Seagate faces class action lawsuit in California over high failure rate of 3TB hard drives

by Jay Pate

Seagate Technologies is facing a class action lawsuit over problems with its 3TB hard drives. The lawsuit, filed recently in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that the Seagate Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive and Seagate Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive models fail at an unusually high rate compared to other hard drive models.

The allegations in the lawsuit against Seagate are based primarily on data from the online backup provide Backblaze, which found that 32% of Seagate models involved in the class action that were deployed in 2012 had failed by 2015. Backblaze says that only 68% of the Seagate 3TB drives were still operational after three years, well below the company’s average of 80% after four years. The lawsuit also cites more than 700 negative reviews of the Barracuda hard drive that were posted on the website as evidence of the poor performance of Seagate’s hard disk drives.

The lawsuit against Seagate says that the company’s 3TB hard disk drives were marketed by the company “as an engineering triumph and a `major milestone for the hard drive industry’ and `as having a `host of refined technologies to further boost performance.’” However, the lawsuit alleges that these hard drives are actually “defective and failed prematurely at spectacularly – and in many respects unprecedentedly – high rates.”

The plaintiff who filed the lawsuit at the heart of the class action against Seagate alleges that he purchased a Seagate Backup Plus drive in 2012, which failed in 2014. Because the drive was still under its two year warranty, Seagate sent a replacement; however, this drive failed less than a year later. The lawsuit alleges that because of the high failure rate of Seagate’s hard drives, the company’s warranty and replacement program was not an effective solution to address the problems with these products.

Consumers who purchased the Seagate Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive or Seagate Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive may be eligible to join the class action lawsuit against Seagate. Attorneys say that owners of the Seagate 3TB drives involved in the California class action may be entitled to recover the replacement cost of their drives, as well as damages for the loss of their data and expenses related to data recovery.

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by Jay Pate

John “Jay” Pate is a licensed attorney who focuses his practice on complex tort litigation involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and product liability cases.