Summary: I bought this drive about 2 years ago and the first one died (with the click of death) after just a week. I got an RMA from Amazon with no problem but then the RMA drive also failed with the click of death after about 6 months. This time I got it replaced through Seagate on warranty and have been running the replacement drive for about 6 months now with no issues.
Summary: I have worked and owned a computer since 1997 and have only had 3 hard drives fail me in that time. The most recent failures were both Seagate Barracudas. This is a horrible series and as a result I WILL NEVER buy a Seagate again. I understand that sometimes there are unintentional errors during manufacturing but if you are a professional like myself and your data is sometimes invaluable (yes i backup) you don't even want to take a chance.
Summary: I've had this drive just a short time when it began to click at spin-up, a bad sign. It immediately became unrecognizable to the OS. A little searching showed this to be an all too common problem. Don't risk it. One star is still too much for this drive. I'm sure some are working well but do you ant to take that chance. Avoid the risk and go with WD, Hitachi or another brand.
Summary: This drive is terrible. It barely lasted a year and it is now dead. You cannot write to it and you constantly have to reset it and hope you are able to use it. I have used seagate tools and attempted to zero-fill the drive with their disc utility. It fails. Stay away from this drive.
Summary: I have a dell OptiPlex Ultra Small Form Factor desktop. A few weeks ago i downloaded "HDD Health" a small (free) application that shows you the temperature of your hard drive as well as the drive's overall health. I found that my WD-Caviar-Black was at 49c degrees, so i removed the case cover and the temp dropped to 40c.
Summary: Purchased this drive 2 months ago to run a duel boot system. Clicking sound started after 2 weeks of light use. Today after not running the machine for 2 weeks, the system can no longer boot. This was my first seagate drive and for quick replacement they charge $10, for a drive that fails!!! That's great support for a product.
Summary: 4th Barracuda drive that I buy. Not because I need to replace the other ones but because they are so reliable that I keep adding storage space to my RAID backup system!! First time 2TB HDD but since I had three 1TB I felt very confident getting this new 2TB! These HDDs very quiet and I will buy more as soon as I need to!
Summary: I bought this drive around 1 year ago and I was very happy with the huge capacity (2TB) so I decided to use it as a backup disk and to move data around computers using it with an enclosure. At the beginning it was a dream; files, music, photo, video, everything in a single place, but almost a year later it started to die.
Summary: I had an old dell, purchased some RAM from crucial and this hard drive to make it 1 more year and soo far soo good. I really enjoy using it to hold music, movies, documents, etc etc. So far I have no complaints.
Summary: Here is Seagate's little dirty secret. The company sells its identical capacity external and internal hard drives under different names: Free Agent, Expansion, Barracuda, and others. Consumers are led to believe that there are various grades and qualities because the outer shells look cosmetically diverse, prices are on a hierarchy, accompanying software are different, and warranties vary. .