- 5900 RPM 32MB Cache
- SATA 3.0Gb/s
- 3 years limited
Holding my breath on 3rd Replacement 08/02/2013
Seagate was nice enough to send me my 3rd drive even though I was out of warranty. Happy as a pig! Yeah but now the cons.......
Can you say "I'm having a drive nightmare?"
Purchased first drive 08/31/09 with CC32 firmware; it died 12/17/11 so I got a little over 2 years on that drive.
Seagate replaced it with a refurb with firmware CC34; that drive died today 8/2/13 so I got less than 2 yrs on that drive.
So, even though I was out of warranty I called Seagate and cried. I complained that even a refurb drive can't last 2 years? They were nice enough to agree to send me another drive and warranty it for 30 days.
Fortunately I had no data on the drive. It was just sitting there spinning and suffering a terrible slow death. If a drive could have cancer, this drive has a high risk rate. Just read the other 600 reviews.
Seagate is cross shipping the replacement. First thing I'll do is check the firmware and update to CC35 if it's not done already. Second thing I'll do is a full format so if there are bad sectors I can return it for another one.
Then I'll let it spin for a month or so and see if it dies. Then I'll read/write small and large files to it and see if it still refuses to die.
Then I'll probably actually use the drive but back it up. You never know when cancer will hit this drive. I look at this as an experiment.
Had I know that there was a CC35 firmware update I would have done that a long time ago. Too bad there's no way to put in your email and request updates as they become available.
I'm beginning to think that purchasing hard drives is a bit like rebuilding a car. Only difference is that a rebuilt car lasts much longer than 2 years; unless your rebuilding a lemon, which, in this case is exactly what we've got.
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