Well, honestly, I'm quite surprised with the overtones of the review because in my opinion they're way too positive. I've been using 250 GB 7200.8 SATA NCQ drive for a month and this model replaced my previous 7200.7 200 GB drive. I decided to take a risk and purchase the drive without seing any prior reviews because my previous experiences with Seagate have been rather positive. Well, I lost the game. I'm very disappointed and I'd rather not buy any new Seagate products anytime soon. Surely, not without prior deep digging.
The 7200.8 model is simply slow (in real-world applications sometimes slower than my 2-years old 7200.7) and noisy, very noisy (I mean seeks - the motor is whisper quiet). The latter is especialy painful because I decided to buy 7200.8 mostly due to the fact that 7200.7 IDE drive was such a silent harddrive. 7200.8 is not such a case, furthermore - Seagate decided to disable option to control the AAM of the drive and they are NOT going to enable it back. I've checked that out with their support team. Instead, they have built in some kind of internal acoustic management which turns the performance mode on if the drive's working in NCQ mode (means - the chipset and SATA controller are compatible with NCQ and NCQ's been turned on) - or turns it off and switches to accoustic mode if the platform does not support NCQ (or NCQ has been disabled). To me it's simply not acceptable because I want to be able to control and choose how the hardware is expected to be working. I'm going to sell this poor product as soon as new Samsung P120 harddrives are available here.
Seagate, wake up! You cannot relly on your past achievements only. Care more about what end users think about your products or... (sorry).