Summary: This hard drive has lasted me years, and it has always performed beautifully. It is really quiet and doesn't put a strain on my system. Transferring data with it has always been a pleasure and I would buy this hard drive 100 times over if I was looking again (Maybe in a bigger size though).
Summary: I have 3 of these in a tower server. They are close enough together that I was worried about heat, but a fan blowing directly across seems to do the trick. I've had this spinning 24/7 for over a year now (14 months, according to my purchase date). I am very happy and have had no problems. I use one of these occasionally in a hot-swap dock too and it works great. My setup is Mac / Linux. On Linux, they connect through a dock or an internal SATA card.
Summary: Bought two of these to upgrade/replace failing Samsung hard drives in my Buffalo Linkstation Pro Duo NAS. They have been spinning 24x7 for over a year now with no issue. They generate very little heat and are relatively quiet. Very happy with the purchase.
Very quiet drive- failed after being installed for less than 8 months though
J. Miracle, Amazon
4 March 2010
Summary: Worked great while it lasted- drive failed after 8 months. Giving it two stars though because even due to random freezes / I/O failures all data was able to be successfully extracted. Last week started experiencing random I/O delays where system would freeze while HDD LED was on solid. Initially figured it was a driver glitch / something wrong with the SATA controller on the motherboard.
Summary: I purchased five of the Hitachi 0A38016 drives in March 2009 at $86.99 each for use in a Thecus N5200 NAS running as RAID 5. They replaced five Seagate 7200.10 750 MB drives. The drives (as well as the N5200) have been on 24/7 since April 2009 with no problems. The file index for the data is rebuilt every 12 hours so they get a good workout every day even if the files themselves aren't actually accessed.
Amazon's Frustration Free Packaging is Terrible!!!
T. Patrick, Amazon
3 January 2010
Summary: My Hitachi drive showed up DOA thanks to Amazon's lame "frustration free" packaging. The drive was packaged in a static bag and a large cardboard box with no padding or plastic tray to isolate the drive. The drive did not survive shipping because it was knocked around like boots in the dryer and wouldn't even power up.
Summary: Unless you receive your drive in a WELL PACKAGED box, you better install and run it immediately upon receipt to insure it won't fail within a few days (potentially due to damage in shipping)!!! This model drive was installed in a NAS unit when I purchased it, so when I wanted to expand my storage, I naturally ordered the identical models to add (in 3 years time, I never had ANY problems with the ORIGINAL drives in the NAS).
Summary: I bought this product in July 2009. It worked fine until 1 month ago (Nov/2009). It started to have problems and then I just lost my Windows. After reinstalled it, again I lost everything. Reinstalled as a second HD and it keeps with problems sometimes I can't turn the computer on. Contacted Hitachi's Customers service in Brazil and it is ridiculous the way they deal with customers. Not a valid answer. The manager is always traveling and no response.
Summary: I installed two new Hitachi 1 TB Deskstars in our home computers, popped in the Windows 7 Disc and that was it. Windows 7 Formatted and Partitioned the drives and loaded the program on the drives. I have installed many hard drives and many versions of Windows and you can believe me that this was the easiest installations that I have ever done. All though they have only been installed for a month they have been extremely fast and quiet.