Yes, it was ST3000DM001. A bunch of them died over a few weeks at my job, nearly taking a 6 drive RAID with them. As soon as a drive went down, we got a replacement under warranty, and I rebuilt the RAID. The only problem was that the warranty replacement drives were just as short lived as the original drives.
I don’t remember exactly how many times I rebuilt that RAID, at some point it started to blur together. Then one day, the drives started dying faster than I could rebuild the RAID, and we lost a lot of data. Not super-critical data, but we did store it for a reason. So I said to myself, getting these drives replaced under warranty is doing us exactly zero good. It a massive waste of time, and a big risk, and an avoidable one at that.
At this point in time, Seagate still did not acknowledge that there was a problem with these drives. Actually, I’m not sure that they ever did.
So anyway, we ate the loss, took the Seagate drives out of operation, and bought WD drives to replace them. We were a pretty small business at the time, so it was a noticable financial loss on top of the data loss, but we did not exactly have a choice.
Maybe one of the WD drives failed almost immediately, I’m actually not sure. Because if it happened, it was not a big deal, it was a one time event, and we were more than prepared for that.
All of our WD drives are going strong to this day. Well, at least I think they are. I haven’t gotten any alerts, and in the last few years we have moved all the important data to the cloud anyway, so I haven’t felt the need to check their SMART status for many weeks now.
I’m actually not dealing with many more drives than you. The problem was that in a 6 drive setup, we had significantly more than 6 drives in total fail over a relatively short period of time. It was utterly ridiculous, and Seagate didn’t even acknowledge that there was anything out of the ordinary.
I don’t need that kind of BS in my life, I don’t want that kind of BS in my life, and I’m simply not having any of it. Screw that. Even if Seagate makes completely passable drives today, I just don’t care. I will happily pay 20% more for a drive just to get a different logo on it. And if it makes me sleep a little better at night (which it does), then all the better.