Hard Drive ST1000LM024 by Seagate

Seagate ST1000LM024 is an acquired 2TB hard drive. It is a series of 2.5 inches drives that are highly likely to be used in portable devices like laptops and in external hard drives. The hardware interface consists of SATA ports, just like the ST2000DM001 series. This series has a slower performance capacity at 2TB capacity despite being in the same price range as Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm, 2TB drives. In this article, we will enlist the specifications and discuss the expert analysis of this series.


  • SATA native command queuing feature
  • Serial ATA 3.0 GB/s Interface Support
  • 500 GB Max formatted capacity/disc
  • Load/Unload Head technology
  • TuMR/PMR head with FOD

Performance Capabilities:

  • Average latency is about 5.6 ms
  • Data transfer rate is 300mb/sec
  • Average seek time is 12 ms
  • Drive ready time is 4 sec

Performance and pricing:

This series was priced at a range of $113, which is significantly higher given the performance of this drive is not comparable to more advanced Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm, 2TB. The 7200rpm series is also sold at the same price range but is much faster and feel much more high-end compared to 5400rpm. This contributed majorly to ST1000LM024 underperforming from the sale point in the market. It was also more costly in the manufacturing process as these drives take longer to spin. Thus, extending the period of testing and validation in the manufacturing process of these hard drives.

Therefore, people would mostly pick the superior performing 7200rpm series. This was not the only deal-breaker for this unfortunate acquisition between Seagate and Samsung. The devices seemed to be a failure due to problems that came into the picture once more and more users shared their experiences.

Failure of ST1000LM024:

According to Data recovery, they receive thousands of drives every month and spread the word if they find any technical issues or defects in these pieces of hardware. Such was the case when they received a huge quantity of Samsung/Seagate Spin point M8 ST1000LM024 hard drives. They discovered that many of these drives had head failures.

A head failure occurs when the head that reads-writes data in the hard drive, comes into contact with the rotating platter. This results in irreparable damage to the hard drive. Hence, rendering it useless. The head may lock in its place, causing stiction that leads to the infamous buzzing sound whenever the hard drive attempts to access data or boot the system. Another frequent problem is the failure of the head that leads to preventing the drive from calibrating properly. This can be identified by the notable beeping or clicking noise, and as a result, the users are unable to access their data.


Samsung/Seagate ST1000LM024, came with a lot of problems starting from its price point to the difficulties in head movements that discourage consumers from buying this product, especially when a superior alternative like ST2000DM001 is available under the same price range with better performance.