So there is this batch of Seagate disk drives that has a high (or more accurate above normal) rate of defects:
The faulty drives are all Seagate 2.5" drives that are manufactured in China, with a Firmware revision of 7.01. They are also all SATA interface. No other drives seem (at this stage) to be affected.
Guess what my Macbook Pro 17" 1st generation has:
I have good backups, but still... Time to find out if there is a Apple program to replace the drives.
(via JoÃ£o Pedro, and the local Mac mailing list)
Update: the counter-punch.