Seagate profit from Thailand Floods
Seagate seem to be doing well. Production has barely dropped compared with other manufacturers, yet the prices are still high. As usual we have been seeing plenty of the high capacity 1TB Freeagent drives in. Typically with a spindle motor seizure. That and plenty of the 500GB 7200.12 CC38 and CC44 firmware drives.
These disks tend to read normally when look read ahead is turned on. This sort of problem tends to relate to a fault with the buffer. Which with the right equipment can be turned off and a full recovery can be made.