I bought a Seagate 200GB about a month ago. I use it mainly for video storage and playback. Files are no greater than 80MB. I have about 10GB worth of Videos (Mostly Music) It worked perfect (super fast transfer and playback) for the first 2 weeks. Then all of a sudden (ie. I changed nothing with the PC) when playing back files they would skip and play very choppy and transfer s would slow down to about 20 minutes to move an 80MB file from it to my internal HD.
So I emailed Seagate, He said it could be a physical problem because their online tests detected nothing and neither did chkdsk or defrag or even a full re format made a difference. Therefore he recommended that I try it in another computer - So i did in my mate's laptop except this time through Firewire instead of USB 2.0.
Finally - I thought I had cracked it. It was super fast again and flawlessly playing files for an hour. So I copied over a few gig to it to see if the transfer s were right. They were (for a few miutes) Then they suddenly dropped again and back came the choppy/skippy playback and dead slow transfer rates.
I emailed him again tonight with my findings and I await his reply
I have googled my problem and it seems that there is a worldwide problem with Seagate's external hard drive's not just particularly my 200GB Model
What can I do - Im pulling my hair out - I need advice. Someone Please Help - What Are My Options?
Thanks in Advance