Apple recalls 1TB Seagate HDDs
May fail, apparently
Apple is recalling a "very small number" of Seagate-made internal 1TB hard drives fitted in 21.5in and 27in iMacs sold earlier this year.
The machines shipped between May and July. Some of the drives have failed, prompting the recall.
Apple said it will replace the drives free of charge, though you'll have to take your machine in, and you do need to back up all your data first.
There's a page on Apple's website with more details.
Seagate drives on Macs have come under fire before, most notably in 2007 when China-made Seagate 2.5in HDDs were found by UK data recovery service Retrodata to hava a significantly higher failure rate than similar products from other suppliers.
And you are backed by which data? I have two 2 TB Seagate drives and they are fine. I had WDs and IBMs and Maxtors, and Seagate as well failing on me. In my opinion, they are all at about 3-5% failure rate per year. I have no hard data though. Again, care to show yours?
It doesn't seem to matter what brand you buy or fit, someone will have had one die and complain about it. Some complained on forums about Apple fitting Western Digital drives before now.
It's rarely the magnetic surface that fails (except in the infamous IBM glass platter drives), so if the data is still there then I believe the manufacturer should be made responsible for data recovery!
Manufacturer responsible for recovery? The customer responsible for backups. If you're operating something which can is does fail, regularly, you need to have something to mitigate that failure.
I do have sympathy for people who loose everything when HDDs die, but it's hardly a situation that they couldn't have prevented.
What about the consumer that wants to pay the least amount for the drive? They could spend the extra money and get enterprise grade rather than a consumer model. Their decision was based upon price.
Apple backup charlie delta...
"...you'll have to take your machine in, and you do need to back up all your data first."
That's *before* the disk fails, one presumes?