Summary: Out of the two bought 11/2009, one failed 3/2015, the other, being mirrored, lasted long enough to transfer the backup content over. Replacing at that age is not practical, so got 2x4TB for the same price I paid for 2x2TB 4 1/2 years back.
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.
Summary: Either these drives were siblings to the Barracuda 7200.11 series that were ubiquitously known for failures or are close cousins. These drives run fairly hot considering their speed (5900rpm instead of 7200rpm).
All things come to he who still has a Newegg return period!
Douglas M., Newegg
25 April 2011
Summary: This illustrates that (1) the drives indeed have a high % defect rate from manufacturing, (2) QA for these disks need improvement, (3) you might want to order your disks in small batches over a period of time to keep the 30-day Newegg return period going, (4) don't delay testing new disks, and (5)...
Pros: Large capacity Quiet Good performance at 5900 RPM Compatible with my Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ (actually it is an Infrant product)
Cons: Lowered rating to 3 eggs -- lack of QA by Seagate is apparent. To get 6 error-free disks, I had to RMA 6 disks: Bought 4 - RMA'd 2; Bought 2 more before RMA replacements shipped (price drop); Recv'd 4 (2 RMA replacements & 2 new) - RMA'd 2; Recv'd 2- RMA'd 2 (1 RMA replacement & 1 in RAID); Recv'...
Summary: I built a 12 TB array (RAID6) out of these (yes, not the best drive for the job but also not for a critical business environment), so I needed 8 disks. NewEgg had a quota of 5 per customer at the time. NewEgg packaged them in their now infamous MFR packaging with a layer of bubble wrap.
Summary: I purchased 4 of these along with a Thecus N4100PRO NAS for a RAID5 Media Solution. 3 of the 4 had bad sectors, but Newegg advanced 4 new drives with free overnight shipping. Of the 4 new ones, 2 had bad sectors. RMA'd 3 more (11 drives total) and 1 of those had bad sectors.
Pros: Very quiet, low power, cheap.
Cons: 50% chance of bad sectors right out of the box.
Summary: I tend to stick with Seagate. However, it seems WD is more quick to put out higher capacity with less issues. However, I'm also noticing that there are a lot of "recertified" drives on NE. Maybe I should check into Hitachi? (I've already discounted Fujitsu.
Pros: Got a DOA. RMA'd to NewEgg. The new one is here and back before another drive died in my RAIDZ volume. This is the only bad drive out of 6 that I've bought. They are quiet, HUGE, and have cut the power bill. I merged 5 TB drives onto one server with ZFS RAIDZ for 7.2TB volume. Only 4.8TB is used ...
Cons: Well, things usually go well with an RMA, this one didn't. However, NewEgg made good on it in usual fashion. I went through their automated process and it had me ship the drive.... to the wrong address. They had to re-ship it. So, some time passed. After I called twice, they sent it out immediate...
Summary: I bought this drive "knowing" that it would be considerably slower than any SATA drive I have owned. I was right... Because of the lonnnng hang time, I feel like I have stepped back into 1996 with the slowest of slow 8GB IDE drive.
Summary: It is fast thats all.Its always ticking (sound of disk access and never stop besides it is noisy i hate that drive that sound is gonna make me crazy. I replaced 2 Western Digital for that one and i will change them back. WD rules.