Seagate 1.5 TB failed

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Cave Man, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Well, major bummer. One of my 1.5 TB Seagate drives just failed. Under 1 month, so it's back for a replacement.

    Have I ever mentioned how important backups are? ;)
  2. macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004

    I've been kinda suspicious of these drives since reading about some firmware/streaming/Journaling problems. Also reading about a couple of failures, and that's alot of data to lose if someone doesn't have backups.

    Glad you did.

    Also, seeing them on sale today on the web for $136 with free shipping makes me think many retailers are trying to get rid of current inventory, and waiting for new drives with updated firmware.
  3. macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    I almost got a 1.5TB Segate drive for my iMac 2 months ago, then I thought about exactly what happened to you, so I got the 1TB drive - figured that one had the "bugs" worked out.

    Glad I did that now. Even if it is almost full just 2 months later. ;)
  4. macrumors 68000

    Jun 14, 2006
    San Fran
    you guys are not alone-in fact drobo and OWC have basically told their customers not to use the drives in their enclosures as they are causing issues.
  5. thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    That's a different problem. That issue has to deal with how external enclosures interact with the drive and OS X. My issue is that the drive simply failed. First Seagate drive I've owned that's died. I'm just glad I have everything backed up.
  6. macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
    Seagates been having serious issues with their drives lately. I just built a system with a 1TB drive and it crapped out in less than 5 days (PC couldn't see it all). They replaced it with a refurbished drive because it didn't die until 31 days after I bought it from newegg.

    The replacement drive keeps killing my Master Boot Partition. I finally have it sort of stable but I'll give it time.

    Do a search for the 1.5T drives and you'll see the issue is pretty widespread.

    Seagate used to be the premium drive company, but after seeing all the issues, I'm going to start looking elsewhere. Western Digital used to be the cheap versions, I'm starting to think WD is actually producing better stuff.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
  8. macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2008
    Yep. Stay away from those drives - they're bad news. I almost jumped on a couple when I saw them going for a GREAT price - well guess I know why the price was so great...
  9. macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    I have been using a 160GB WD Passport External HD.
    It is amazing and works wonders; never had a problem with it.
    Now I think I'm going to get a 1TB WD Desktop External HD since I ran out of space.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2006
    Seagate's support is terrible too. I've had 2 or 3 messages from their support saying they'll get the firmware to me quickly, and still I've received nothing. They even had the stupidity of upgrading their ticketing system during the fiasco - so they deleted everyone's support requests and account details. Even contacting them several times since then has failed to get me the new firmware.

    Mine is being collected by courier, the online shop I bought it from is giving me a full refund.

    I won't be buying seagate products again.
  11. macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    I wanted to get one of these drives and, after learning about the issues, had to content myself with buying a 1TB disk again, which is not ideal.
  12. macrumors 601


    Aug 29, 2006
    Always get a backup. Even if it's costly.
    The pain of learning the hard way is not worth it! Especially as the 1TB hard drives are coming down in price now. Have had Seagate drives go down, and Maxtor, WD and Lacie external drives all fail in the past. For Macs, the use of a Time Capsule with an external drive or an internal one in a caddy bolted on is v. worthwhile. Usually, for that amount of data, it's taken a long time to curate/create

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