Using this drive for over a year now. It is used sparingly, for backing up stuff from multiple computers. Right from the beginning, the USB2 data transfer speed wasn't that great, the usual being about 10MBps. The hard disk makes a consistent noise while spinning, with a shriller noise while revving up. I have had problems with reliability as well, since connecting to different USB ports of the same computer occasionally brings up the dreaded "drive not recognized; please format" error.