I purchased a bunch of Seagate barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB drives a few years back when 1.5TB drives were the largest you could get.
These drives always had issues – if you do a quick google on them, you’ll find lots of entries complainign about their reliability and firmware issues….
I’ve basically had one die, on average, every 3 months over the past few years….. initially, i had to get i think it was something like 8 out of 12 of them replaced within the first month… so yer, hasnt been a good experience.
The one i lost last night stored my media server and XP virtuals that i used for remoting in to various client sites – i deemed this not important enough to back up…. and it isnt…. but fuck its a hassle re-creating this stuff!
Having said that, i think there is only 1 left now – so the pain will soon be over…. and the plan is to move everything over onto an iSCSI NAS soon anyway….. ive heard the QNAP’s are good, so ill be looking at them…. basically anyhing but a Thecus is an option.