SeaTools for Windows
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"SeaTools for Windows = Tech-Inferior Crap That Crashes"
It is clear evidence of how Seagate:
(1) Allows, for years, SeaTools (in all its bug-ridden versions) to fester;
(2) Gains extra profit by outsourcing programming work to temporary contract hires (read: overseas peons);
(3) Isolates its engineers and top-level tech staff from Seagate-Support Chimps; and
(4) Maintains ongoing contempt for its customers.
FOR NO GOOD TECHNICAL REASON, SeaTurds for Windows REQUIRES installation of the system-infecting POS known as "Microsoft .NET," because Seagate's contract programmers care more about their convenience than writing code free from bloat and superfluous dependency.
The bug-ridden 2007 version of SeaTurds -- which misdiagnoses some of Seagate's 2012 internal drives and CANNOT DEAL ADEQUATELY (OR AT ALL) WITH EXTERNAL DRIVES -- demanded .Net 2.0.
This bug-ridden 2011 version of SeaTurds demands .Net 4.0, an even lengthier installation of garbage no one wants. Better yet, SeaTurds bombs out after installation thereof (Google "SeaTools" and the .Net error fragments "fatal error," "argument length," and "System.String").
SeaTurds is USELESS.
This shows what a virtual monopoly decides: Seagate (who owns Maxtor and Samsung drives) is making so much money that it is okay if a certain percentage of its customers receive defective products or suffer fake, BS "tools" meant to pacify them (or, more likely, make them think that they did something wrong).
Just make them pay (again) for shipment of a warranty replacement, if need be: A REFURB that just might make it to the warranty's end (I'm on my SECOND refurb in JUST THREE YEARS for a 1TB that has 2 years left on its warranty: I've spent at least $25 additional, this way, on a drive size decreasing in price each year).
Seagate JUST WANTS YOUR MONEY. SeaTools for Windows is a broken PACIFIER.