Summary: I have had this drive for about a year and it replaced a previous Seagate drive that died after 2-3 years but I couldn't resist the size and price. I also got it because it does both USB 3.0 and 2.0 and I have USB 2.0 and didn't want to go through the cost or hassle of upgrading and also because I am out of slots. It has worked OK but is very very, very slooooow at least for USB 2.0. I do backups of data and pictures, archives, etc to various locations.
Summary: This works fine as a hard drive, but Windows backup won't do system images on a drive with > 4096 cluster size (like this drive). Seagate tech support said "known issue, sorry". They have some native app that will do the backup system image, but not quite the same thing... Western Digital has a work around. I guess I will keep this, but will do more research next time.
These drives won't wake when in USB 3.0 in Windows 7 on Boot-Up
16 August 2012
Summary: I have two of these. The company is unable to tell me the date of their last firmware and it looks like it was probably the firmware these shipped with. Updating did nothing. Both of mine have the same issue and I have to re-plug (power or USB 3.0 cable) the drives to get them to show up. Doing this too frequently eventually causes the drives not to show even then and the computer states one or more needs to be formatted again.
3-stars from me, more stars if you are an earlier adopter
28 June 2012
Summary: I'm not really an early adopter...extra money and the kinks not always worked out yet. In the case of this Seagate 1TB Thunderbolt the price is still on the high side ($250+) for this versus a normal 1TB external harddrive which can be purchased for $100 range. Thunderbolt is the new emerging technology from Intel is kind of a faster PCI that provides better connectivity & speed with external devices - leveraged first by Apple and now some of the Wintel PC co's.
Summary: I love Seagate, but this drive caused me a big headache. It does not work with my computer by itself. I had to buy a powered USB port to go with it. It Needs extra power for the USB that my computer didnt have, even though it has it's own power source. It worked with my laptop and my wii which is what I bought it for, but still a headache that it takes 2 plugs spaces when I use it on the PC. Would recommend a different drive if your on the fence.