barracuda 160GB 7.2K RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 2MB Hard Disk Drive (ST3160215A) is a reliable and high-performing storage solution for desktop computers. With a capacity of 160GB, it can store a large amount of data, including music, videos, photos, and documents. It has a rotation speed of 7200 RPM, which provides fast data access and transfer speeds. The drive also features an IDE Ultra ATA100 interface and a 2MB cache, which helps to improve its performance and speed. Additionally, it has a form factor of 3.5 inches, making it compatible with most desktop computer cases.

Exceptional Reliability

The Seagate Barracuda 160GB 7.2K RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 2MB Hard Disk Drive (ST3160215A) is designed to be a reliable storage solution for desktop computers. Seagate, the manufacturer of this drive, is known for producing high-quality hard disk drives that are built to last.

To ensure reliability, the drive is built using advanced manufacturing techniques and materials that can withstand the rigors of regular use. Additionally, it undergoes rigorous testing to ensure that it can operate reliably under a wide range of conditions.

The drive also features Seagate's advanced G-Force Protection technology which helps to protect the drive and data against operational shock and vibration. This technology is designed to detect when a drive is being subjected to excessive shock or vibration and to automatically park the drive's heads in a safe location to prevent damage.

General Information about this Seagate ST3160215A
  • Manufacturer: Seagate
  • Model Number or SKU# ST3160215A
  • Product Type: Hard Disk Drive
  • Drive Interface Type: ATA IDE
Technical Information of 160GB Hard Drive
  • Form Factor: 3.5-inch
  • Capacity: 160GB HDD
  • Cache: 2 MB
  • Spindle Speed: 7200 RPM
  • Average Seek Time: 11 ms
  • Drive Interface Type: ATA/100
  • DynaPlay Technology
  • Seagate SoftSonic Motor Technology

Finally, the Seagate ST3160215A Barracuda 160GB 7.2K RPM HDD IDE Ultra ATA100 2MB is a storage solution designed to meet a range of user needs. By exploring its key features, specifications, performance, and value for money, we aim to empower users with the information needed to make an informed decision. Whether you're a casual user or a tech enthusiast, this comprehensive review seeks to guide you through the intricacies of the Seagate Barracuda HDD, helping you determine if it aligns with your storage requirements and expectations.

Product Condition:
Warranty provided by ALLHDD.COM:
90 Days

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