Summary: I am only giving this three stars initially because it's new and, as with so many things, its real value will only be determined over the long haul (I'm quite tired of replacing failed drives).
Summary: Is it worth the useless RMA that I foot the bill for (shipping) for a refurb drive that will likely be in the same or worse shape? Nope. The other drive seems fine. It at least passed the Seatools Long Test. If that even means anything... Been with Seagate for years.
Pros: Quite. Large. Good price.
Cons: Bad sectors on one of two drives. Figures. I'm taking two eggs for that. Such quality... Those feels you get after too many fails from a manufacturer.
Summary: 2015 Update: I've moved the drives into new hardware, they're on SATA III (which doesn't really matter for drives), faster cpu, more ram, still running FreeBSD in a ZFS mirror. Overall speeds are faster, but I observe the same stall as described below.
Summary: I've no doubt that NewEgg will make good on these and I can limp along on just the 2 good drives for a while so, nothing to get too upset about.
Pros: great drives at a great price but...
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: The drive arrived wrapped in anti-static wrap, loose in an oversized box. Frankly, I'm surprised it even worked considering how it was packaged. Even with it working, there is no way that was good for the life of the drive. Overall comment.
Summary: 5900RPM, two platter drive with a fast 138.9MB/sec average transfer rate and 15.0ms access time. Average transfer rate falls a little short of the published 159MB/sec for the 2TB drive, but this is still a fast drive, which can basically hit the published 180MB/s maximum transfer speed.
Pros: Installation: Installation was simple. Connected a SATA cable from my motherboard to the hard drive and attached the power cable. Right clicked on "Computer" in Windows 7, navigated to "Disk Management" and quick formatted the unformatted drive. Piece of cake. I did not test the drive in a NAS se...
Cons: Warranty is a decent 3 years. However, for a drive targeted as more of a local, remote backup setup, 3 years seems a bit light, although warranties have fallen in recent years. Considering the price premium you pay to a consumer-targeted 2TB Barracuda drive with a 2 year warranty, it seems like t...
Excerpt: Ordered 4 disk May 2015. No issues with 3 disks when replacing old 1TB disks in a RAID array (QNAP NAS). Three have been running 24/7 without issue for about 3 weeks now. Major downside, one disk failed to function.