Toshiba 2.5 laptop HD... Potential Class Action Lawsuit
I bought a 12 inch PowerBook 26 months ago. My 40 Gig drive died... literally came to a loud, Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrinding halt! Lost ALL the data ( I did have a backup from two weeks before...).
I did some research.... seems that Toshiba 2.5 HDs are the drive of choice by Apple. Some people have gone through three drives in less than a year. This is not normal drive wear and tear.
IF YOU HAD YOUR HARD DRIVE DIE IN YOUR LAPTOP... I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
I am looking at establishing a class action lawsuit here against Apple/Toshiba for putting in inferior quality hard drives. There is precedent for this, but each province that has class action legislation needs to have at least TWO people register with a class action legal firm, in order to see about a truly national class action taking place that will allow all Canadians who purchased Apple laptops in good faith to be reimbursed for their trouble.
Currently Apple is involved in over 10 class actions, and one of them is a Canadian one for iPods.
IF you have had problems with your laptop hard drive it is likely a Toshiba one. Even if you had a warranty and lost your hard drive you can still be involved in a law suit and its settlement.
Class Action lawsuits do not cost you money. The law exists to protect people like consumers from this kind of disregard for what we paid good money to purchase.
Toshiba drives are among the most popular on the market. Did you at any point believe that this may be nothing other than hardware failure? The drive is over two years old. Being in a laptop makes the drive more succeptable to failure.
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Yea I had a drive fail on me on my powerbook, but warrenty covered it and my drives been fine ever since, the new one is a Hitachi. No idea what the first one was. But I don't know that I'd be willing to sue Apple over it. So far so good, can't complain.
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For any drive to die in two years is not acceptable risk. I have had Macs since 88 and this is a first for me, including 7 desktops, and two laptops. If it is a hardware problem with Apple, this makes it even worse. But to have multiple people have their Toshiba drives die on multiple occasions on Apple laptops... that is not acceptable. Either way, it is Toshiba or Apple, and hardware problems doesn't validate that it is OK for a drive to die in 24 months.
If it's any consolation I'm presently on my 4th Toshiba hard drive in my 12" PB. (Just over 2 years old now) It's starting to exhibit the extremely early symptoms I got with the other drives before they failed (early as in it has changed noise tone and stays that way for several months before the change where it starts to fail). The perk? I should be able to get a replacement when it dies. If it didn't work so hard and well when it wasn't dieing I think I'd be annoyed.
I had a hard drive replaced in my PowerBook 12" under warranty. So did my wife in her iBook. That's what warranties are for. My brother had 2 hard drives die in his Dell Notebook out of warranty. I've seen plenty of hard drives die in all manner of PCs and Macs in my years.
Sure it sucks when hard drives die, but that's a fact of life in the computer world. If you want to start a class action lawsuit against Apple and/or Toshiba because you've had ONE hard drive fail, then so be it, but most Canadians are critical of Americans for wanting to sue for every little thing.
Know what I think. I think THIS is why we pay so much for things these days. Everyeone is out to sue everyone else for every little thing and guess who ends up paying in the end. Me, you and everyone else you know.
Your on a Mac enthusiast website looking for people to come on board with your lawsuit against apple. Thats like going to a peta convention and asking for help killing your puppy. (not that I support peta... just the only example I could come up with)
Everytime someone sues for something stupid like a faulty harddrive the company is forced to recover their losses. Apple has done a great job of working their prices DOWN over the past few years to the point where I think we could all agree they are actually affordable in real world terms. I wont support anyone who puts the affordability of my favourite toys in jeopardy.
Ive had my fair share of broken bits and pieces in my equipment. I dont pay for extended warranties and it has come back to bite me on occasion. However, when a hard drive goes (I had a combo drive in my I book go, I know that hardware failure is inconvenient) you cant just sue the company. Have you even tried to contact apple about a replacement. Maybe they know about the problem and will help you out. Go to the Applestore. They are really helpful there. Who knows, maybe they'll replace it for free. Even if they dont, your computer is 2 years old. Stop sniffeling and buy a new drive, pay Macdoc to install it, problem solved.