It's a hard drive, there's not much to really say. The price spike from the Thai flood has mostly tapered off so buying HDDs is a viable option again. The amounts of storage still tend to humble me (yes, I'm one of those for whom a 10MB drive the size of a box of Kleenex for $150 was a steal of a deal, a drive I would never fill up... but then back in those days, programs were measured in KB, not 100's of MB). This is a nice mid-speed 7200rpm drive (not one of those wee*** 5900 or lower rpm 'green' things).
Installation is a breeze but don't bother using the included Seagate Disc Wizard CD for installing the unit; XP and higher will recognize the drive and install whatever is required. However, the SG Disc Wizard does contain some very useful backup, restoration and cloning tools which are keepers. The only drawback to the tools (at least the cloning) is that at least one of the HDDs must be either a Seagate or a Maxtor drive.
SATA data cable, 4-pin Molex to SATA power cable adaptor, and mounting hardware is included.
The drive is quiet, runs relatively cool, writes data, reads data, c'mon folks not much to praise or gripe about....
...except Seagate's corporate policy on warranty. Personally, one of the reasons I've almost always bought Seagate drives is their reliability which has in the past been backed up by one of the longer warranty durations in the industry (five years). Other manufacturers tend toward the two or even one year warranty which, to me, is an indication of the degree of trust they have in their products.
However, recently Seagate has apparently joined the masses and lowered their warranty period (at least on this drive) to one year. It says so on the box which I didn't notice until I got home. The real problem was that I distinctly remembered reading the blurb tag at the store and it clearly said five years. Furthermore, if you check the Specifications tab on the BB page for this drive, it also says five years.
So I went back to my friendly BB store, first took pictures of the sales blurb tag which said five years, then went to the customer service counter to ask about this apparent discrepancy. The person behind the counter looked it up on his computer and told me unequivocally that the drive was covered for five years; he even turned the monitor around so I could see it, sure enough five years.
Still, it makes me wonder why Seagate has changed their corporate policy on warranty period from five to two or one years. Just because other manufacturers are doing it doesn't mean that everyone should do it. See lemmings (which btw is largely but not entirely an old wive's tale).
But enough politics. Need more storage? Buy this drive. Better yet, wait for it to be on sale for an even more ridiculously low price.
Final note: When reviewing, don't use the word wee*** which sounds like teeny. The BB censors will come after you :)