Pros The color of the box it came in wasn't too bad. Nor the RMA boxes.
Cons Everything except the box it came in. Wish it was still in it at Best Buy!!
Summary "I am a professional computer technician with over 15 years experience in PC hardware repair and trouble-shooting. I am A+, Net+, CCNA and MCSE certified. I have worked on some of the most prestigious projects on 4 continents. I wouldn't even recommend giving this to the neighbors dog to chew on, even if it was barking all night.
The product is that bad. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS DRIVE!
First, the ESATA interface is poor and flaky. I bought this drive specifically for that reason and it frequently just dropped the line. Apparently, Seagate sets the power settings to just 10 minutes by default. A professional series, large volume drive that powers down after 10 minutes!! Using their recommended guidelines, I hooked it up via USB and was able to use the Seagate software to adjust the power settings, to no avail. Even after I powered it down, changed the input back to ESATA and turned it back on, it still flakes out.
Secondly, using the USB interface for the drive is no better. Occasionally, it just drops out and my brand-new, Vista x64, i7 920 HP computer can't recognize it or even see it in Disk Management.
Thirdly, even when it does recognize the drive (if you unplug and replug it in several times, it eventually spins up), there's no guarantee you'll be able to access the files.
So, what did I do? In-between my hectic schedule, I spent a week trying to figure out the problem. Finally, I sent it back to Seagate for RMA, which took another week. Then, I traveled to a customers site out-of-state for a week, returned, and it's now having the same problem with the new one as the last one.
I don't have time to fool with a new hard drive that will not work!! I've had it! I will NEVER buy another Seagate product again!
I have installed hundreds of drives in the last 15 years and I've seen hard drives that were practically melting that worked better, but I've never seen a hard drive so poorly engineered and manufactured that it continues to cause flaky connects, file read errors and poor performance like I've experienced with my NEW Seagate Xtreme 1.5 TB drive.
Frankly, I'm so frustrated with trying to trust this drive will eventually work, I want to throw the dam thing away and chalk it up to poor choices on my part. I wish I had read this review forum before I bought that drive. This is the worst product I've ever bought.
Never again, Seagate. And Best Buy, you should be ashamed for even carrying this drive."
Pros nothing positive when you lose data on a drive soon after buying it
Cons unreliable. Not even the warranty return section on their website worked. This drive just stopped working and made a grinding sound. Data was lost. Do not buy Seagate drives.
Pros Reliable so far. 5 year warranty if it does fail (best warranty of any hard drive company I know of). Small Compact size and easily stack-able design. Attractive looking design. 7200 RPM. Good backup program that comes on it (though I don't use)
Cons 931 GB instead of actual 1,000 GB (Of course that's typical of pretty much all hard drives). You have to go out and buy eSata separately.
Summary People will typically more likely review something that is bad is all area of life. These bad reviews aren't really fair to how good this hard drive is. I owned 1 for over half a year, bought two more about a month ago and I plan on buying 1 more next month (I just like to have two hard drives to mirror each other in case one fails, I still have the other with the same data, I would do this with any company's hard drive). None of then have failed so far. The 1TB is plenty of space for most people with videos and photos they wanna backup. I am happy with my Freeagent Xtreme hard drives. because they have been good to me so far and have plenty of space for my uses.
Pros The lights are pretty. Pretty lights. It's a great lamp.
Cons Began clicking, corrupting files, and losing data within a month. My computer constantly loses contact with it (may be on the OS side, but it lists my OS as compatible so I think it SHOULD be compatible then).
Summary I lost the receipt and box for this or else I would have returned it. This thing was a lemon. It still halfway works which is just painful for me because I never know when it will become useless and whatever I haven't backed up from it will be lost. But I also hate to think of the money I wasted on it.
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.