We've been experiencing a rather odd volume of Seagate Barracuda [7200.9 (80GB)] HDD failures that resulted in brown spots on the PCB (hence "burning").
These units come from machines running RAID1 and the HDD's also tend to heat up to the point where you can't hold the HDD with a bare human hand.
I'm trying to determine the source of this.
Is it Seagate's fault? The RAID controller? (even though the i/o is not overly intense for long durations) Something else?
What would cause a drive to burn itself out like that?