Top critical review
High Failure Rate
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2018
So I'm not your typical consumer, and push my drives pretty hard. I own a web hosting company, and bought a dozen of these for some personal servers. Some prequalifiers (a) these are consumer drives, but I've used consumer SSDs, SSHDs, and HDDs, and still have some of each in service beyond the 5+ year mark, (b) many of the problems I've had are VERY early in the life of the Firecudas ... they aren't failing from endurance, but simply from existing errors, and (c) even returned, replaced items (which are just refurbs anyway) by the manufacturer have failed almost instantly in cases.
As I said, I don't have "normal" use cases, but many times, I get to see just what consumer/prosumer drives are made of. For example, I've had Samsung 960s that are still in SQLServers after 4 years and have plenty of wear left. Unless it's something odd, like a green drive, or magnetic archive drive, that the total use case differs for, then they should perform, albeit at a lower level.
To begin with, I bought a dozen of these drives, in two batches of six over a 4 month period. Within 6 months, 8 out of the 12 had failed. Sent them back to Seagate, had them replaced, and 6 of THOSE 8 didn't even make it through the initial format of the drive. Sent those 6 back to Seagate, had them replaced, and 4 of THOSE didn't even make it through the initial format.
I've put these in (a) servers, (b) desktops, and (c) little Intel NUCs. They've failed in every one of them.
When they do work, they're "ok". I've stayed away from Seagate for YEARS due to this, and throught I'd come back for a bit ... they still make crap drives.
Back to Hitachi Ultrastars, Sandisk SSDs, WD SSDs, and Samsung SSDs, with Intel DCs for the servers.