Summary: I purchased the SAS drives 3TB. I am running them under VMware 5.5 they work great. For a server you need reliable disks. If I had to do it over again I would have purchased 2TB drives not 3TB drives.
Summary: I bought this drive to be used as the main HDD for my desktop. I am using the original drive to store an image of this drive and an external backup as well. The speed is a plus and the cache is a plus. This drive is just fast! Cons: This drive is noisy. Almost always rattling. The original drive (also a Seagate) was almost totally silent. If you are in the market for a heavy duty mechanical hard drive, this one just might be right for you.
Summary: Using in workstation raid0 configuration as data drive. These drives are very quiet and do not produce too much heat. They are reasonably fast and have enough cache for workstation data tasks. They are SAS enterprise quality at a SATA price. They were delivered on time. Packaging with hard drives is critical. They were packaged by someone who knew what they were doing with good quality packing material.
Summary: My main boot drive, which I have installed windows on - and that I use for my more demanding computer games - is a raid 3/0 stripe array of 120 gb SSD's. Limited on space, I wanted a quality drive for storage purposes. After reviewing hardware specs and reviews - as well as anticipating and confirming the competitive price on amazon - I decided to give this one a try.
Summary: I see some reviews that are critical of these drives. I have had 4 now and all are silent running. In an external case I am getting amazing USB3 transfer rates with no errors. Amazon has some 2TB models of this drive for half price. I purchased one and it is the same as this one. Fast and error free. With the regular Seagates I was getting an occasional buzz...click which always worried me. I have yet to hear any from one of these.
Summary: An enterprise quality drive at a reasonable price, what's not to love? My only complaint is the packaging that it came in was not adequate for a hardrive and has me worried about the long term effects on the drive. So far so good but we will see. The HD was able to move around and rattle inside the packaging which to me is unacceptable.