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Old 01-20-09, 03:22 PM   #25
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Well went to segate site downloaded a ISO file with the firmware update utility on it, a guy names Simkin uploaded it, Worked great for me Whew, no more worrys now.
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Old 01-20-09, 05:40 PM   #26
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I see SG as one of the most reliable HD makers, somehow - maybe the 5yr warranty, 3 yr warranty now, and a few words around the net seem to suggest that too...

This thing ain't nice though...
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Old 01-21-09, 12:23 PM   #27
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If it were not for bad luck, we would have no luck at all. We decided to follow Seagate's instructions and updated several of our other Barracuda 7200.11 drives today that were identified to have suspect firmware with the revised SD1A firmware. Our ST3500320AS (500GB) and ST3640330AS (640GB) drives are bricked now. It appears this is a widespread problem, once again, and Seagate has pulled this firmware. We do not have a response from Seagate yet, but how in world they let this one get by qualification testing is beyond us. At this time, do not flash your drives if you have the SD1A firmware.
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It works for the Seagate model # 9BX158-303, ST3100034AS, firmware SD15, Thats what I had now I got SD1A after the flash, So I'm good, I did alot of reading and downloaded the update utility that the guy name simkin did on his exact same hardrive and model, and firmware.
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Old 01-21-09, 03:56 PM   #30
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I have four 1.5 T HDDS. Three have SD1A and one has SD17. I also have two 1 T drive but they are WD so hopefully the Lord (Obama) smiles upon them
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I have four 1.5 T HDDS. Three have SD1A and one has SD17. I also have two 1 T drive but they are WD so hopefully the Lord (Obama) smiles upon them
those firmwares suffer from two bugs, the original bug that was killing 1.5TB drives and the new current bug
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Apparently the original bug happened when some internal log had exactly 320 entries in it and tried to initialize the drive. So if your drives are working, don't reboot until Seagate has a fix available. (from here - /. so take with a grain of salt)

Note to self: In the future use mixed brands for RAID arrays...
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Apparently the original bug happened when some internal log had exactly 320 entries in it and tried to initialize the drive. So if your drives are working, don't reboot until Seagate has a fix available. (from here - /. so take with a grain of salt)

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They have all the new firmware updates on segate now'.
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So I finally got around to looking at the serial numbers on my drives. They are not listed as being affected by this issue. I need to figure out how to tell what firmware is on them, but chances are it is a fairly old firmware as they were bought shortly after they came out.

Glad I don't have to try to flash them and possibly brick the drive, but I'm still going to work on getting all of my data backed up again.
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firmware version is on the label, or get CrystalDiskInfo it is SMART app that supports nforce, it will read all info about the HDD.
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firmware version is on the label, or get CrystalDiskInfo it is SMART app that supports nforce, it will read all info about the HDD.
Yea, I just pulled the drives out of the pc, and naturally, it is listed as SD15. So according to the serial it's not affected, but according to the firmware it is.

EDIT: Hmm reading your original post it said the drives from Thailand were the ones affected. I know that mine were both from Singapore. Maybe that's why the serial number shows that it is unaffected.
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