Summary: I received a different model than what I ordered, and apparently it was a refurbished product, both units, because they had identifying stickers on them ("Drive 8, Drive 15") that are not typically found on products that come directly from the factory.
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.
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: I purchased a computer in December 2008 that contained a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 HD. The HD worked terrifically and I had no complaints about it for the first 9 months that I owned it (much longer than most people have owned one before leaving a 4 or 5 star review!!!
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10 August 2009
Summary: I purchased three 500GB versions of these back at the beginning of 2009 for a system build where I used two in a RAID configuration and the third drive as a back up. Just 8 months later all three drives are failing: each has a SMART problem (detected by Windows and by Seagate SeaTools) and two of...
Summary: I really read about this model, about its good performance and capacity, but also read about lots of DOAs, or deaths of drives in 1 or 2 monhts. I gave it a try and bought 2 of these for making a 1TB RAID0 array.
Summary: stay away look for updates in other reviews for failures. Pros: Works fine until it dies! Cons: I have had 3 failures of this model disk in the last 45 days in 2 different systems. These were not gamer systems and are well cooled in large Antec boxes.
Summary: I'm surprised more people have not posted about what a disaster this product is, with many many early failures. There is a very long and heated thread on Seagate forums: [...] Mine: Installed 24 Nov 2008, died 19 Jan 2009, with about 60 hours of video files I had copied from family camcorder tapes...