Joined on 01/25/07
Usually great but open them up right away
Pros: Work great most of the time. Great price, especially when on sale. I haven't found them susceptible to "disc rot": discs I burned 4 years ago still read fine.
Cons: When you get several bad discs in a row it's usually the entire spindle that's bad. When you get a bad spindle you have to deal directly with Vinpower instead of Newegg.
Overall Review: Make sure you open the spindle up and check the discs as soon as you get them. I used to stock up whenever these went on sale and, thus, had many unopened spindles on hand. The problem is that I have several spindles purchased at different times that are completely unusable and unreturnable. The problem with the bad discs is that you can see through them. Look through from the underside with the disc held in front of a light source and you can not only read the logo top, you can see your fingers through the disc. If you hold it in close front of your monitor you can read what is on your screen! These discs "burn" most of the time but ALWAYS fail to verify or read and if one is bad the entire spindle is bad. As a consequence I have several hundred unburned coasters. But, hey, if I ever have a party I'm covered, right? They're still a great product, most of the time, just don't stock up on unopened & unchecked spindles or it may come back to bite you in the rear. Check immediately so you can get replacements if they're see-thru.
Pros: I have 4 of these in various sizes and all work quite well so far (unusual in my 25-year experiences with Seagate products!). I bought them because they were cheaper than the comparable Western Digital products, although that no longer appears to be the case.
Cons: Newegg really needs to get their act together, though, on these product pages: Seagate hasn't offered a 5-year warranty in years! The warranty on these drives, as stated on Seagate's own product page is 2 years. This correction is the sole reason I'm writing this review.
Overall Review: These appear to be a solid product and worth the investment.
Corsair Cust. Serv. very poor
Pros: 1 stick still works
Cons: After about 8 months my computer started suffering random program crashes, reboots, and BSoDs, then came the day it wouldn't boot at all. Turns out 1 stick went bad (nothing but fails in Memtest). With bad stick removed system works fine, 'though low in memory. Problem is I cannot get warranty replacement without losing my computer for a couple weeks.
Overall Review: I don't have a credit card for them to hold hostage so they won't send me a replacement first and they won't replace a single stick so my only option for replacement is going to leave me without a computer for a couple weeks - time during which I'll still have to be paying for my internet service, even though I'll be unable to use it. CSR was not helpful, nor was supervisor. I think my 15+ year association with Corsair is at an end. Anyone hear good things about G.Skill or Patriot?
Pros: Prices are finally getting almost back to normal.
Cons: Only 2 tears ago virtually Seagate internal drives came with 3-year or 5-year warranties. Now they come with a 1-year!?! I guess Seagate got tired of replacing all those pieces of junk they made every 15-20 months.
Overall Review: Don't waste your money on Seagate. They make unreliable junk, turned Maxtor from good to so bad they ditched the brand altogether and they'll do the same to Samsung. Stick with Western Digital and their subsidiary HGST, (formerly Hitachi,) brands.