News Burst: Faulty chips prompt hard disk recall

Storage specialist Western Digital has been forced to recall around 400,000 faulty hard drives from end-users, following the installation of a faulty batch of chips.

The company admitted that there were reliability issues with its WD Caviar 6.8GB-per-platter desktop hard drive series, which includes drives ranging in capacity from 6.4 to 20.5GB. The problem, revealed during long-term predictive lab testing, could cause the drives to fail to power up after six to 12 months of full-time use, it revealed.

Western Digital claims that the recall is a purely preventative measure, having received no complaints of lost data from users to date.

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