Smoke 'em if you got 'em

Charles Curley charlescurley at
Thu Jan 22 07:08:51 MST 2009

On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 09:31:48PM -0700, Stuart Jansen wrote:
> Looks like Seagate has been shipping drives with bad firmware. If you
> have recent Seagate or Maxtor drives, probably want to check out the
> article. If your thinking about buying drives, probably want to wait
> until the bad drives get sold off.

Seagate firmware fix bricks Barracudas

Killer cure

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Enterprise, 21st January 2009 10:42 GMT

The updated firmware Seagate issued to solve 1TB Barracuda drive
faults is causing 500GB Barracuda drives to fail.

The original fault was that Barracuda 7200.11 drives made in Thailand
(ref: ST31000340AS with firmware level SD15) were failing at boot time
with a firmware error that locked the drive up and rendered it
inoperable. Other Seagate drives - DiamondMax 22 and Barracuda ES.2
SATA - were affected as well.


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