Summary: was a little worried over a few negative reviews. pricing however very hard to beat. order 2 units to use in raid array, and to stop worrying to back up data ( photos etc.) items arrived promptly as adverised complete with sata wiring. toook about 1 hour to install and setup. units running quietly and acceptably. no more noise than prior drives. have been using for about 6 months will probably order 2 more to setup 2nd raid array.
Summary: Bought this for a used platform upgrade/rebuild--an old socket 754 AMD Emachines comp. Was used to IDE drives--decided to use this on one of the 2 SATA channels, and WHAT A DIFFERENCE. This drive is a very noticeable step up from an old WD Caviar 80gb IDE drive! Further, I must mention, I have also had a 1Tb Caviar Blue SATA drive on this same machine. By feel only, it seems the Hitachi is a little faster. The only con (only sort of) is this Hitachi drive is kinda loud!
Summary: The drive is doing nicely and the 32MB buffer has helped increase the speed of the system. It's a bit early to review in regards to the longevity of the drive, but being that it is made by Hitachi (which are generally well reviewed), I expect it to last well past the 3 year warranty period
Summary: I have read so many people saying this drive was either D.O.A. or extremely noisy. As far as D.O.A. goes, all you have to do is FORMAT the Hard Drive and you will see it on your list. If you just plug it in, it will not be listed. Second, this thing is WHISPER quiet. Having a Seagate for six months and thinking IT was quiet, I am shocked that I hear NO sounds from this hard Drive. It is fast, quiet and as for reliability, we shall see.
Summary: I have 9 or 10 Hitachi 1 tb drives and am very pleased with them. They may not be the fastest or quietest drives in the world, though I never hear them and they seem plenty fast to me, but in two years the only one I've had fail had been improperly packaged by amazon and was beat to death in shipping. I am currently using a pair of these in my main computer in a raid array. Using raid 0 on the first array partition, to boot from, and raid 1 on the 2nd for mirroring.