Which says to me either you, your supplier, or both are mishandling drives.
Me absolutely not, I treat every hard drive as its my own. As for the suppliers, I have seen 3 extreme examples of the supplier being moronic, fist one was when I was working for a PC sales company and they had a dire returns rate at one point - it turns out that a forklift driver in the warehouse had dropped an entire pallet of drives - the failure rate was in the region of 50% in just a few months.
The second one was when we ordered about 20 drives in one go, the failure rate was over 30% inside 1-month, we returned an additional 5+ of the drives and we hadn't even unwrapped them.
Lastly, I was working for an IT company up London a bit over a year ago and a distributor sent 4x 3TB Hitachi server grade drives wrapped in thin plastic, no other packaging at all, unsurprisingly 2 of the 4 HDD's were DOA, very surprisingly when asked for those 4 HDD's to be replaced the distributor did the same thing again - the Distributor destroyed £2,400 worth of HDD's because of a total lack of packaging.
As for those specific Seagate HDD's that were all junk - it was the entire 7200.11 HDD range + other models with different names, a total of 30-models all affected with the same screwy firmware issue, some models were affected far more than others, but each and every one of them had the risk of destroying all of your data without warning, they were specifically useless in a RAID array which is how I first discovered the problem.http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/new ... es-failinghttp://www.techpowerup.com/82331/seagat ... rives.html
3-months after Seagate started shipping these drives, Seagate finally did the right thing and admitted the problem existed and issued a firmware upgrade.
This was a mixed blessing for me and my business, the bad is that some of our customers lost data when drives failed and we had to pick up the pieces which cost the business money. The good is that we had drives turning up over the next several years with the bad firmware which generated us business, the other good thing is that we forced our suppliers to take back drives that the Seagate test tool said were OK before Seagate issued the firmware fix.
Needless to say when this first happened we stopped using Seagate desktop HDD's entirely and moved over to Samsung which were proven to be far more reliable, however we discovered that Seagate laptop drives were more reliable than Samsung laptop drives because we were supplying both at the same time, since then we have used nothing but WD drives for the last 2+ years and have been very happy with their reliability, and as such have no intention of switching brands until there is a compelling reason to do so.
I worked with guys who built PCs every day since 286 clones just came along, and they couldn't build a machine to save their lives. Bashing the drives around, motherboards not half screwed in, DIMMs in the wrong slots, underspecified PSUs, etc. I wouldn't use one of their PCs to hold open the door.
I have seen a lot of those over the years, and that is one of the reasons why we are so picky and refuse to price match anyone because we take time and care when picking components and time and care when building PC's - for a few years we were selling PC's with a 2-year warranty as standard because the reliability rate was so high, and at no real cost to the business because most of the components had a 3-year warranty anyway.
I cannot stand people who cobble a PC together from the cheapest available parts they are asking for trouble, and boy have I got some stories of stupidity. The first one that comes to mind is a guy who has got £500+ worth of components and an unbranded "600W" PSU (so actually a 300W PSU with a sticker that tells lies). The PSU of course took out the motherboard and graphics card when it blew costing the guy £300 because he used a £25 PSU rather than a £50 - £80 model so his net loss was £245 compared to buying an £80 quality PSU.