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: I have 4 of these drives and one of them all of a sudden told me it was only 500GB. I have a coworker who had the same problem. Seatools allows you to correct this. Not a big deal if you don't have any data on it. However if you do, you will lose it all!!! Two other coworkers have had to return these because of the drive starting to click and then losing sectors. I am putting Seagate on my DO NOT BUY list indefinitely.
Summary: I purchased this drive on Amazon and used it in an HP MediaSmart EX470 Windows Home Server to increase storage. While playing video from the server the video stream would start to stutter and freeze. I spent 2 months troubleshooting through a strict process of elimination, ruling out the Client PCs, the managed gigabit switch, the HP Server, its software and hardware.
Think I got a lemon - NOW I take it back - 5 Stars now
4 January 2009
Summary: EDITED REVIEW: Ok, I wrote a review earlier prior to receiving my 2nd drive from Amazon. I received a drive with the CC1H firmware and it is totally awesome, no failures whatsoever, no streaming issues, no lockups - no failure to detect the drive, etc... btw I use windows only, no Mac or linux etc, and have not used this drive in a Raid setup. My plan was to exchange the drive I received which had the SD17 firmware that I updated to SD1A.
Summary: I bought two of these (not from Amazon, but another vendor), and they are unusable for media or any other near real time use. Every 5-10 minutes, the drives will stop responding for a period of time (10-30 seconds). Data is not lost, but it's useless for playing back media files, as videos and even MP3s will stop playing. SMART monitoring shows no errors and that the drive is working properly.
Summary: Da der Versand durch Amazon geschieht gehe ich davon aus sie auch von Amazon verpackt wird. Die Verpackung war wirklich unter aller Sau. Das habe ich von Amazon schon deutlich besser gesehen. Anstatt sie sauber in Luftpolsterfolie einzupacken lag sie ohne Kunststoffummantelung lose AUF einem Haufen Papier. Ich betone "AUF" und nicht "umhüllt von". Sie ist an die eine Seite des Kartons gerutscht wo sie völlig ungeschützt vor einem Aufpral lag.