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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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RE: Well that's that
By tecknurd on 12/21/2011 2:10:03 AM , Rating: 2
Considering that I've had to RMA every single WD green 1.5 TB and 2 TB drive I've ever owned, I would never risk buying another one without a warranty. This is coming from a guy who has 12 drives (1.5 TB to 2 TB capacity) purchased over the last 3 years. These drives are stored in a highly ventilated case and spun down when not in use.

Best to go with Seagate, even if the warranties are the same. Both my friend and I have collectively over two dozen drives and neither of us have RMA'd a Seagate. Yes there was the whole click of death thing with Seagate a while back, but it was over publicized for what it was. WD drives just fail after a year or two with little warning.

Powering the hard drive down when not in use is not smart. It is best to keep hard drives powered on at all times. Hard drives fail to work when they are powered down and then up or has the most wear and tear. Does brakes for the car wear out faster when doing city driving (stop and go) or on the high way? City driving is worst for brakes, so is powering down and up the hard drive.

I would not go to Seagate because of their 1 terabyte hard drives and up have history of problems. Also Seagate hard drives have issues when the power supply is aging or does not provide good power. I have Seagate hard drives, so I know their issues.

Recommending Seagate because Western Digital hard drives fails in a year is just stating you do not understand your problem. Over +20 years of using Western Digital for my computers I can say they are reliable. Moving to another brand is not going to fix your problem.

BTW, the article did not say that the hard drive manufactures will be removing the warranty completely. They will have at least a one year warranty.

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