Do you have a Macbook with a Seagate hard drive inside? If so, your data might be at risk. A U.K data recovery firm called Retrodata has reported that some Seagate 2.5" drives inside the MacBook and MacBook Pro have a design flaw that could cause the read/write head to physically scratch the platter and lead to data damage.
When contacted about the problem, Apple responded with "We’ve received a few reports that some MacBook consumer notebooks may have hard drive issues, and we’re looking into it." Leave it to Apple to be incredibly vague with the press.
If you want to know if your MacBook is using a Seagate drive, check the firmware revision in the System Profiler. If you get a 7.01, you need to back up your computer and, according to Retrodata, consider getting a new hard drive.
It is unclear whether this same drive might post a risk in other, non-Apple products.
Thanks to Tom, at One More Thing, for the story.
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