Hard Drive Failure Soundboard Guarantees Debilitating Flashbacks

Data recovery service Datacent »11/12/08 8:30am11/12/08 8:30am has put together an of recordings of popular hard drives failing. This might sound pretty boring, but it isn't just bunch of typical of heartbreakers — a lot of these sounds are downright bizarre. Who knew that Maxtor drives play a song when their spindles fail? Or that failing Hitachi…

Question of the Day: Which Hard Drives Have Crashed On You?

Today when I wrote up a WD RAID drive, the comment boxes were flooded with WD gripes. The funny thing is, the reverse happened when we wrote about Seagate a while ago. And Buchanan won't shut up about Hitachi's infamous "Death Star" drives. Are all drives equally prone to fail, or are there some makers who get it… »6/18/08 3:00pm6/18/08 3:00pm

Maxtor BlackArmor Portable HD Looks Like Area 51 Gear, Locks Your Data Down Just as Tight

The Goods: Maxtor's BlackArmor portable hard drive differentiates itself from other portable HDs—a market already crowded with schway-looking options—by being a data security badass, the most hardcore of any external storage. It uses gov't-grade AES encryption at the hardware level, so everything on the drive is… »1/06/08 9:00pm1/06/08 9:00pm

Seagate Fingers Hard-Drive Poisoning Employee, Hardens Prevention Measures (Full Story)

Earlier this week, we shared breaking news about Seagate selling 1,800 Trojan-horse-infected Maxtor hard drives at retail. I checked in with the company to learn the details, and see if they busted the perp. The official word: »11/17/07 10:30am11/17/07 10:30am

But accident, schmaccident: Seagate is taking some severe prevention measures to keep this…

SentrySafe Fireproof Waterproof USB HDD Housings Save Your Data (Not You) From Armageddon

SentrySafe has made safes for 70 years, but now they've teamed with Seagate/Maxtor to make hard-drive housings that withstand up to 1550degrees Fahrenheit for a half hour, and "full" 24-hour water submersion. Some like the Fire-Safe/Waterproof 80GB and 160GB ($320) drives are freestanding units that house 2.5"… »11/13/07 8:57pm11/13/07 8:57pm

Seagate Accidentally Shipped 1,800 Trojan-Horse Tainted Drives

Roughly 1,800 external drives manufactured by Seagate were infected with a Trojan horse virus that sent personal information back to China, according to the Taipei Times. The disk drives, sold at retail in Taiwan, were presumably messed with when they were in the possession of one of Seagate's Chinese subcontractors.… »11/13/07 11:06am11/13/07 11:06am

Leopard Disk Utility Format Issue Screws With Time Machine (But There's An Easy Fix)

Click to viewThe bad news is, we have discovered a Leopard-related issue that may very well throw a monkey wrench into your Time Machine. Anyone trying to use Time Machine with a previously PC-formatted drive could be at risk. The good news is, there is an easy—albeit none-too-obvious—fix. Here's the dilly-o: »10/30/07 12:00am10/30/07 12:00am

New Maxtor OneTouch 4 Drives Are Metallic, Sexy, Storage-y

Seagate's Maxtor OneTouch line is getting an upgrade, with three new models in the OneTouch 4 series: OneTouch 4 ($100 for 250GB, $170 for 500GB, $270 for 750GB), OneTouch 4 Plus ($130 for 250GB up to $360 for 1TB) and the OneTouch 4 Mini ($100 for 80GB, $120 for 120GB and $150 for 160GB). Besides looking all serious… »9/06/07 11:25am9/06/07 11:25am

Dealzmodo: 300GB External Hard Drive, $130 Out-the-door

Okay, I know, I know. I've been filling up these Dealzmodos with mail-in-rebates lately, so I decided I would divert away from that and find a solid deal without any BS mail-in-rebates. I found one for an external hard drive, but unfortunately the hard drive is a Maxtor. Honestly, I've never had a problem with Maxtor… »9/20/06 11:50am9/20/06 11:50am