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(Reuters)   Maxtor deletes 900 employees, defrags workforce   (today.reuters.com) divider line 85
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2006-04-04 07:36:23 PM
but they still make crappy drives right???
 
2006-04-04 07:50:23 PM
SlappyKincaid: but they still make crappy drives right???

Ohyoubetcha.
 
2006-04-04 08:15:46 PM
They recently got bought out by Seagate - this isn't suprising in the least bit.
 
2006-04-04 08:43:46 PM
SlappyKincaid: but they still make crappy drives right???

Considering the last 26 dells we bought with Maxtor drives had 8 of them dead out of the box, I would say yes. (This was about 3 weeks ago.)

The replacements have been OK so far, but our dell rep said there were lots of the SATA drives with that problem recently.
 
2006-04-04 09:50:40 PM
Kudos on the headline, Submitter
 
2006-04-04 10:11:22 PM
I have never had a good experience with their hardware.
 
2006-04-04 10:12:40 PM
I've never had a Maxtor go out on me.
 
2006-04-04 10:14:02 PM
4 outta 6 replies, and we're all in agreement that maxtor sucks.

Heh. Got two seagates for a reason now. They better not start sucking now, or I'm gonna be pissed.
 
2006-04-04 10:28:51 PM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Maxtor Corp (MXO.N: Quote, Profile, Research), the computer disk drive maker being acquired by competitor Seagate Technology


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
 
2006-04-04 10:31:26 PM
Maybe they should Format C:
 
2006-04-04 10:32:23 PM
How do Lacie HDs fare?
 
2006-04-04 10:34:10 PM
The early Diamondmax drives were pretty good. The Diamondmax 8s and 9s I've watched go inert, frighteningly fast. Dunno after tht, haven't used any.
 
2006-04-04 10:34:29 PM
Yay, more space for pr0n.
 
2006-04-04 10:34:33 PM
does it google?
 
2006-04-04 10:34:56 PM
Someone should warn them that at around 95%, they're offices will hang, and will need to reboot
 
2006-04-04 10:35:38 PM
What happens when every company eventually downsizes and/or consolidates to one company with a thousand employees total, leaving the other 299,999,000 of us in the US unemployed? Who will be the consumer base? Who will BUY?
 
2006-04-04 10:35:49 PM
So....does this mean don't buy seagate anymore now that they bought them? :)
 
2006-04-04 10:39:25 PM
www.spokesmanreview.com
Have you seen my stapler?
 
2006-04-04 10:40:23 PM
What? No Bush as a president?
 
2006-04-04 10:40:50 PM
No, I think Seagate's "Sea Shield" technology should keep the bad Maxtor bits out after the acquisition
 
2006-04-04 10:42:21 PM
So they are firing 878.90625 people?
 
2006-04-04 10:43:02 PM
great headline. better than anything pudge from f**kedcompany could come up with.
 
2006-04-04 10:43:09 PM
echo Y | format c:
 
2006-04-04 10:43:17 PM
That's 900 employees, along with an ADDITIONAL 1,500 layoffs with this mail-in coupon.
 
2006-04-04 10:43:30 PM
SwiftFox: he early Diamondmax drives were pretty good. The Diamondmax 8s and 9s I've watched go inert, frighteningly fast. Dunno after tht, haven't used any.

Yep, I had two 200GB Maxtor Diamond Drives go tits up on me not long ago.... Drives that only were covered by their new 1 year warranty....

Maxtor used to be quite good on their warranties, I think it was 5 years, but then they went to just 1 year...
 
2006-04-04 10:43:43 PM
well, they didn't actually delete 900 employees.
they just erased them from the catalog.

each employee's blocks will still be there just like always, scattered over thousands of locations throughout the company, until new employees come in. slowly small blocks of the new employees will overwrite those from these 900.

gosh that's got to make it hard for these 900 to do their taxes.
 
2006-04-04 10:44:15 PM
brakudo-clap, subster.
 
2006-04-04 10:45:03 PM
I purchased an external Maxtor drive with one-touch backup. That goddamned thing has completely farked my computer beyond belief. Not sure if it is the drive or "Dantz" software that came with it.
 
2006-04-04 10:45:19 PM
Seagate's normal hard drives seem good (though a tad noisy), but I haven't had very good experiences with their laptop drives. One I bought from them went out in about a year. It was still under warantee, so I got a replacement, but first I had to buy a $15 box with padding foam to send it back in (my fault for not keeping the original box, but eh), and then the "refurbished" drive they sent me back was dead out of the box.
 
2006-04-04 10:45:46 PM
i think their drives suck, personally.

but not as bad as the IBM DeathStar, er DeskStar.
 
2006-04-04 10:45:47 PM
Haruko_Haruhara: Who will be the consumer base? Who will BUY?

That would actually be a very nice situation. The thousand people do all the labor necessary to supply all of us with products and services. Think about how efficient it would be if only 1000 people in the whole country worked. Just tax the hell out of them, or better yet, don't pay them at all. Distribute the products evenly across the nation. I guess that'd be communism though, and those 1000 people would probably NOT be very happy.

Still, every time we increase the efficiency of the workforce, it should in theory be beneficial to us all. Fewer man-hours are needed. It's incredibly stupid IMO that most companies choose to shave off these unneeded manhours by laying off people rather than just having everyone work fewer hours. It really contributes to social unrest when you have people unemployed with zero income while others are making full income. Better to split the losses so that everyone still gets a paycheck.

Seems pretty simple to me.
 
2006-04-04 10:47:45 PM
format c: /autotest >nul
 
2006-04-04 10:48:15 PM
Well let me rephrase.

Maxtor/Seagate bring back the original concept of RAID.

Redundant Array of Inexepensive Disks.

Because god damn, if you trust Maxtor/Seagate, you best have an array.

Wait a second, forgot.

One time an array failed because not one, but two drives failed to report that they failed.

Now how about that?

(It's documented, btw. Had to be for insurance reasons. People were SCREAMING that morning, trust me.)
 
2006-04-04 10:48:51 PM
damnit nick4753.
 
2006-04-04 10:48:57 PM
I'm at work with a disk drive and I think someone stole my pen.
 
2006-04-04 10:49:38 PM
I've currently got a 120GB Maxtor drive that causes my PC to freeze about 3 times a day. If it's disconnected, the computer is fine.

In a drawer in my computer desk I have a 40GB maxtor drive that started chirping about 3 days after the warranty expired. Shortly after I checked the drive in windows explorer and every filename on the drive was ascii giberish and even the cookies were showing as being 2-3GB each. Why do I keep buying this crap? Easy, they're like 14 bucks.
 
2006-04-04 10:49:42 PM
mistergecko: It's incredibly stupid IMO that most companies choose to shave off these unneeded manhours by laying off people rather than just having everyone work fewer hours.

But companies who employ too many part-time workers are inherently evil, or so <insert political faction here> tells me.
 
2006-04-04 10:50:45 PM
..move those 900 to the temp file.
 
2006-04-04 10:51:27 PM
Glass Corporate Headquarters?

Seriously, you do not make money by firing people, you do it by paying them money and then letting them buy the crap you make. Or, creating a company store and paying them in scrip, like the old robber barons. You know, either works if your an amoral bastard and don't give a damn.

/ Rather trade work for room, board and the interweb.
// With cable.
/// And plenty of Fark.
 
2006-04-04 10:53:39 PM
mistergecko: till, every time we increase the efficiency of the workforce, it should in theory be beneficial to us all. Fewer man-hours are needed. It's incredibly stupid IMO that most companies choose to shave off these unneeded manhours by laying off people rather than just having everyone work fewer hours. It really contributes to social unrest when you have people unemployed with zero income while others are making full income. Better to split the losses so that everyone still gets a paycheck.

Seems pretty simple to me.



Ummm... no... they would have to cover all the health costs and matching automatic 401K's and taxes and vacations and stuff...
 
2006-04-04 10:53:47 PM
I have an 80 gig Maxtor that is doing OK, but that was back when the warranties were > 1 year. I bought if for my HTPC, it didn't have the high-pitched whine some others do. Comparativley large when seeking but thats not a problem when all it accesses is movies & music.


I have a 120 gig Samsung in my other box. It is very quiet, more so than the Maxtor & came with a three year warranty.

Still, I am sad to see Maxtor go if only because it makes the hard drive market that much smaller.
 
2006-04-04 10:54:28 PM
nice headline.
 
2006-04-04 10:57:58 PM
That is one sector that I'm not concerned about.
Ofcourse, if I were on the block, I'd seek something better.


/groans! :P
 
2006-04-04 10:58:24 PM
bingo the psych-o: it makes the hard drive market that much smaller.

you meant 'that much leaner'? i.e. i think this is a good thing for all of us end-users...
 
2006-04-04 11:00:31 PM
Maxtor deletes 900 employees, frags workforce.

/lollercaust
 
2006-04-04 11:00:41 PM
IBM Deathstar has them all beat hands down.

Nothing like a without warning thunking loud spectacular hard drive crash. First thing through your head is when you did your last backup.
 
2006-04-04 11:00:55 PM
Aw man..I don't want to hear about all this bad stuff about Maxtor. I've replaced a noisy Western Digital with a 200g Maxtor yesterday.

Now I'm going to be all nervous and shiat.
 
2006-04-04 11:01:20 PM
Based on Maxtor's response to my previous letter, I believe it's safe to say that this is nothing new. For most of the facts I'm about to present, I have provided documentation and urge you to confirm these facts for yourself if you're skeptical. Maxtor's hirelings have already started to convince others that what I call foul-mouthed astrologers are the "chosen people" of scriptural prophecy. The result: absolute vapidity, brassbound and two-faced cacophony, lack of personality, monotony, and boredom. I take seriously the view that Maxtor is a sore loser. In fact, I have said that to Maxtor on many occasions and I will keep on saying it until he stops trying to supplant one form of injustice with another. It must be pointed out that my concern is with morality itself, not with the teleological foundations upon which it rests. Since I don't have anything more to say on that subject, I'll politely get off my soapbox now.
 
2006-04-04 11:01:33 PM
Zaphodius: .move those 900 to the temp file.

that was kind of you.
indeed, they were considering /dev/null.
 
2006-04-04 11:09:16 PM
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go back up my hard drive...
 
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