The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Some MacBook Drives Suspected of Fatal Design Flaw

Some MacBook Drives Suspected of Fatal Design Flaw

by , 4:20 PM EDT, November 2nd, 2007

Investigators are looking at a possible design flaw in some Seagate hard drives found in MacBooks and MacBook Pros, according to Techworld on Friday. The problems leads to catastrophic data loss.

The problem is suspected with Seagate 2.5-inch SATA drives made in China and loaded with firmware version 7.01. Model numbers affected include ST96812AS and ST98823AS. The read/write head can detach and cause a catastrophic failiure of the drive and loss of all data.

"There is absolutely, definitely a flaw with these drives," said Duncan Clark, the managing director of Retrodata in the UK. "I have seen enough to know there is a problem with them ... any Apple Mac that uses a 2.5 inch drive is at risk."

While the number of reported instances is still small, and Mr. Clark conceded that one would need to see several hundred or thousand drives fail in this way to be sure of a design flaw, the problem reports are still being looked at carefully.

Also, it is not clear if the problem is related to Macs shipped only to the UK or worldwide. In any case, MacBook owners would be wise to check their drive models and be sure their daily backup procedures are firmly in place.

Recent Headlines - Updated October 22nd

Tue,8:51 PM
GTAT Announces ‘Amicable Parting’ of Ways with Apple
6:50 PM
How I Came to Own and Sell a TAM Probably Owned by Jony Ive
5:01 PM
Adobe KnowHow: Learn Photography From The Best for $29.99
4:49 PM
How To Get Ready For iOS 8.1 [Update]
2:59 PM
Chuck La Tournous and Chris Breen to Speak at NJMUG’s 30th Anniversary Tuesday
2:24 PM
Don’t Upgrade to Yosemite or iOS 8.1 Before You Read This Column
2:06 PM
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-21
12:29 PM
How Apple Pay Mitigates Breach Fatigue
10:50 AM
How to Enable Apple’s SMS Relay on your Mac or iPad
9:43 AM
Apple Earnings Smackdown Ranks Analyst Predictions
Mon,9:52 PM
Apple Q4 Earnings Sliced And Diced
8:21 PM
Apple Q4 MacBook Sales Hit Record Breaking Numbers, Jump 25 Percent
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!