Cons: Everything else; original drive lasted less than a year before going out. Received a "certified repaired HDD" after RMA and that went out within months. Now it's out of warranty and a lot of my valuable data is "lost." I'm keeping the drive so I can recover it later, hopefully.
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.
Summary: You need to flash firmware CC35 onto these drives otherwise they were doing the click of death. Go to seagates website and download the ISO image and burn it to a disk. Boot to the disk and use it to upgrade the firmware to a tested version.
Pros: I got 2 of them for free because a friend had so many problems he didn't trust them anymore. (even if I could fix them)
Cons: These things came with flawed firmware on them (CC34). They were clicking like crazy and constantly losing connection.
Summary: Bought two of them and both of them fail within first 6 month of light usages such as backup and external device. RMA both. Cannot believe Seagate was producing such worthless product. It really made me start to wondering Seagate's quality controls after ~15 years of good brand name.
Summary: Don't store anything that you will miss on this drive.
Pros: was cheap, cold
Cons: first one was DOA, replacement lasted 1.5 year and failed last month. Lucky I havent found time yet to migrate data from my previous 1Gig drive that stayed the main storage and this one was just hooked up for temporary data.
Summary: You want to know that the data on your drives is safe and won't suddenly disappear. These drives and their periodic "hiccups" make me worry. You don't want to worry about your data. DO NOT buy this drive.
Pros: Drive is large capacity and energy efficient.
Cons: Where to begin... when I first bought 4 of these a couple years ago it was with the intent to create an internal RAID 5 array in my desktop PC. I am still using 3 of the drives in the RAID and saving the 4th as a backup in case of failure. Periodically, these drives will start to make a clicking ...
Summary: After the 7200.11 firmware debacle a few years back I promised to never buy Seagate again. Low price clouded my judgement last Black Friday, and I will NEVER let that happen again. I highly recommend purchasing ANY manufacturer other than Seagate.
Pros: I got this drive for $60 Black Friday 2010
Cons: It has been about 10 months, and the drive is bad. SMART status fails, and Fedora is spitting out I/O errors any time I try to read from it.
Summary: Returned for warranty service. A week after FexEx shows "delivered", Seagate site still "Not received". Had to fight with Customer Service about the phone line being unavailable. Was promised a call back by COB and didn't get it until next day.
Pros: 3 year warranty (you'll need it). Receiving 2 bad drives DOA reminded me not to RAID-1 same lot drives together (Thanks, Seagate!).