The Barracuda 7200.11 1TB drive fails at boot time with a firmware error that locks the drive and makes it inoperable. Laughably, when the unit is returned, Seagate replaces it with the same model. The Register also suggests that you could pay Seagate twice by using its i365 company to recover the data before replacing the unit.
There are (according to other Tech Digest writers) all sorts of jokes one could make about getting hold of something dodgy in Patpong (the drives are made in Thailand), but I’ll leave that to your imagination. In the meantime, perhaps it would be as well to ensure that you’ve got your data backed up on something other than a Barracuda.
(Via The Register)