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Sunday, December 9th, 2007, 12:14 am

Say Goodbye to Seagate?

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I truly hate to be the one who complains about companies rather than praise some. Seagate’s Windows-centric mind and biases, however, have gone a little too far. It was only months ago that Seagate joined something that appeared like Windows Vista promotion. But now come the articles which speak about Mac and GNU/Linux discrimination.

Seagate has many more issues. They preformat their external drives with a Windows filesystem. This leads to interoperability issues with a local drives that use a Linux filesystem and the drive sometimes ‘hangs up’ on Linux (this aligns with the experiences mentioned in the new article, which is cited above). I bought my way into this Seagate mess 2 years ago (300GB), but the Maxtor one I bought this year is much better (not preformatted either).

GNU/Linux users ought to just skip Seagate and move on to another shelf, so to speak. The salesman told me that Seagate had higher error rates as well (honest assessment based on what he had read, not just on-the-spot FUD). Things have changes; so should Seagate.

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