Seagate and WD reducing hard drive warranty periods

By on December 18, 2011
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Over the weekends both Western Digital and Seagate announced that they will be reducing the warranty periods on specific hard drive models from next year onward.

First off, Western Digital has said that from 2nd January 2012, all Caviar Green, Caviar Blue and Scorpio Blue drives will have their warranty reduced from 3 to 2 years. Caviar Black and Scorpio Black, along with VelociRaptors will continue to have the existing 5 years warranty period.

Obviously there will be a time int he next couple of months where the market will have the Caviar Green, Blue and Scorpio Blue with both 3 and 2 year warranty periods. If you want to confirm the warranty period on your drive, just check out WD’s support page.

Meanwhile Seagate has also told retail partners that warranty on many of their hard drives will also carry reduced warranties. From 31st December 2011, most of the hard drives that carried 5 years warranty has been reduced to 3, and those with 3 years down to 2 and in some cases 1 year only.

The Seagate Barracuda XT, Momentus XT and Constellation 2 drives will all now carry 3 years warranty instead of 5. The Pipeline HD series has 2 years of warranty and the Barracuda, Barracuda Green and Momentus drives will now carry 1 year of warranty instead of 3.

We have contacted both Western Digital and Seagate to get confirmation on whether these reduced warranties apply to the Middle Market as well or not, and will update the article as soon as we get confirmation.


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