New poster, but old HDD user, with some knowledge.
I just came over from a discussion that we have at Seagates forum trying to figure out if there is a design problem that could potentially lead to malfunction and data loss on Seagate 1TB platter drives.
In few words: a lot of user noticed a strange sound coming randomly out of the drives: a "chirp" noise that would make the LOAD_CYCLE_COUNT SMART attribute rise.
As some found out it's probably the APM fuction of the HDD (as OS independent) that parks the disk heads when no disk activity is requested.
It's a "feature" that is turning out being very annoying and as the LOAD_CYCLE_COUNT is rapidly increasing, the "normal" 200.000 cycles a HDD is designed to resist is rapidly reached.
As we don't know exactly how many drives are affected (a user suggested that ALL drives with advanced power management functions are affected) we are looking for new inputs and experiences.
Seagate is appearently "investigating the case", but no official statement so far.
Feel free to to share your thoughts.