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Some desktop and notebook barebones drives will have their warranties slashed from 5 years to 1 year.

Last week, Western Digital revealed that it was cutting the warranty on its Caviar Blue/Green and Scorpio Blue drives from three years to two years. Now, it looks like Seagate just couldn't stand by and let Western Digital have all fun when it comes to cutting hard drive warranties.
The Register is reporting that Seagate is upping the ante by slashing some warranties from five years down to one year. Here are some of the "highlights" of the warranty cuts:
  • Constellation 2 and ES.2 drives: 5 years reduced to 3 years
  • Barracuda and Barracuda Green drives: 5 years reduced to 1 year
  • Barracuda XT: 5 years reduced to 3 years
  • Momentus 2.5-inch (5400 and 7200rpm): 5 years reduced to 1 year
  • Momentus XT: 5 years reduced to 3 years
The new warranty policy will go into effect on December 31, 2011. According to The Register, Seagate made this move "to be more consistent with those commonly applied throughout the consumer electronics and technology industries."
By aligning to current industry standards Seagate can continue to focus its investments on technology innovation and unique product features that drive value for our customers rather than holding long-term reserves for warranty returns."
If manufacturers and consumers ever had any doubts before about embracing solid state drive (SSD) technology, maybe now is the time to start making the shift to rid us all of spinning media.

Sources: The Register, PC World

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HD quality has been steadily deteriorating
By Beenthere on 12/18/2011 6:19:19 PM , Rating: 1
This is no surprise. HD makers have been cranking out low quality drives since they switched to SATA drives. Instead of improving quality they increased capacity because consumers seem to think they need 2,000 TB drives - for what I have no idea.

By bigboxes on 12/18/2011 7:31:16 PM , Rating: 1
Gotta have some place to download all those torrents. ;)

By Solandri on 12/18/2011 11:48:05 PM , Rating: 3
To be fair, it's not necessarily decreasing quality. Even if they maintain the same reliability per GB, merely increasing the size of the hard drive will cause lower reliability per drive.

But I do agree, they've been way too wrapped up in a capacity war, much like Intel/AMD were in a GHz war back around 2004. Most of my clients need nothing more than 100-200 GB. Increasingly, rather than have them pay $50 for an extra 800-900 GB they'll never use, I've just been having them pay an extra $100-$200 for an SSD. With the HDD price spike from the flooding in Thailand, the decision is even easier.

By steven975 on 12/19/2011 9:18:29 AM , Rating: 2
I fill them quick on my HTPC.

I have 8TB+ at this point, plus an Intel 80GB SSD. My luck has been pretty good, though. I have a WD black 1.5, a WD green 1, 1.5, and 2TB, and a Seagate 1.5, and a few Hitachi/Samsung drives I swap out of a BlacX. Only the 1.5 WD green has failed after 2 years, and that was after a cross-country move. The RMA was painless.

Though, the dropping warranty signals certain things, so I will likely only buy Blacks now if I go WD.

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