Picked up a Seagate Freagent Xtreme 1.5 TB External at BestBuy last week. What a piece of dung. It lasted 7 days before it died. Not sure if I'll be able to recover the photos I copied over to it. If you see one of these on sale run away. It's not worth the headache.
Fortunately, it appears that only the USB connection died on the external case. I was able to recover my data by using the Firewire connection. Didn't have a chance to try the eSATA connection since I'm away from home but my faith in this thing is very low. Back to BestBuy it goes!