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.