Seagate, Western Digital Drop Hard Drive Warranties

Hard drive manufacturers are slashing warranties on their products, dropping some lines from five years to just one year.

Last week, Western Digital announced that it would be dropping the warranty period on its Caviar Blue, Caviar Green, and Scorpio Blue drives from three years to two - and it's now been joined by Seagate, which is announcing even harsher cuts of its own.

According to The Register, Seagate is to drop the warranty on its Constellation 2 and ES.2 drives from five years to three, on its Barracuda and Barracuda Green drives from five years to just one, on its Barracuda XT from five years to three years, on its Momentus 2.5-inch laptop drives from five years to one year, and on its Momentus XT from five years to three.

Seagate claims that the changes have been made in order to "be more consistent with those commonly applied throughout the consumer electronics and technology industries," but this will come as little consolation to those who had grown used to the support offered by a five-year warranty on their storage devices.