Summary: I think there are some serious QA issues with these drives. On the last shipment 3 out if 4 where DOA. Amazon replaced them fast. On the previous order 1 out of 4 had bad sectors out of the box. That's obviously a very high percentage. We have used WD up until this point without a single failed drive. Have about 30 of them. We switched for our new raids for price and compatibility. WD don't perform as well as these Toshiba in a raid environment.
Summary: Neither unit was recognized in two different computer systems, and one of them made a rhythmic 'clicking' sound along with a LOUD hum when it was powered/spun up. I've used this model drive quite a bit and haven't had any problems in the past. Because of my past experiences with this unit, I figured I'd buy more. Thankfully I hadn't put any data on these drives. I'm not ready to give up on Toshiba yet, but hopefully this was just a bad batch.
Summary: I purchased this drive originally due to the solid reviews that it had. I needed a nice sized drive to store data on, and thought this was just perfect. Turns out that I hit the Dead on Arrival lotto, not once, but twice! I normally purchase Western Digital if I am purchasing a traditional hard drive, and I believe that is what I am going to do in this instance. Buyer Beware!
Summary: The hard drive was manufactured in June of 2013, I purchased it in September 2013. This morning, I noticed it was not being detected by my PC. Turns out, it was no longer spinning up, seemingly unable to receive any kind of power. I'm currently looking for a replacement circuit board in the hopes that I can recover any of the data on the drive. Don't by Toshiba hard drives unless you like losing data. Stick with Western Digital or Seagate.
Summary: Bought this on 2012-10-24 from NCIX z 79.99, SMART error on 2013-04-10. While I was browsing the net on 2013-04-10, this window poped up http://i.imgur.com/vRQedYK.png I checked SMART status and this showed about Reallocated Sector Count, http://i.imgur.com/3sdc5yA.png This is my first time having a HDD die so quickly after buying and I did not even use this HDD that much, it was mainly used as a storage device.
Summary: I thought Toshiba was a well know brand and was expecting a decent drive. The HDD arrived today in excellant packaging, in the antistatic sealed bag, inside a bubbled jiffy bag, wrapped with masses of bubble wrap in a large box surrounded by paper. After playing pass-the-parcel with myself for several minutes I opened the bag and installed the hardware into my PC. Turned the power on and Click Click Click. The HDD was DOA.
Summary: Much has changed in the landscape of hard drive manufacturers in the last couple of years. The rise of solid state drives and the disappearance of many of the old names in traditional hard drives manufacturers has somewhat limited choice. This was worsened when Seagate acquired Samsung's HDD division and Western Digital acquired Hitachi's hard drive division.