Summary: Not a robust drive. Bought it a couple months ago and didn't get around to installing it until now. (i.e. after 30 day return period) Once installed received nothing but annoying beeping coming from the hard drive. Took the drive and laptop to a local computer tech. He confirmed it's dead Jim.
Summary: Installed this in a friends laptop as an upgrade and now they're bringing it back to me a few months later because it's locking up and running slow. Ran some tests and the drive is riddled with bad sectors and seeks constantly. I'll have to replace it again but I won't be buying Seagate this time.
Expert Opinion - These drives only last a few months
Amazon Customer, Amazon
4 November 2011
Summary: I have purchased 3 of these drives in the past year or so. Each of them lasted under 3 months. I am an IT expert and a Senior Programmer at a major consulting company and I know the problems are with the drives, not me. The reason these drives get good reviews are because the people reviewing them have not had them long enough to find out that they wont last long. If you do risk getting this drive, you better backup your important files regularly.
Summary: I too was a bit leery when I bought this drive originally because of the reviews, but the price was right at the time for a laptop (ThinkPad) drive replacement/upgrade. I should have listened to my gut reaction. Drives eventually all fail - its just a matter of time and inevitably, mine fail after I've been on the road for a week without a backup.
Summary: I bought this drive to upgrade the 250 GB OEM drive in my MacBook Pro. After I installed it, it worked fine for @ 3 months. Then it died. I shipped it back to Seagate and a few weeks later I had a replacement drive. After I installed it, it worked fine for @ 2 months. Then it died. I shipped it back to Seagate and a few weeks later I had a replacement drive. 2 months later and it's starting to show signs of impending death. WHAT A PIECE OF GARBAGE!!!
Summary: This particular drive was housed in my mid-2009 MacBook Pro, purchased directly from Apple and customized (3.06GHz processor, 500GB hard drive). I purchased the system on August 06, 2009. On February 02, 2010, the hard drive suffered a complete failure. I was not informed what model of drive was in the system at the time of purchase, but when the Apple Store returned the failed drive to me so that I could try to extract data from it, I learned that it was this particular...
Summary: I installed this drive in my MacBook Pro, replacing the original 160 Gb drive that had become too small. It worked well, and was fast. But, after about 4 months of use, it started to die. My computer became glacially slow, and when I was able to run terminal, I saw I/O errors from one of the partitions in the system log. I took it to the genius bar at the local Apple store, and they told me it was most likely a disk problem.
Summary: I am not going to say there is something wrong with these drives, because at the end of the day I'm only one guy with a bad experience. I'll just offer my review here so that people get a full perspective. I have had two of these fail on me in a row, failing offline SMART tests. When it was working, the drive was very fast and quiet, though, so I can certainly understand the high marks people give these drives when they work.