I have several Seagate 7200.9 and 7200.10 drives, and they all report very high seek error rates. No other manufacturer reports them with their drives.
Apparently, this is considered normal for Seagate drives.
Google's paper on hard drive longevity says basically the same thing (http://22.214.171.124/papers/disk_failures.pdf).
They don't identify Seagate as the manufacturer they're talking about in reference to high seek errors in that paper, but it's obvious that it's Seagate. They also state that the seek errors that the Seagate drives report have little predictive ability on the failure. There's only 4 SMART parameters that they found that reliably predict future failure:
- Scan errors (not reported by many drives I've seen).
- Total Reallocated Sector Count
- Offline Reallocated Sector Count
- Probational Sector Count (not reported by many drives I've seen).