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Seagate 1.5TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive ST315005EXA101-RK

  • USB 2.0
  • 1 year Manufacturer Warranty

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • eric p.
  • 6/29/2010 6:43:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Extremely high defect rate, didn't but it from newegg, I should've checked here to see how dire this HDD is in performance, the instant i plugged it in it started clicking, I let it go for a day and I think it maybe saved 1 MB of data from my internal, then returned it to best buy

Other Thoughts: How on earth did seagate not even bother testing these after assembly? a random selection would've revealed an extremely high defect rate

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/20/2010 3:04:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsMine works just fine..

Pros: Reliable--only not read by my comp every now and again, perhaps once every few months.

Lots of storage for a low, low price--bought this at 110 last year.

Cons: External case is junk. After 5 months of use the case completely crapped out on me; so I just took it out of the case and put it into my comp--so long external drive!

Transfer rates are abysmally slow, but then, this was intended to be an external drive, and so wasn't built to take advantage of SATA II ports.

Other Thoughts: Common consensus says to stay away from this drive. My experience says otherwise, but do take others opinions into consideration before buying.

Phenom II X6@ 3.85 Ghz
8Gb Gskill Ripjaws DDR3 1600
Asus DK 4870 1Gb
Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H

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  • Charles H.
  • 6/15/2010 2:18:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDon't Buy

Pros: Price per GB.

Cons: Failure rate.
Noise threshold.
Plastic gloss case scratches easily.
Automatic sleep mode issues.

Other Thoughts: I bought this drive originally as a backup. After copying all files to it (600GB or so) it failed and started loosing data. I exchanged it within the return policy for a new one, and proceeded to do the same. After about 5 months it started making loud clicking noises, and all data transfer stopped, then resumed once it stopped clicking. I immediately purchased another one to transfer all of the data from it to the new one, then return the old one under warranty. I decided to keep the one that was intermittently clicking instead of returning it, because it wasn't actually loosing data. After about 3 months the one that was clicking has finally started to loose data and the new one I bought to make it's data redundant seems to be failing mechanically, giving off heavy vibrations with each head movement.
If the data being put on this drive is of importance to you, DO NOT BUY IT. If you do buy it, at the very least make sure that you setup a redundant drive.

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  • Mike C.
  • 6/10/2010 11:16:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsHeed this warning.

Pros: Big capacity for the price I guess, at the time I bought it everything else was 175+, and this was 120.

Cons: After about 2 days of normal operation, I received the click of death. I didn't pay attention to the multiple warnings on this site. Seagate was worthless, they tried to tell me it was my fault and I didn't have it set up properly. It is pretty hard to plug in a USB cable and a power cord, sheesh. I won't be buying Seagate ever again, and you shouldn't either.

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  • Dennis C.
  • 6/7/2010 2:26:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Sleek Design, but who cares when it immediately breaks and causes you to lose your back up data.

Cons: Intermittent failure to copy and or move my files to this HD for 2 weeks followed by "click of death" for one week. Then, total failure of this 1.5TB USB external HD to do anything but make thrashing sounds and not work at all. I have two other Seagate External HD's (500GB) which have performed excellently for several years, but this one tragically caused me to loose over a terabyte of valuable irreplaceable data.

Other Thoughts: Did not purchase this at Newegg like my other Seagates, but at Best Buy. Am afraid to purchase any usb external HD with capacity over 500GB because I think 1 or 2 TB HD's are naturally prone to fail. Just ordered new Seagate 250GB from Newegg...the ONLY electronics store I can implicitly trust if I have any problems..

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  • Michael G.
  • 5/21/2010 1:09:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsi lost over 1tb of data :(

Pros: Cheap, large capacity

Cons: since its so large, i decided to put over a tera of data on it. Go figure... I turn on my pc and i hear it beeping very quietly. This is actually all it does for me now. Beep Beep Beep

It was great for about 4 months. Just long enough for me to trust it with my precious data.

Other Thoughts: ;( Its not fun to loose that much data

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/10/2010 11:21:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsProblems?

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Goes to sleep on it's own, despite USB power settings.

Other Thoughts: I see terrible reviews and news of a clicking noise but I have owned 1 for quite a while and just bought a second one since it is full. I stream all types of content from this drive to wireless systems throughout the house.

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  • cliff b.
  • 5/9/2010 7:06:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggshorrible

Pros: big drive geat price at newegg

Cons: i have bought at least 10 of these keep getting sukered with the low price on these and the hope one will work but none of the 10 work get the click of death most after 1 hour of use ..10 drives bought at different times for the last 2 years and all seagate models get the click of death will hot buy again

Other Thoughts: i have over 12tb of media so i always use external drives every time i buy a seagate i get the click of death never had a problem with samsung or wd why do they make these like this? its a waste of time and money for all ?????

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  • Alejandro M.
  • 4/1/2010 9:36:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsclicking a lot

Pros: high storage capacity
small size

Cons: started clicking loud after a couple of months of use. i use it to store movies and when i play them with a WD media player, every time the hard drive clicks, the movie stops or goes frame by frame and after stops clicking it fasts forward the movie for a few is really annoying. i will get a WD elements and use this for data storage and see how it performs.

Other Thoughts: i would not by this..............go for WD

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  • Judson T.
  • 3/28/2010 6:46:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThis drive is BOGUS!!

Pros: nice storage space for good price, but pay the extra few dollars and go with western digital externals!!!

Cons: I've owned two of this model drive. They both have sucked!! They click and click and click loudly. One of them I had to send to warranty and the i got one back from warranty that broke again after a month of use. total nonsense!..

Other Thoughts: thanks seagate :P

your firmware on this one blows!

it starts and stops spinning too often...
i think this is what wears it out so quick.

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