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Ars Technica Reports on SGT Lawsuit Against SanDisk and Western Digital

August 18, 2023

Ars Technica reported on a lawsuit filed by Silver Golub & Teitell against SanDisk and its parent company Western Digital alleging that some of the companies' solid state drives were defective and worthless.

"We believe the case is strong, that Western Digital’s response to the issue has been delayed, inadequate, and incomplete, and we believe people are continuing to purchase defective SSDs based on misleading information Western Digital has provided," Mr. Sloss told the publication.

The plaintiffs allege that a defect causes the SanDisk SSDs to unexpectedly eject from devices and become unreadable, erasing their data permanently.

Citing SGT's lawsuit, Ars Technica reported that plaintiff Matthew Perrin bought at least eight SanDisk Extreme SSDs, including 2TB and 4TB Extreme and 4TB Extreme Pro models, and lost all data stored on several devices, while plaintiff Brian Bayerl bought at least two SanDisk Extreme SSDs, including a 4TB Extreme. 

"Plaintiff Bayerl has experienced the failure of two drives within minutes of each other and is now reluctant to use SanDisk Extreme products. Due to the nature of his work and the data on the devices, Plaintiff Bayerl spent nearly $8,000 on only partially successful efforts to retrieve the data from the failed drives through various data recovery third parties. These efforts also determined that the issue was caused by faulty internal firmware on the drives," Ars Technica quoted the lawsuit as saying.

The lawsuit, Perrin v. SanDisk, was filed on August 17, 2023, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The article is available here:

Ars Technica: SanDisk Extreme SSDs Are “Worthless,” Multiple Lawsuits Against WD Say

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