Summary: I've had a few of these drives now. It is not a question of if it's going to fail, it's when. All hard drives have a MTBF but when these fail, it is very catastrophic. No SMART warnings, nothing obvious--just instant loss or corruption of data. Very disappointing.
Excerpt: I purchased this HDD as a replacement for the exact same model installed in my PC and that failed catastrophically (no data recovery possible, the heads effectively grinded the disk). The HDD is brand new, arrived fine, B&H service good.
Pros: Cheap drive but not cheap enough for how long it lasts
Cons: Seagate needs to improve there drives, had them years ago and then had issues and used WD. I decided to give them a try. So I had the 3TB fail at 2 years and 3 months and the 2TB fail at 2 years and 2 months. So within a month I am out 5TB. Seagate used to warranty their drives longer, the reason...
Excerpt: This is a solid hard drive. I wanted a good 2TB hard drive to use as a backup drive in my Windows 7 home computer. Using hard drives larger than 2TB is painful with Window 7. So, I wanted to get as much storage as I could. B&H had a GREAT price on this drive.
Pros: easy to install, easy to use, Highly Compatible