3TB Hard Drive for Steam Library?


Jul 28, 2010
I have 308 games on Steam... and I'd like to put them all on one hard drive. (Actually, I'd like to grab two, and mirror them)

I THINK they'll fit on a 3TB, but if not, I can always pick and choose the last few games that I never play.

Can grab this on Amazon right now for $159.99 (I have prime, so that's shipped).

"Seagate Barracuda 7200 3 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001"

Any opinions on this? I don't need blazing fast (ie. SSD) but if it's 7200RPM and SATA 6Gb/s it should be fine.
As an Amazon Associate, HardForum may earn from qualifying purchases.
I would be careful with the ST3000DM001 drives. I bought two of them about 2 months ago based upon a Bjorn3D article http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=2141 and put them in a RAID 0 configuration. What I didn't know at the time was that they are only rated to have 2400 power on hours. This might not concern many other people, but it does concern me.

Supposedly, if you only intend to use them 40 hours a week, they should last you about 5 years. I also do not know how much or how little power-savings mode would affect the drives lifespan.

Otherwise, they are fantastic drives and perform very well alone or in RAID. I hope this helps.
I would recommend the Hitachi 3TB 5k3000. It is a fast, cool running drive. I have about 20 in various arrays and boxes at home and we have about 200 at the office in various arrays. Very well supported in RAID arrays of your choice.