Rumor Mill: Did Seagate reduce to 1 year warranty because these drives will fail quicker? I have bought Seagate for 20+ years because they stand by their products with longer warranty. I'm very disappointed to find out Seagate now only give 1 year warranty on their drives. Make me wonder if they know their newer drives are not as reliable as before? Maybe due to their rush to rebuild their factories in Thailand after the flood.
I probably should start looking elsewhere (like WD and Hitachi for my next set of RAID volumes).
This is just my opinion, but I think more people are actively returning defective drives, and seeing an increase in return rate probably moved towards a shorter warranty period to keep costs lower. Higher capacity drives are also much more affordable than before, but I don't know if this actually makes them more/less error prone.