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Lawyers gather an army of dissatisfied SMR drives to march on war on Western Digital


It seems that Western Digital and its Seagate and Toshiba colleagues are on the verge of being sued in the case of concealing the technical details of SMR discs. In April, it became clear that manufacturers of hard drives do not indicate in the marketing or technical descriptions of the characteristics of the HDD the use of recording technology with overlapping tracks. The most criticized was WDC, which recommended SMR drives for use in NAS.

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According to our colleagues from Tom’s Hardware website, law firm Hattis & Lukacs from Bellevue, Washington, has opened a registration on its website for those wishing to participate in a class action lawsuit against Western Digital. The lawsuit will be filed under the pretext of shipments of slow hard drives with SMR technology, including shipments in the WD Red family for NAS. With a high degree of probability it can be expected that there will be those who wish to participate in a class action lawsuit against Western Digital.

Among the manufacturers of hard drives, Western Digital was the only company that dared to use SMR recording in HDD for network storage systems. Perhaps this will protect against similar claims by Seagate and Toshiba, although they also acted ugly, not indicating the presence of SMR technology in certain HDD models.

As Tom’s Hardware found out, using WDC SMR disks in four-disk NASs increased the recovery time of arrays from 13 to 16 times. This can play a decisive and negative role in maintaining the integrity of digital archives. Meanwhile, WDC did not indicate such a possibility, hiding that some of its NAS-HDDs use SMR technology.

Also, according to Tom’s Hardware, the WDC has begun replacing SMR disks with regular perpendicular discs, but it does so selectively. Such a practice will certainly leave dissatisfied, so the initiative of a law firm with a class action against the manufacturer promises to turn into a real lawsuit.

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