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Seagate Barracuda 3Tb - don't buy it.

Seagate barracuda 3Tb life expectancy is 2 years; confirmed by customer service. All the tools and applications developed by Seagate are made to detect or recover data. So, they know the junk they have and they make money upon data recovery.

This is how it went: purchased the hard drive, downloaded their software to set the partitions, then, after about 2 years, my Windows 7 64bit crashed trying to gather info from one of the partitions. Contacted their support and even if their hard drive still in warranty, they will not helped me. They told me to contact their "data recovery" division to help me. Well, I have called them 1-800-Seagate and they told me to send the hard drive to their lab and the charge will be 550 Pounts (aprox. 700USD). This is not admissible to have a hardware that will last 2 years....

If any of the Seagate team members reads this, please don't try to deny. I have promised you that I will make the world know your type of business you're doing.

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Yep, pretty well known now

In reply to: Seagate Barracuda 3Tb - don't buy it.

If not there, other sites have noted this was during the huge flood period that happened in the area where the drives are made, the idea being that drives junked by flood were cleaned and still sold. Don't know if that was the truth, but considering how the failed drives manufacture date line up with the flood dates, I wouldn't put it past them.

Here's the lie they put out in 2009, but never backed up.

About those floods.

"Thailand is the world's second-largest producer of hard disk drives accounting for approximately 25% of the world's production.Many of the factories that made hard disk drives were flooded, including Western Digital's, leading some industry analysts to predict future worldwide shortages of hard disk drives.Western Digital was able to get one of their plants, flooded on 15 October 2011, back up and running on 30 November 2011. Western Digital's flood-related costs were estimated at between US$225–$275 million, however, an insurance claim of US$50 million for property damage, and another claim for business interruption will help lower the net impact.As a result, most hard disk drive prices almost doubled all over the world, and then slowly started to come down."

Surprisingly, Seagate itself wasn't affected as badly by the floods, but some suppliers of their components were, and that may be where their problem came from, whereas Western Digital who was hit, having tighter control over their components dumped their damaged stock. So, where did the failure actually happen? Was it flood related? Some firmware problem like WD had with it's "Green" Drives? Can't say for certain, but seems more related to the actual storage media itself perhaps, the coated platters used in the drives.
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Wait a second

In reply to: Seagate Barracuda 3Tb - don't buy it.

Didn't anyone tell you ...

"We only lose what we didn't backup."

No matter which make or model, if you only have one copy of a file on one device, it's at risk.

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Don't buy Seagate, period

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I will also never, every buy a Seagate harddisk. My Barracuda 3Tb failed me after 3 years. I have older Samsung drives that still work without any flaws. The Barracuda has bad sectors and fails all the test in their own software. I contacted support and asked for a solution but they said the disk is out of warranty and the cannot do anything for me. Ofcourse this is not true, the could take in the drive and replace it, but I think when the word spreads that they do that, a lot more drives start poring in.

Seagate, Very bad quality and a very bad service, don't buy, period!

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Just curious

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The consumer grade version of that hdd has a 2 yr warranty.
If you got 3+ yrs of use and it failed why would you call Seagate?

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