Summary: My unit started to die before warranty ended. SMART test failed. Seagate sent me the replacement (a newer model btw, not this one). The replacement drive worked for half-year then started to die too. The data became corrupted. When I was copying the data, it did not give an error. It even allowed me to read the data back without errors. But now the data is bad. E.g a picture becomes unreadable, the file differs from the one I put.
Summary: I prefer periodically cloning my whole computer rather than only doing normal backups. You can copy any or all files or when you get the deadly blue screen you can restore the entire OS. I have several of these drives to rotate my backups. Backup or be sorry!
Summary: I use this for Time Machine, with two partitions, so I can store files separate from the backups. Built to last, it's fast, quiet and hasn't failed me yet. Only downside for me is the need of a power cord (meaning I can't use it on the go). There are newer models now that don't require one and are well over 4 or 5 TB. Still, this was a great price for the time I bought it.
Summary: I can't even get the stupid thing to show on my desktop or in my computer anywhere! Any online tech support I can find to read has instructions that prompt me from when I find the item in my control panel--ummm it doesn't show up. When I went to download some software to help with this Seagate Dashboard loaded and not FreeAgent GoFlex-not any of the times I uninstalled and reinstalled.
Summary: I've bought this product a while back, and I've used it primarily for backup. Today, I wanted to backup 320GB of data. I started backing up, and due to the big bulk of data I'm backing up, I started noting the data transfer speed! These are USB 2.0 speeds not 3.0. I looked up the listing here, it clearly indicates USB 3.0 everytime they have the chance. But my data speeds were only about ~30MB/s which is USB 2.0.
Summary: I suppose some of you might think that getting two years out of a hard drive is good. Well, I don't, especially considering it was never dropped, abused, or mishandled. It fact this was just sitting on a shelf when I needed to move some files... It makes an awful clicking noise and windows says it needs to be formatted to continue. I tried that, and it failed immediately. This drive is a brick. I expected a little more than 2 years of use. Probably won't buy this again.