That's like a contradiction in itself. Of course that's why they would reduce the warranty. Why else? To many of their products fail shortly after 1yr and they know it. It's costing them a mint. Now they can keep building the same garbage and not be accountable for it. Money in hand. A large company knows EXACTLY what's going on. They have statistical data pouring in and know to the penny what it's costing them. Maybe they wan't to start selling water damaged drives.