Summary: I bought the Hitachi 500GB only because I had to back up my hard drive when getting my computer repaired at the Apple store. It served its purpose, and I was able to restore all my data. But having spend $130, I wanted to continue to use it, so decided to set it up for automatic backups. When I plugged it into my Mac, all it did was make chirping noises. They went on for hours. Tried again on another computer, same problem.
Summary: I put this drive in my everyday, hard working laptop in November, 2009. It gave me a predictive failure notice in January, 2012. 26 months? At least it and the SMART system knew it was going to fail.
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.
Failed after about a year of solid everyday use...
30 November 2011
Summary: This review is for the 320GB version of the HD which I used as a replacement in my MacBook Pro 1,1 laptop because I wanted to upgrade the OS to Snow Leopard and the original HD was not big enough at 100GB. At first the drive worked great, it was a noticeably faster and much more quiet than the original HD that came with the Mac Book Pro.
Summary: I expected to receive 500GB hard disk instead I got only a 160GB hard disk. Very disappointed. Be careful. I was enticed by the price but now realize its difficult to buy stuff like these online.
Expert Opinion - These drives only last a few months
Scott A. Johnson "Tech Guy - Scott", 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.