Western Digital roept 400.000 harddisks terug. Het gaat om enkele 5400rpm modelletjes die tussen 27 augustus en afgelopen vrijdag het levenslicht zagen. Hier wat info uit een nieuwsartikel van EETimes:
Western Digital Corp. is recalling nearly half a million hard disk drives because a faulty chip might cause failures as the drives age. WD did not name the chip supplier.
The unusual move came after WD's testing process revealed that after six to 12 months, the drives might not power up due to problems with a chip from an outside supplier. The roughly 400,000 drives were made between Aug. 27 and Sept. 24. The recall is only for recently-introduced 6.8 G-bytes/platter versions of the firm's Caviar line, which is used extensively in PCs. No other WD drives are involved in the recall, the firm said. The Caviar line is sold to OEMs, resellers and retailers.
In a conference call, WD executives did not name the chip supplier. However, Chief Operating Officer Russell Stern explained that "This is a motor driver for the spindle and the voice coil positioner. We are single-sourced for this part, but there are multiple fab locations. The problems are tied to one fab location." [break] Western Digital heeft een pagina online gegooid met meer info over de falende drives: [/break] During extensive quality testing procedures, Western Digital has identified a hardware issue that affects a very specific group of WD Caviar 5400 RPM EIDE hard drives. This issue could cause the hard drives to fail to power-up after six to 12 months of full-time use. The affected drives were manufactured between August 27, 1999 and September 24, 1999 and range in capacity from 6.4 GB to 20.5 GB. None of Western Digital's WD Expert, WD Enterprise, and WD Performer hard drives are affected.
As part of our ongoing commitment to quality, we are providing a drive utility that identifies the affected WD Caviar hard drives. Even though this issue affects a small number of WD Caviar drives, we highly recommend that you test your drive using this utility.
Affected Model Numbers:
There is no need to test any model other than those listed above.
Het testproggie kun je hier gaan halen.