Summary: Always thought Seagate was a good brand, maybe they had a bad run on their 500GB Barracuda OEM drives but I have had 3 of the 4 I bought fail with no warning between 9 and 15 months of use. I sleep the computer overnight and once a week turn them of and reboot. They were all working fine when I shut the system down and then the BIOS can't find them when I boot it back up. All three failed this way.
Summary: I've used Seagate drives for 15 years without problems. I bought this drive new and it lasted 10 months before dying. The first replacement drive lasted 3 months before it died, the second replacement lasted 2 months, and the latest replacement drive lasted 5 days. I'm returning it today to get drive number FIVE. Enough said.
Summary: I have had two of these die on me and have had to backup all of my data and move to new drives. This is unacceptable! It takes a good day to transfer all of your stuff to a new drive, reload Windows, reinstall all software, etc. These drives are crap.
Summary: I have owned three of these drives now, and all three have failed in a matter of months. Thankfully I've been using them as one disk in a RAID, so I haven't lost any data yet, but this failure rate is unacceptable. Meanwhile, the Western Digital drives in my RAID have been chugging along for over 3 years without issue. Do *not* buy these Seagate drives unless you want to lose data.
Summary: Model ST3750330AS, Product Number: PBX156-568, Firware: SD81, Date Code: 08387. Worked great for about 13 months and then with no warning (grinding noises, etc.) of imminent failure, I turned my computer off on a Thursday night and Friday morning the bios would not recognize my HDD. I just got the "No boot device available, Press ENTER key to retry". I then purchased a copy of "SpinRite 6.0" hoping to just recover my data.
Summary: Installed this drive to upgrade a 80GB HD on a relatives computer. In less than a week stated to get Hard Drive Failure is Imminent messages. Ran the Seagate diagostic software and the drive did not pass. Currently am waiting for a replacement drive from Seagate. Luckily still had the original 80GB drive that I had cloned from and was able to reinstall it. It is a shame that a brand new drive would not last more than a week.
Summary: WE have purchased dozens of these drives between 2009 and 2010. Over half have died. 36 out of 60. One hard drive to stay far far away. The 36 that "died" just bricked out. Bad firmware, etc. Its amazing how Seagate has yet to be sued for issuing so many dead drives. Well, they are paying the price as their competitors are catching up with them. Guaranteed: Seagate will not have the title of "best selling" hard drive maker after 2011. Daniel J.
Summary: I'd completely skip the Seagate lineup. Run. Seriously. I had three Seagate drives fail (the next replaced it's predecessor) in about a year's time. If you're wondering, I work at a university and we're encouraged to buy through purchase orders locally. And that meant Seagate. So three drives failed. Yes, that counts as a statistical anomaly. It deserves a fine googling.
Summary: This drive failed after 5 months use. I'm RMA'ing it now as it's under warranty but just lost a ton of data. Apparently this model has MANY issues that cause it to fail BOTH hardware design and firmware. Definitely not a good combination! Thanks a lot Seagate, you just lost all my future business.
Summary: After purchasing this drive to use in an external case for backing up my computer, i had reoccurring problems with the drive. i tried different cases, different operating systems and even installing the drive in a desktop computer. no luck. after contacting seagate and explaining to them the issues with the drive, they refused to give me a firmware update which seems to be the fix for the problem according to pages and pages of forum reviews.