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Yeah, there aren't many brands to choose from, I picked Samsung HD103UJ 1TB for internal and WD Mybook 2TB Mirror for external, just to spread my chances, without being loyal to one particular brand. Reading reviews didn't help, because for every happy customer, there's always a 1 star rating saying it died on them, and a suggestion to buy another brand, you go to check on other brand and they say the exact same thing, so.. Current Seagate 7200.11 line is clearly defective (this has also been confirmed in private conversation with someone from Seagate), other brands drives may fail, but from natural causes and on rare occasion.
SerialNumber:Model:P/N:Firmware:DateCode:SiteCode:PurchaseDate:FailedDate:USername:Country Origin ====================================================================== 9QM7VZBP:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09146 (09/Oct/2008):KRATSG:Oct2008:24Dec2008:poolcarpet:Malaysia 9QM6X90B:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09115 (17/Sep/2008):KRATSG:Oct2008:28Dec2008:DaftMule 9QM6W2JE:ST3500320AS: - :SD15: - : - :5Dec2008:19Dec2008:DerSnoezie: Netherlands (no detect in bios) 9QM4G4PK:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:08503 (16/Jun/2008):KRATSG:Aug2008:Nov2008:dskbrk 9QM3RWHJ:ST3500320AS:9BX154-568:SD81:08464 (20/May/2008):KRATSG:Aug2008:23Dec2008:ToKuRo:Chile (no detect in bios, reboot of death) 9QM7KSQJ:ST3500320AS:9BX154-501:SD15:09134 (30/Sep/2008):KRATSG:28Oct2008:07Jan2009:jeroen__online 9QM2MFS6:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:08406 (10/Apr/2008):KRATSG:12Apr2008:23Dec2008:quattro150:Malaysia 9QJ0XJ01:ST31000340AS:9BX158-303:SD15:08496 (12/Jun/2008):KRATSG:Aug/Sep2008:8Jan2009:Nichev 9QM717SF:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09114 (16/Sep/2008):KRATSG:13Oct2008:14Dec2008:PrOdiGy1 9QJ1LESR:ST31000340AS:9BX158-303:SD15:09063 (11/Ago/2008):KRATSG:Nov2008:27Dec2008:AVINNC 9QJ1AGEV:ST31000340AS:9BX158-303:SD15:08515 (2/Jul/2008):KRATSG:Aug2008:4Jan2009:Ruddrage 9QM6354J:ST3500820AS:9BX134-505:SD15:09084 (26/Ago/2008):KRATSG:July2008:20Dec2008:rainshower 9QM33FL8:STM3500320AS:9GT154-325:MX15:08396 (03/Abr/2008):KRTASG:Sep2008:30Dec2008:fabio.cillo 9QM*****:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:08367 (14/Mar/2008):KRATSG:Dec2007:Dec2008:Death_Angel:Malaysia 9QK*****:ST3750630AS:9BX146-621:HP24:08511 (21/Jun/2008):TK:Oct2008:7Jan2009:Taiketo 5QJ*****:ST1000340AS:9BX158-303:SD15:09121 (20/Sep/2008):WUXISG:October2008:28Dec2008:Styleman 9QM8DRHL:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15: - (13/Oct/2008):KRATSG:06Dec2008:24Dec2008:roadstarter 9QM6****:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09076 (21Aug2008):KRATSG:15Oct2008:29Dec2008:labraticmp3 9QM6****:ST3500320AS: - : SD15 - : - : Oct2008:2Jan2008:eli2k 9QM5****:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09063 (11/Ago/2008):KRATSG:6Nov2008:27Nov2008:poim76 9QM2CHR4:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:08382 (23/Mar/2008):KRATSG:August-08:Nov-Dec-08:caba212 9QJ15ZBN:ST31000340AS:9BX158-303:SD15:08496 (05/Jun/2008):KRATSG:July2008:26Dec2008:GrayGhost 9QM27S5F:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:08381:DEC 08:JAN 09: timha 9QJ0****:ST31000340AS:9BX158-303:SD15:08495:KRATSG:Oct2008:02Jan2009:viniciusferrao:Brazil 5QM1EYCG:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:08383:WUXISG:jUL2008:02Jan2009:waly2k1:Argentina (no detect in bios). Product of China 9QM5RCNT:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09063:KRATSG:JUL2008:25DEC2008:criverock:italy (no detect in bios). Product of Thailand 9QM*****:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09076 (21Aug2008):KRATSG:Oct2008:20Dec2008:sarahcoco(France):Product of Thailand 9QJ*****:ST31000340AS:9BX158-303:SD15:09104 (10/Oct/2008):KRATSG:3Jan2009:artpav Product of Thailand
Another st31000340as victim here, although I got my data recovered. I met the guy online, who swapped the data for me from faulty drive to a new one I gave him for a small fee. I wanted to ask him about details to help this discussion, but both times I met him, it was outside in freezing cold and so we couldn't talk for long, the only thing he said was to avoid 7200.11 series, and the fixed drive won't work for long before it locks with BSY signal again.