Packing & Shipping Instructions

  • Seagate Return Policy

    Unless covered under other contractual agreements, the following applies to all consumer customer returns:

    - You must pay postage costs for all shipments from you to Seagate.

    - Send your product to Seagate using the carrier of your choice. Please use a method with ability to trace shipment. Seagate is not responsible for shipments for which the carrier cannot provide proof of delivery.

    - If your product is under warranty, Seagate will pay for postage of repaired/replacement products from Seagate to you. You must pay all applicable duties and customs charges for shipments to and from Seagate, unless otherwise authorised.

    - Seagate is not responsible for loss or damage during transit. We suggest that you purchase insurance to cover your shipment.

    - NO PAY-ON-DELIVERY SHIPMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED without prior authorisation from Seagate. Shipments arriving at Seagate with charges due are subject to being returned (unrepaired) with all charges, including return expenses, due and payable by the originator.


    Replacement Product Notice

    - Your original product will NOT be returned to you.
    - Replacement products are factory-repaired units.
    - Replacements carry the greater of: original warranty balance or 90 days.
    - Delivery is during normal business hours to the address you provided.
    - All data and software on your returned product(s) will be lost.
    - Replacement products arrive low-level formatted.
    - Any required data recovery service must be completed BEFORE requesting an RMA from Seagate.

    THE SEAGATE RMA (RETURN MATERIAL AUTHORISATION) NUMBER ISSUED IS VALID ONLY FOR THE RETURN OF A NON-CONFORMING SEAGATE PRODUCT UNDER WARRANTY. You agree not to submit any products except in conjunction with a justified warranty claim. For example, you shall not send us through this RMA process any counterfeit products, products that we previously lost through theft or otherwise, products for which warranty coverage has expired or never existed (this is usually evidenced by removed, damaged or tampered labels), products that only have defects not covered by warranty (for example, most of our warranty statements do not cover problems caused by accident, abuse, neglect, shock, electrostatic discharge, heat or humidity, improper installation, operation, maintenance or modification, by other equipment or lost passwords, or by any other misuse contrary to the instructions in the user manual). Products that are determined to be No Trouble Found (NTF) are not eligible for warranty service. Before returning your product, you may use the Seagate SeaTools diagnostic tool to determine the condition of your product and whether it is eligible to be returned under warranty. Seagate reserves the right to return NTF products to their owner and may charge for associated postage costs. If you send us, through this RMA process, any products that are not covered by justified warranty claims, we may retain these products. Seagate reserves its right to exercise all its legal rights in connection with fraudulent returns.

    Updated: 9 August 2011

  • What should I return and how should I package it?

    For Seagate GoFlex Products:
    See Knowledge Base Document ID: 219711 for instructions on which component(s) to return to Seagate in a warranty return shipment.

    For Seagate or Maxtor External Hard Disc Drives:

    Please DO send back to Seagate:

    Please DO NOT send back to Seagate:

    For Seagate or Maxtor Internal Hard Disc Drives:

    Remove all accessories and/or spare parts. Ship the DRIVE ONLY. Seagate is not responsible for accessories; they cannot be returned.

    Some examples of accessories are:

    For Samsung External Hard Disc Drives:

    Samsung products

    • Please DO NOT send accessories back to Seagate.

    Use original packaging when possible, such as packaging sent with Advance Replacement Order:

    - Enclose each drive in an ESD (electrostatic discharge) bag in an anti-static plastic shell (SeaShell) or anti-static bubble wrap.
    - Secure each unit in two-inch-thick foam rubber in a corrugated box. Do not use polystyrene packing popcorn or peanuts, bubble wrap or newspaper. If packaging more than one drive, use a separate container for each drive.
    - Print the order number on the outside of each box.
    - For more information on how to pack your unit, please view:

    For European customers, a T1 document must accompany the shipment if applicable (notify your agent).

    Do not enclose any personal notes within your parcel; they will not reach the warranty support department.

    Updated: 12 November 2008

  • What will happen to the data on my product?

    DATA ON RETURNED DRIVES WILL BE LOST. Your original drive will NOT be returned. All data and software will be lost. If your warranty claim is justified, we may send you a recertified replacement unit. If not, we may retain your unit altogether. Either way, you will lose any data on the unit. The replacement drive will be low-level formatted. If you need the data on the drive and do not have a backup copy, you may want to consider data recovery services before sending the drive to Seagate for replacement.

    REMOVE YOUR DATA. In order to protect your privacy and other interests in data, delete all data from the drive, or as much as possible, before you return your original drive to Seagate. Your drive may be shipped to another country for purposes of repair and/or refurbishment. The destination country may not offer the same level of data protection as your home country (and, if you are located in the European Economic Area, may not ensure an adequate level of protection for purposes of European data protection laws). In the destination country, Seagate will take steps to delete and overwrite all data on the drive to protect your privacy. For more information about this process, please see Data Erasure for Returned Products. By accepting the Seagate Membership/E-Commerce Terms and/or returning your drive to Seagate, you consent to the shipment of your drive across borders and to the deletion of your data.

    Any required data recovery service must be completed BEFORE shipping the drive(s) to Seagate for replacement. Data recovery is not covered under the Seagate limited consumer warranty, and is not part of the repair and exchange process. If you would like data recovery performed on your drive, it is available from Seagate as a separate service for an additional charge. Please see: for additional information on Seagate’s data recovery service.

    Updated: 12 November 2008