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've owned two of these drives for about a year now. So far they have been very reliable although i do occasionally hear a loud click from the one i just bought a few months ago but i have nothing bad to say of the older one. If anything happens i know the warranty should cover it.
Summary: I bought 6 total of these drives. Within the first 30 days one drive failed with SMART errors. This was no problem for me since I was using it in a RAID 6 volume. Amazon was great at sending me out a new drive in 2 days. I have since re-optimized my RAID array and no more SMART errors for now. I had never had a drive fail so quickly, and I was fortunate to have a method to recover the failed drive. 2TB is a lot to lose if a total data failure occurs.
Summary: Well I read a lot of reviews of this device on other sites, Amazon didn't really help me in that sense since not too many people had written reviews, so I figured I might as well help contribute. The Good: + Very quiet, can't even hear it most of the time. + Easy to set up; once I found the online manual - but I probably could have figured it out on my own. + Ascetically pleasing, indicators are clear on the front. + Smaller than I expected.
Storage drive with reasonable performance and price
Cyrus Brown, Amazon
4 March 2011
Summary: Hard drives in this category are taking the place of optical storage media such as DVDs or Blu-Ray and for good reason. It's a bang-for-the-buck deal, lots of storage at a cheap price with fairly fast access. Hard drives are simply easier to deal with than a pile of optical media that takes up space and needs to be sorted, labeled and stored. Writing to optical media takes time, a lot of it when dealing with even modest amounts of data.
Summary: I bought this drive as a replacement for one that kicked the bucket after a year of service. I use these drives in a DROBO and have had good luck so far, with the exception of the one that recently failed. If this one fails as well I will certainly have to find another vendor and re-think my rating. I want to claim they are great drives but that will depend on how long this one lasts.
Summary: I purchased a couple of these drives to replace lower capacity SATA-2 drives in my system. I am using them in a softRAID 0+1 array, and I have had some challenges with my add-on SATA RAID controller failing to maintain connection with the drives. I have found the performance and thermal profile quite reasonable for 5900 RPM drives.
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.