One of Seagate’s recently popular hard drive models—at the consumer and enterprise level—is the ST3000DM001 3TB hard drive. It seems that many users in different usage realms—desktop environments as well as server environments—have reported problems with the drives failing faster than expected causing data loss and overall servicing headaches.
FWIW, this does not seem to be a simple case of a few proverbial “bad eggs” in the batch; unexpected failures of ST3000DM001 model drives seem to be the rule rather than the exception.
For example—to better understand the scope/depth of this issue—cloud backup storage site Backblaze posted a very detailed analysis on their experiences dealing with Seagate ST3000DM001 3TB hard drives in their storage facilities and the results are far from pretty; bold emphasis is mine:
Beginning in January 2012, Backblaze deployed 4,829 Seagate 3TB hard drives, model ST3000DM001, into Backblaze Storage Pods. In our experience, 80% of the hard drives we deploy will function at least 4 years. As of March 31, 2015, just 10% of the Seagate 3TB drives deployed in 2012 are still in service. This is the story of the 4,345 Seagate 3TB drives that are no longer in service.
So what can be done by someone who purchased a Seagate ST3000DM001 3TB to replace—or be compensated—for the failed hard drive and perhaps pursue deeper data loss damages if they are applicable?