These are probably the most bulletproof mechanical disks on the ...
4 May 2014
Summary: These are probably the most bulletproof mechanical disks on the planet. I've used them for over a decade, and have never had one fail. Ever. I just bought another batch to proactively hot-swap (*) out a bunch that have been in production for more than 5-1/2 years running SQL and other transaction-heavy workloads without missing a beat. And I only replaced them because of their age. They were still running strong with no warnings in the logs.
Summary: I ordered one of these direct from Amazon at their $167 price as I had heard Yobitech was sometimes selling used drives as new. I needed the drive ASAP for a client's degraded RAID array. It came fast as usual, but when i opened the box I found a Seagate drive stuck in a used and ripped Western Digital static bag. This strongly implies that this drive has already been returned once and it most surely is NOT a new factory Seagate drive.
Summary: Great drive, reliable and extremely fast. Read speeds rival most workstation class Sata SSD's and write speeds blow them away. I get 200MB/s continuous average read speed (2mb blocks) and 145MB/s continuous average write speed (2mb blocks). Makes really great System Boot disks.
Do not buy these from any 3rd party amazon seller!
Evan Richardson, Amazon
7 August 2013
Summary: I've bought two sets of 4, one from Yobitech, the other from Servertech inc. Both times, they were listed as "NEW" drives. What did I get in the mail? HEAVILY used drives! drives had upwards of 200+ TB of data moved across them, and had been in use for over 3 years. Each drive from both companies had recorded errors against the media, Yobitech's had unrecoverable errors logged.