Summary: These drives have a very high failure rate. I built a server for work using 45 of these in a single 4U server with plenty of cooling and i have already had 6 of them fail in the last year. If i didnt already have 45 of these, i would go with a different model drive!
Drive quality suspect, b/c it was shipped like a pair of shoes
13 September 2011
Summary: I don't normally submit reviews on products simply to rip the delivery or customer service etc, but am making an exception here just to warn potential buyers of the Seagate Barracuda 1.5 TB 7200 rpm bare drives sold/packaged by Electronica Direct. I already own one of these drives and it has been spinning away happily for the last year and a half or so.
Summary: Purchased on Amazon from Source Media Group and I am extremely dissappointed with this vendor (no place to leave feedback, so I am doing it here). I have used these drives in the past so my complaint isn't specific to the product as i am happy with it and sorry that these drives are now hard to find. I purchased (2) drives from Source Media Group . They arrived timely and were packaged well.
Summary: I have used this hard drive for a few months now, and I can't really say anything bad about the drive itself. However, while researching this product, I did not come across any explicit warning recommending it not be used in a hot-swap dock. Performance is fine considering I have not used straight SATA or eSATA to a computer - only SATA-to-USB dock. Noise is average for a high-speed drive. The killer for my application (open USB dock) is the HEAT.
Summary: This is a great bargain. Worked very well right from the start. Is it the BEST around--no. Is it the best around for the dollar I think so. Plus anytime you can work with Buy.Com so much the better.
Summary: I purchased three of these drives to expand the internal storage in my heavily upgraded PowerMac video editing system. The drives perform as advertised, but I failed to check the peak current draw at start-up which exceeded the available current in my 1KW power supply. The peak start-up current is about 45% higher on this particular model, all other specs are the same or very close to the other 1TB drives I own.
Summary: YET ANOTHER UPDATE: EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE. Seagate called me today. They're swapping out my 1.5 TB drives for new 2GB Constellations on an advanced replacement basis. All I have to pay is shipping! The Constellations are Enterprise class (ES) drives that run about $300 a pop (here on Amazon - retail's higher). Seagate's my new favorite company, they've got a customer for life.
Summary: I purchase 4 of these drives over the period of a month. They all have under 100 hrs of use and only one is still operational with substantial errors and warnings from the S.M.A.R.T diagnostics on the drive. Working with the vendor is a challenge, they would like you to run their diagnostics but on dead drives nothing happens and getting to support without that is a challenge, still trying.