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January 26, 2009

Seagate Drives

This is why I don’t buy Seagate hard drives.  Some of their recent hard drives had bugs in the firmware, which made the drives useless. Seagate released a firmware patch, but the problem is that the patch pretty much “bricks” some 500 gig drives.

I guess you could say I’ve always tried to avoid Seagate drives. Back in the days of 10 megabyte drives, the were bad to have a problem called “stiction”. The head would accumulate dust on it, and when you powered down the drive, that dust on the head would stick to the platter. Then when you turned the drive back on, the platter wouldn’t turn. You’d have to turn it off and on a couple of times to dislodge the junk from the platter.

Obviously they haven’t had that problem in a long time, but it goes to show you how one or two bad experiences with a product can shape your opinion of the company for years.

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