Summary: I have ordered 3 Hitachi external hard drives in the last few weeks; two XL 2000's from Geeks.com (second was a replacement) and this last one, an XL 1000 from MarginMart. In all cases the hard drives had multiple loose parts inside and were inoperable.
Summary: This is a terrible hard drive. It worked for a month and then suddenly stopped working. Windows suddenly could not read the drive. I had to reformat the hard drive and lost a lot of files. Then about a month later again it stopped working entirely.
Summary: I used this drive as a backup for my office system for less than a year, probably fewer than 20 hours of total operating time, before it died. I have not had a hard drive failure in the last 30 years of multiple computers and operating systems.
Summary: Knew something was up when I plugged it in for the first time and booted up. PC stuck in boot cycle. Had to disconnect hard drive or power down for boot cycle to complete. Never had a chance to look and see if PC was trying to boot from this device.
Summary: I purchased the 1TB drive less than two months ago. Out of the box the drive was very slow, and very noisy. First the drive started to disappear from My Computer. With every reboot I had to unplug the hard drive and reconnect it to get it to show in My Computer.
Summary: The drive fell from it's upright position to flat on its back, a height of less than 6 inches. The SATA drive inside was dead and nothing could be done to retrieve the data on the disk. If you have to open one of the Hitachi cases to try to hook it up to another SATA controller...
Summary: Do not purchase this drive. It died after two months of use. I have never had an external drive die so quickly before. It would not start up on any operating system and appears to be cycling as though it can not start up.
Summary: The headline says it all. Broke the case open to try to salvage my data, plugged it into a SATA port and guess what??? The actual DRIVE is bad! Avoid this one like the plague. Never had a hard drive fail this quickly.