Pros: I bought 6 of these drives for two separate Synology NAS systems. Based on some of the reviews, I expected to get at least one DOA. I tested all of the drives using Seagate's Sea Tools on the Long Generic test and they all passed with flying colors.
Pros: Drive is good quiet and appears to work (when they do).
Cons: Bought 6, 2 arrived DOA and it took over 30 days to secure replacements from NewEgg and the process was not straight forward. Received 2 via RMA process and 1 was DOA but it was my spare so I found out a little after the 30 day warranty period and will now go to Seagate for replacement.
Cons: I ordered 4 for my new NAS. 1 was DOA. 1 failed almost immediately. I have to say that I've never had problems like this with Seagate drives so I have to think it was just a fluke. I would have given more eggs but...this was a bummer that cost me several hours.
Summary: Chose this drive over the WD Red line for two reasons. One was that recent RED drives have shown a higher failure rate if you look at customer reviews around the web. Second, the price was less than $100 for a 2TB NAS drive. This drive has excellent reviews around too. Working well in my current Shuttle NAS!
Quiet, cool, and surprisingly fast for a 5900 RPM drive
22 June 2013
Pros: In short, this drive is very quiet, has low power consumption, runs cool, and transfers data much faster than I expected from a 5900 RPM drive. It supports TLER (time-limited error recovery) which is highly recommended for a RAID environment. (See Wikipedia's entry on “Error recovery control” for more information regarding TLER.)
Cons: My review unit was made in China. If you read the reviews for the Barracuda model, you'll see a high number of failures for Seagate's Chinese-made drives verses the drives from their Thailand factory. I experienced no problems with this unit in my one week of testing, but long-term reliability remains to be seen.