The Seagate ST3160215AS 160GB is a 3.5" 160GB Hard Disk Drive.
It uses the SATA 6Gb/s interface.
|Drive Type||Hard Disk Drive||This defines whether the drive is a large-capacity slower hard disk drive, a smaller-capacity but much faster solid-state drive, or a hybrid|
|Physical Size||3.5"||The size of the drive dictates which drive bays it will fit into - generally a small drive will fit into any bigger drive bay with an adapter|
|Capacity||160GB||The drive storage capacity is the limit to the size of files that can be stored|
|Release Date||01 Jun 2007||The later the release, the more likely manufacturer support will still be around|
|Cache Size||2MB||The bigger the cache, the more data that can be temporarily stored for faster access|
|Power Required||9W||HDDs should generally require very little power to run, and SSDs even less|
|Drive Interface||SATA 6Gb/s||The interface is the type of motherboard connection and defines the bandwidth limit of the drive|
The Seagate ST3160215AS 160GB is a hard disk drive, which means it stores data using quickly rotating disks, or platters, that can be read and written on via the moving actuator arm. Hard disk drives generally have a large storage capacity, and so are perfect for large amounts of data. The potential performance is well below that of solid-state drives, but they can definitely still hold their own. The Seagate ST3160215AS 160GB is a fairly poor primary hard disk drive choice, as its performance leaves a lot to be desired. It would be fine to use as basic data storage, though.
With a cache of 2MB, the Seagate ST3160215AS 160GB can store a very small amount of data temporarily. Loading data that has previously been loaded will result in barely any difference in access speed and load duration. At a speed of 0 RPM, the hard disk drive spins at a very slow speed. This speed should be avoided entirely unless used as a dedicated storage system, as the resulting performance would be infuriatingly slow.
With a capacity of 160GB, the Seagate ST3160215AS 160GB has a tiny amount of storage space for an hard disk drive. Using the SATA 3.0 6Gb/s interface this hard disk drive will never be limited by its connection with the motherboard. In fact, mechanical hard disk drives cannot even reach the bandwidth capacity allowed by SATA 2.0 3Gb/s, so it would not matter even if it were plugged into a SATA 2.0 motherboard slot.
A form factor size of 3.5" is standard for desktop drives, and this will fit into any standard case drive bay, or into a 5.25" drive bay with an adapter.