Summary: I bought three of these drives and all three have already started showing signs of failure after a purchase from 2 years ago. How sad. Seagate USED TO make good reliable inexpensive drives. You could purchase 2, 3 or more and build a RAID-drive and have all the resilience in your storage you could possibly need. Now Seagate and Western Digital are fighting quality control issues again, like they were 15-20 years ago.
Summary: Perhaps I missed something, but the hard drive I received was not new. Not even refurbished - just erased from it's previous use. It was in usable condition but with 1,452 hours and 286 power cycles it wasn't what I was expecting.
Summary: perfectly good drive, but for only about a month -- then died suddenly without warning, ouch. What's more, according to the Seagate site, "The product you identified was sold as a system component. Please contact your place of purchase for service. Seagate sells many drives to direct OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) customers. These products are usually configured for the OEMs only, as components for their systems.