How do we decipher Seagate's "Date Code"?
Posted on 2006-11-16
Simple question, but not obvious on their website, or in any of the various manuals I DL from there. I have two Seagate drives on my desk, that the owner believes are less than two years old. Seagate's online warranty page says the warranty has expired for both, which I can accept, but I'd like to know (and report back to the owner) exactly how old the drives are.
The two codes, as printed on the drive labels, are "04142" and "04234". I expect that this is as simple as "two digit year and three digit day", but I can't find anything to use as a reference and I'm not going to just assume that. Besides, I thought that their drives came with a 3-year warranty.
I have been able to establish that one of the two, labeled "OEM", was sold with a very limited Seagate warranty, so that one probably won't get replaced, but the other one was bought over the counter, so it should be new enough....