More than 20 users have posted to a thread on Seagate’s official Community Forums reporting that their 1 TB 7200 RPM Seagate Barracuda desktop drives have failed. The drives failed soon after purchase, from as little as 2 weeks to as long as seven months; several users reported the problem to be the drive becoming undetectable to the BIOS. Users reporting failed drives on the thread also said the drives had been manufactured in Thailand.
Freezing problems were previously reported for the 1.5 TB version of the 7200.11. Seagate issued a firmware fix for those drives in late November.
Seagate officials did not comment when contacted by Storage Soup today.
UPDATE–Please see the comments section below for a response about a firmware fix from Seagate.