Well heres my story:
My laptop has only 320gb of storage and it was running out. So i bought a 1.5tb seagate external drive and hooked it up via esata. It was fast enough to install steam and play mw2, l4d and other games off it. All the time while i had the drive it had been clicking quite a bit but i chose to ignore it. Come the end of 2010 and i tried to get some data off it it wouldnt work.
So i was going to America anyway in december so i bought a hornetek viper external enclosure (as esata enclosures were scarce here) to put the seagate drive into as apparently the enclosre is the one thats faulty. Came back to Australia and the seagate started working again! So i bought and installed a 2TB WD2001FASS yesterday.
It runs pretty hot but about the same as the plastic enclosed seagate. It does make more noise than the seagate though. Running some HDTune tests the Cavair black is considerably faster which i wasnt expecting at all as i’d seen some reviews which placed it below the barracuda.
HDTune result from external enclosure via esata: http://flic.kr/p/99v8Z8
If you did learn anything: Dont buy seagate for reliablitly…or speed…or anything for that matter.
Hope it helped! (Or just assisted in increasing the average amount of boredom worldwide)