Summary: I bought 4 of these about 3 years ago. They've been quietly humming away in my file server without complaint ever since. Until yesterday that is. My 3ware raid controller dropped one from the (fault tolerant) raid-5 array it was in and would not find it again with a rescan of the controller. When I physically checked on the drive, I found that all it would do is click repeatedly when powered up. It wasn't even recognized after a restart, so back to Seagate it goes.
Summary: I was reading the reviews for this drive and I was shocked to say the least. I bought mine at walmart for around 65 bucks as part of a seagate external backup. The housing for the backup overheated and failed after about a year so I removed the drive from the housing and installed it in my system as a backup drive to my ssd. I guess I got a good one because it has been perfect. I have never heard it make a sound at all.. ever.
Summary: This item failed in 8 months of light, and I mean light use. Avoid this product, I will update this review once I get information on returns but I'm pretty sure based on other reviews that the replacement will fail in the same time frame. I have had much better luck with model ST31000340AS. Even though they state 3 year warranty, they iterated a 90 warranty in email but it is not on their ad. Buyer beware!!!
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 had Seagate send me a replacement drive for my ST31000520AS because the S.M.A.R.T was reporting failure after just under 3 years. There were no signs of failure aside from S.M.A.R.T reporting. Data still read and wrote fine, but I was tired of the S.M.A.R.T report, so I sent it back. The replacement drive Seagate sent me died in a week, it had no symptoms nor warnings, it simply crashed dead.
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.