QUOTE(darkskies @ Mar 16 2017, 09:48 PM)
It wasn't just seagate. Seems to me western digital was screwing up as well. Their blue and green series seems to be a junk series that have been rma very frequently. After 1 years sharp, it'll die. Some last till 2 years mark and fail very punctually. Nice strategy of western digital to be calculative to make you dump your hdd after 2years.
This seems to be a joint collaboration strategy made by western digital and seagate because Harddisk price fell like dirt cheap. In order to secure their revenue, they made rainbow color and gothic names model with different price range. But nicely, none of the harddisk will ever survive past a legendary 10 years mark. You pay RM100-200 with a bigger space gb, it'll bound to fail after 1-2 years. You pay 200-300 ,it'll fail after 3-4 years. You pay 300-500 , it'll fail after 7 years. The manufacturers such as seagate and western digital knows that nowadays, it's hard for everyone to live without 1 tb. It's a common storage numbers. So in order have free flow of money coming into their company, they design their hdd to die after certain cycle of useage.
If what you mention was really happening , does a big company like Cloud storage earing ?
Eg , 1TB for google drive per year.Most part will be raid as for cloud storage which it'll be 1+1TB or 2 hard drive.If it tend to fail within 1-2 years sharp the cost of earning will be lower.
Surely there are some extra stuff which I didn't add in example power consume , maintenance , security and etc.
Hard disk maybe in a better warranty state + contract with hard disk OEM.
I am not too good in understanding on HDD hopefully someone will explain more in deep.