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Pros: Reliable so far
Cons: Pity the warranty isn't five years as all Seagate drives used to have
Other Thoughts: These drives are what will be found in the STBD2000101 "retail" packages, and that is the form in which I got all but one of my ten drives of this model (so it is strange that the "retail-packaged" ones are getting better feedback scores here).The remaining one was received from Seagate as a warranty replacement for a failed ST32000641AS and had (still has) the remainder of the original drive's 5-year warranty.READ FULL REVIEW
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Pros: Modular, with a lot of connectors. Quiet. Efficient.
Cons: I wish the cables were a little longer and with a little more space between the drive connectors:
1. The PSU is mounted in the bottom of my large tower case, and the server motherboard has the 24-pin and 8-pin connectors along the top edge, just too far away for me to bring the 24-pin cable up the back of the MB mounting plate and through the adjacent cutout: I have to use an extender if I don't want to run the cable in front of /on top of the motherboard and perhaps block needed airflow.
2. The Molex and SATA connectors are just too close together to allow one to connect to each of my iStarUSA drive cages: I can use only alternate connectors.
Pros: High capacity. Extra saving with promo code. Packaged well. 2-year warranty (whereas some recent Seagate drives -- even the "retail" ones on store shelves -- have had only a 1-year warranty).
Cons: None so far. Only a 2-year warranty; I remember when Seagate drives had a 5-year warranty.
Other Thoughts: This my fifth ST2000DM001. The first was received direct from Seagate as a warranty replacement for an ST32000641AS that failed. Three more I bought as "retail kit" drives (packaged as STBD2000101, but the drive inside was the ST2000DM001). This one I bought as a replacement for a second ST32000641AS that sometimes "acts up" but always passes the SeaTools diagnostics.
I have read complaints of some "bare" drives (from various manufacturers and vendors) suffering damage in transit due to improper packaging, but this one came in a close-fitting "air-cushion" pouch in a box just the right size.