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 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: Seagate Barracuda LP 2 TB 5900RPM SATA 3 GB/s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive ST32000542AS-Bare Drive Purchased 2 of these hoping they would be a good deal. I have installed both drives in my HP Home Server. Each drive formatted out to 1.89 GB. I am in the burnin process now so I can not comment on reliability but I have purchased other Seagate drives with good results both in chassis and external.
Summary: I'm probably not the first one to do this, so I'll pass it on. Apparently a 'bare drive' is a drive with no parts, and not just a 'clean drive.' IE, it's an OEM drive, and there are no SATA cables, no screws, no SATA power converter cables, no manual, no factory provided hard drive tools for cloning, etc. I was a little surprised.
Lawrence S. Sinanan "You get what you pay for", Amazon
17 January 2011
Summary: I bought 4 of these during the black Friday sale 70usd a piece. A little research before buying suggested a firmware upgrade would fix the Click of death problem that many people complained about. Its been a month but the Click still happens even though I updated the firmware but only on spin up. Read and write speeds are no where near what I expected it to be in a 0+1 RAID setup. Spin-up takes forever.
Big drives, cheap price, cool and quiet, works as RAID1 and RAID5*. Very Good!!!
A Conrad "Ask Conrad", Amazon
4 January 2011
Summary: This is a review of the Seagate Barracuda LP 2 TB 5900RPM SATA 3 GB/s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive ST32000542AS-Bare Drive . I purchased a handful of these for various purposes: to increase storage capacity in a few computers, to put in a D-Link DNS-343 NAS box, and to replace the existing drives on a Buffalo LinkStation Duo (2TB) NAS box.
Summary: Received the drive in OEM package (made in Thailand). It took me 28 hours to format this hard drive with VISTA in a DELL 531. It provided lots of space for media files but the drive is noisy every time power is supplied to the drive and data is accessed. So far so good. I filled up 3/4 of the capacity and it still works.
Summary: Ordered six of these 2TB drives by Seagate for Netgear Pro Pioneer. Despite mixed reviews on this model, this was one of few supported 2TB drives by Netgear. For price and 2TB drive, I decided to take a chance. The unit has been up for a week without any click of death as some users experienced. No complaints about drive noise because the Pro Pioneer fan which is super loud blocks it out.