c|net News reports that Apple is investigating reports of problems with some MacBook Seagate 2.5" hard drives. We noted this issue came up a few weeks ago, but this is the first report that Apple was looking into this potential problem.
The issue is said to affect Seagate hard drives with firmware revision 7.01 (you can check this under System Profiler). The problem relates to a manufacturing flaw where the drive heads scratch the disc surface, causing data loss. Some earlier PowerBooks and iBooks employed similar drives, but do not have the manufacturing flaw and use a much earlier revision of the firmware.
Keep an eye on this one, if you have one of the affected drives. If it's in warranty, back up and replace. If not, watch this space as warranty extension program may appear. And back it up anyway.
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