Magnetic Wobbles Main Cause of Unstable Disks reported yesterday that a new study has revealed some interesting information about why some hard drives fail. The main cause of drive failures is apparently a magnetic effect which causes the areas on the disc platters to change their polarity. This was previously thought to be the case but the new study goes into much more detail, even suggesting that the material used by manufacturers may have its part to play. This change in polarity then jumps to neighbouring tracks causing widespread data corruption. Known as magnetic avalanche, the process could be better described as magnetic wildfire or magnetic exlosion due to the fast and devastating effect it can have on our data. I wonder if this problem could be what is wrecking so many Seagate Momentus 2.5″ drives? (Link now Broken, Provided for reference)

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