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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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Oh well
By drlumen on 12/19/2011 5:38:44 PM , Rating: 2
Since I have quit buying Seagate drives I don't have a problem if they decrease their warranty.

I have had a lot of different drives over the years (starting with 40MB WD - yes MB) and eventually they all go bad. Maxtor, Seagate and Samsung are the ones that seem to go out the quickest. I have had a lot of WD's go bad (because that is mostly what I buy) but rarely within the 3 or 5 year warranty (only 1 replaced within warranty). But I have always stayed away from the bottom of the barrel (ie WD green) drives or the $49 fry's specials.

All-in-all it's really luck of the draw. Every manufacturer has problems at times. I just have not had much luck with drives other than WD.




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