Do you have a Seagate Hard Drive – Then they Probably Owe you Money

seagate-hard-drive If you have a Seagate hard drive in your Home Server or in one of your client machines then Seagate Technology LLC have agreed to settle a lawsuit, if it gets approved on February 7, 2008 by offering customers who purchased a hard drive from the company during the last six years a cash refund or free backup and recovery software.

It’s all because Seagate’s use of the decimal definition of the storage capacity term “gigabyte” (GB), whereby 1GB equals 1 billion bytes, this is misleading to consumers because computer operating systems instead report hard drive capacity using a binary definition of GB, whereby 1GB equals 1, 073, 741, 824 bytes – a difference of approximately 7% from Seagate’s figures.

So, if you have bought a Seagate brand hard disk drive between March 22, 2001 and December 31, 2005 then you have the right to submit an online claim form and if it ends up getting approved you’ll receive 5% cash back on the purchase price of the drive or free backup and recovery software as long as you claim by March 10, 2008. The disk drive maker sold approximately 6.2 million retail hard drives in the U.S during this period, so they could be paying out a lot of money.

To qualify for the cash payment, the hard drives must have been bought before January 1, 2006 and will require the serial number for each drive or proper documentation. If your drive was purchased between January 1, 2006 and September 26, 2007 then you are only eligible to submit an online claim for free backup and recovery software. A separate claim must be made for each individual hard drive purchased and will require a documentary proof of purchase, the specified hard drive name and model number, the amount paid, the date of purchase and the name of the merchant. The drives must have been purchased in the U.S. from an authorized Seagate retailer or distributor, separately as a Seagate product that was not preinstalled onto and bundled with a PC or any other type of electronic device.

Source: Computer World

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