Summary: Got the drive on black Friday and got it all set up and working really quickly. It was working fine for a good day until it died. Won't sow up in BIOS any more and just clicks when given power.
Excerpt: I bought five total of these drives in 2012 and some of them are dead, after about 18 months of service. I retire hard drives after 2 to 3 years of service because that's the point when the risk of failing drives increase sharply. But that point comes much sooner with this drive.
Pros: Easy To Install, Fast, Highly Compatible, Quiet
Excerpt: I'm a fan of Seagate drives. I've had bad experiences with others and usually do not with Seagate. I purchased two of these drives and mirrored them in a Synology NAS in July of 2012. Almost exactly 1 year later, one drive failed. The other appears to be working fine but...I can't say I'm pleased.
Excerpt: If you think you're going to stick these in your computer and have a drive letter pop up on your "computer" page and you're gonna have 3 more TB of memory. NOT HAPPENING. This was way more complicated and until I "cloned" my C drive, I couldn't even tell if these were working. When I did clone it, it partitioned the drive up into three sections. What a pain. And if you don't follow the directions carefully, you're just gonna have a 2TB drive anyway.
Summary: Ran fine in a ZyXEL NAS box for 18 months, 24/7 but then suddenly died catastrophically; no recovery of data possible. Great for desktops etc but perhaps not for always-on systems? Next time I think I'll pay the £10 extra for a NAS-certified 24/7 drive which weren't as easily available when I got this one....
Hurrah for backups....!
Summary: This has been a good storage drive apart from the random "chirp" noise that a few people have had (on seagate website) up until today, suddenly the Drive disappeared then after a reboot it reappeared but hard disk sentinel is reporting health of 88%.Sentinel does advise that the drive is not bad enough to be RMA'd but even if it was I’m 2 months past warranty.
Summary: Next day delivery from Amazon by DPD, brilliant as they give you a one hour slot for delivery. The HD loaded onto my MAC without any problem and all 3TB can be seen and used. However it is the noisiest HD I have ever come across, and I have had a few. At the moment I have 3 Western Digital HD's in the MAC and they are silent, but as soon as I loaded this Seagate it rattles away, fortunately it is in a hard case under my desk and I usually play music loudly while I am...