Pros None - cannot use device as designed, marketed or sold.
Cons Seagate Manager software cannot be used on a Dell system using eSata.
Summary Spent several hours troubleshooting earlier today on the 1.5 TB version and seagate came to the conclusion that their Seagate Manager software is not compatible with the Dell eSata which means that power management, configuration, RAID, etc., cannot be used unless connected to slower ports such as firewire or USB. There are several other eSata drivers, etc., that the Seagate Manager cannot play nice with but that information tends to be hidden until after purchase.
There is reduced operability of this device via eSata on a Dell using the Vista interfaces such as Windows Explorer but drive will stay on 100% of time with fans constantly running, etc.
Pros Nice low profile and quick external hardrive, does what I expect of it without fail. Firewire and eSata big plus, not to many with those options for this price.
Cons Not sure how well it can be moved from machine to machine but that's not what I need it for.
Summary I have this hooked up principally for video, music storage and for back up. Has a quick response and I have not had any crash problems as mentioned by a previous reviewer. I went for this particular drive for the 7200 rpm speed and the fact that it takes firewire which puts up better numbers or sustained throughput than USB 2.0. Having eSata on this drive makes me wish I had a eSata port on my PC..
"Get's the Job done"on by Hinez57
Pros Large storage capacity. Cool design
Cons No power button to physically reset it. You have to use the free agent manager software to operate the drive. eSATA connection causes the drive to go into standby after 5 minutes of idle, but that can be turned off
Summary Overall the drive has been okay to me. It is very unintensive use which is why I don't hate it. After much searching, I finally got it to work. Seagate doesn't include a disk with the free agent manager on there, so when I formated the drive out of the box, it deleted that and I had to go to their website and deal with that. You have to plug in the drive via USB to disable the standby feature of the drive. I personally think it's dumb to have a drive that goes into standby but doesn't have a power button to pull it out of that mode. the eSATA transfer speed is very fast. I personally recommend this drive in the circumstance that it being used only for random storage that you don't use on a day to day basis. If you need any sort of reliability out of this drive, I don't think you are going to get it. All of the things I've seen say that the 1.5 Tb drives are riddled with failures and problems. I'll keep knocking on wood every day.
Pros I like the fact that the storage capacity is starting to approach the needs of today's power-users, though a faster interface than the USB 2 is really needed for a drive of this size. It was not available in Firewire for some reason.
Cons Didn't have long enough to test. When I asked to return, I discovered a mass recall of Barracuda Seagate drives but not mine. They did offer to replace it though, but I am still waiting on the 6th day for news of shipment, for which I paid again.
Summary Was probably introduced prematurely onto the market, along with their other models that have had so many problems lately. Seagate...please test a little longer, and use extreme and varied test cases also.
Pros Cost/gigabyte is very consumer-friendly.
Cons Unreliable. Serveral drives failed and were returned. Unreliable in production environments. Not a unattended good backup product.
Summary Bought 8 Xtremes at 1.5TB each. Terrible. Drives frequently dropped off system and were no longer visible. Tried USB and eSATA interfaces with same result. Set power save to "Never", still lost connection. Tested on several different computers (2 Dell Optiplexes, 3 Poweredge servers, one HP) running Win XP, 2003 Server, Sever 2008, Ubuntu. All the same. We bought 8 of these, and I'm not sure we'll be able to use any of them. We're commencing the testing of the smaller FreeAgent Go drives as a comparison. So far, they seem better. The older FreeAgent Classic drives have been rock solid. I don't know why, but Seagate took a step backwards with the Xtreme drives. A huge step backwards.