Summary: Purchased for a inexpensive PC build roughly a month ago. Ran beautifully, though I was a little concerned with read write noise. SMART data listed the drive as GOOD so felt ok with the build. Customer contacted me today stating PC wont boot. Checked the drive - 32,000 hours & 171 power on count. This drive was apparently at the end of its life.
Pros: Fast with plenty of storage.
Cons: Failed after just 1 month of normal desktop use.
Summary: Runs quiet, with normal temps, and performance that real HD comparison tests indicate it beats or matches most newer drives. Had to be formatted before recognized by system. Received in 24 hrs from order ! Great value for the money ! Used in external drive case thru eSata connection, which matches internal drive thruput. Marked on case as Seagate "refurbished" with latest drive BIOS, which fixed earlier drive bugs.
Summary: I have this hdd since 10 days and it already shows sign of a dying hdd. Very slow and unusual read times and slows down my computer. I backed up everything on it in case it dies. Any day it can crap out on me and die! It's a big lemon that has very little chance of surviving past the 90 days of warranty. I will bring the drive back actually within 30 days!