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.