Originally Posted by killeraxemannic
well heres my 2c take it for what it's worth...
I have a friend who was a temp for segate. He worked in their facility here in longmont CO. He says after working for them for 4 months he saw just how awful their quality control was. He would never buy another segate drive after working there.
Interesting fact... A segate 320gb drive is just a 500 gb drive with one failed platter out of the box. You could say the same for their weird numbered drives.... 750 GB etc.
Also he said that when he worked there about 1/8 of the drives that came new off the line failed completely. His job was testing drives before they were sold. If it was a 500GB with one bad platter he would label it as a 320 and disable one platter etc.
end of my 2C
The failed platter relabling is no different than what AMD does with tri and dual core processors. If they make a quadcore processor, and it has one defective core, they disable it and sell it as a tri-core. If two die, they sell it as a dual core.
As long as the manufacturer is willing to back up their products with a warranty, why should you care if the 320GB HDD you bought is really a 500GB HDD with a dead platter?