08-02-2012 12:27 PM
I've used Seagate drives for a long time. However over the past 2 years I have had to RMA 3 different products. Recently a less than 6 months old 1.5 Terabyte drive is having issues. WIth very little use it has already reallocated 72 sectors. It frequently seems to go offline and click a few times before returning to service. I've run both Seatools (Windows + DOS) and it passes both long and short tests. My problem is I basically don't trust the drive. While it doesn't qualify for RMA (yet), I don't really like having a marginal drive in my system. I need my computer to be reliable and regardless of testing I just don't trust this drive. What do you do in this case - replace with a different vendor and just put the drive in storage. What and when would you ever want to use a drive with that many reallocated sectors.
For now I've switched the drive out and just put a "Suspect" sticker on it. Not looking for any answers just posting to vent at having a new drive become defective so quickly after being put in service.