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Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 Troubles

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#176
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I just found this:
Seagate date code calculator.

You have to create a login to get it. Once you extract the files from the zip file, you have to drill down to this point:

SeagateDateCode\SeagateDateCode\SeagateDateCode\bin\Debug

to find the executeable.

Nevermind, I just did a megaupload:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HS5ZEL4O


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Hey poolcarpet, I've just noticed that your most recent posts on the official seagate forum (asking other people with similar problems to come over to this forum) have been deleted..

I guess your initiative for gathering as many data as possible on the failures has struck a sensitive chord ;)

Edited by DerSnoezie, 08 January 2009 - 09:34 AM.


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I just found this:
Seagate date code calculator.

You have to create a login to get it. Once you extract the files from the zip file, you have to drill down to this point:

SeagateDateCode\SeagateDateCode\SeagateDateCode\bin\Debug

to find the executeable.

Nevermind, I just did a megaupload:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HS5ZEL4O



Great Utility!!! Thank you. :)

The List then would read:

9QM7VZBP:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09146 (09/Oct/2008):KRATSG:Oct2008:24Dec2008:poolcarpet
9QM6X90B:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09115 (17/Sep/2008):KRATSG:Oct2008:28Dec2008:DaftMule
9QM6W2JE:ST3500320AS: - :SD15: - : - :5Dec2008:19Dec2008:DerSnoezie
9QM4G4PK:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:08503 (16/Jun/2008):KRATSG:Aug2008:Nov2008:dskbrk
9QM3RWHJ:ST3500320AS:9BX154-568:SD81:08464 (20/May/2008):KRATSG:Aug2008:23Dec2008:ToKuRo
9QM7KSQJ:ST3500320AS:9BX154-501:SD15:09134 (30/Sep/2008):KRATSG:28Oct2008:07Jan2009:jeroen__online
9QM2MFS6:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:08406 (10/Apr/2008):KRATSG:Jan2008:23Dec2008:quattro150

Great!!!

P.S.: WHY IS MY FIRMWARE DIFFRENT !?!!?!??!?!?! :wacko:

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Ooops, just checked my receipts, I actually did buy it in Apr. 12th to be exact. ****, only 2 days from factory to store... **** things were selling like hot cakes...


9QM7VZBP:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09146 (09/Oct/2008):KRATSG:Oct2008:24Dec2008:poolcarpet
9QM6X90B:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09115 (17/Sep/2008):KRATSG:Oct2008:28Dec2008:DaftMule
9QM6W2JE:ST3500320AS: - :SD15: - : - :5Dec2008:19Dec2008:DerSnoezie
9QM4G4PK:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:08503 (16/Jun/2008):KRATSG:Aug2008:Nov2008:dskbrk
9QM3RWHJ:ST3500320AS:9BX154-568:SD81:08464 (20/May/2008):KRATSG:Aug2008:23Dec2008:ToKuRo
9QM7KSQJ:ST3500320AS:9BX154-501:SD15:09134 (30/Sep/2008):KRATSG:28Oct2008:07Jan2009:jeroen__online
9QM2MFS6:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:08406 (10/Apr/2008):KRATSG:12Apr2008:23Dec2008:quattro150

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Probably is, but I still can't help to wonder if something in the chipset is causing this problem to crop up.

By the way, your GIGABYTE EP45 uses ICH10 as well... may not be an ASUS problem, but maybe an Intel problem still...

I think this is a bug with the HDD firmware not the motherboad as mine is a GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS4.



#181
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I think this is a bug with the HDD firmware not the motherboad as mine is a GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS4.

Maybe a virus

#182
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Here is a list of RAID controllers having issues with the ES2 line of seagate drives with fixes to the firmware

http://www.webhostin...ad.php?t=741652

And other links.

Seagate firmware AN05 for ST31000340NS, ST3750330NS, ST3500320NS, ST3250310NS
Seagate firmware AN05 for ST31000340NS, ST3750330NS, ST3500320NS, ST3250310NS

Only work with NS but Not AS

Use this link if you have the ST31000340NS (1 TB model ) and/or ST3750330NS (750GB model) drives.
http://www.seagate.c...B-3D4DMoose.iso

Use this link if you have the ST3500320NS (500GB model) or ST3250310NS (250 GB model) drives.
http://www.seagate.c...C-1D2DMoose.iso


And, Adaptecs Knowledge base says this.

http://ask.adaptec.c...amp;p_topview=1

So what's the difference between firmware SNxx and ANxx? where xx is a number.

You'll also see at the bottom of the adaptec link a link to known problems with 7200.11 SATA drives with their RAID
controllers.

Perhaps, it may be helpful to search the knowledge bases of all RAID controller manufacturers since they will
get the latest info from the drive manufacturers about known problems and solutions for a given HDD type and/or
interface type. This will provide an indirect means to find solutions and may provide more insight into all
the different problems ones HDD drives can have for a given part number whether one uses RAID or not.

Here's some info from 3ware.com on their RAIDS for ES drives.

This Seagate ES series (ES series include ST3750640NS 750GB, ST3500630NS 500GB, ST3400620NS 400GB, ST3320620NS 320GB, and ST3250620NS/820NS 250GB) with older code (fw 3.AEE) might exhibit drive off-line after many occurrences of cable CRC errors under direct attached configuration. Please contact Seagate for latest drive firmware.

For all SATA type drives, 3ware.com says the SATA controller auto-negotiation for 150 or 300 mb/s speed may
not always be reliable which could tell the BIOS the drives aren't there when the port gets locked. My guess
is it may appear as a hardware hang and the busy light always on due to lockup - especially during BIOS POST.
It could be a simple race condition triggered by the auto-neg: it's to bad that it took so long to trigger this though.

Can someone jumper their drive that they are having problems with in this thread for a) no-jumper - auto-neg,
b ) 150 mb/s and c ) 300 mb/s with the jumper set and see if their symptoms change for one of these settings?


Edited by mikesw, 08 January 2009 - 11:55 AM.


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So what's the difference between firmware SNxx and ANxx? where xx is a number.


In another thread from somewhere else in the cloud (maybe this forum maybe Seagate, I can't remember) ANxx series firmware is for SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) drives and SNxx is for SATA drives. Both series of firmware are only for the ES.2 drives. These are the drives that end with NS instead of AS. Because of the advanced features of these drives for enterprise use, your drive will be bricked if you use their firmware on the AS series.

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So what's the difference between firmware SNxx and ANxx? where xx is a number.


In another thread from somewhere else in the cloud (maybe this forum maybe Seagate, I can't remember) ANxx series firmware is for SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) drives and SNxx is for SATA drives. Both series of firmware are only for the ES.2 drives. These are the drives that end with NS instead of AS. Because of the advanced features of these drives for enterprise use, your drive will be bricked if you use their firmware on the AS series.



Although, I think the Seagate firmware installer (like the PC BIOS firmware installer) will not only check
the hardware manufacturer, but also the manufacturers part number and complain that it is incompatible.
The same applies to CD/DVD firmware updates too for a given manufacturer.

This prevents me from updating a Seagate with Maxtor firmware, and updating Seagate PATA vs. SATA, and
even for a given SATA HDD part number etc with the wrong firmware.

Edited by mikesw, 08 January 2009 - 11:56 AM.


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They can do that, I will continue to post to ask people to come here to discuss. Is that in violation of their T&Cs? I'm sick of Sh*tgate's response and handling of this matter to be really honest.

Unless they close off my account, I will continue to visit *that* forum and ensure as many people as possible find their way HERE. And may I suggest everyone else who still has a login in that forum do the same.

Here we can discuss all the details/technicalities without our posts being deleted/modified and yet the admin claims that no posts of technical content was modified.



Hey poolcarpet, I've just noticed that your most recent posts on the official seagate forum (asking other people with similar problems to come over to this forum) have been deleted..

I guess your initiative for gathering as many data as possible on the failures has struck a sensitive chord ;)



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Hopefully those with the ST31000333AS don't get this problem.

http://datacent.com/...te/ST31000333AS

:whistle:

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Hopefully those with the ST31000333AS don't get this problem.

http://datacent.com/...te/ST31000333AS

:whistle:


This site is ridiculous, just put any s***ty model and the page will be created dynamically with the chosen model, even if the model doesn't exist.

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I am yet another victim of the disappearing hard-drive...

I just got off the phone with seagate, I waited nearly an hour to get to a human. I told the rep about my problem and that I am not the only one, who is experiencing it, but he wouldn't acknowledge that it was a bigger issue. I was given a soft sales pitch for the data recovery service option ($1000 ha!) even though I told him it wasn't realistic for me. I feel pretty ripped off by seagate, I will definitely not be buying another one of their drives...

I asked about the RMA options, it looks like I have to pay for shipping my drive. The kicker is that they replace the drive with a refurb, and they can't guarantee that the problem will not return...

So, what do I do? RMA it or hope for a fix? Ebay the refurb and buy myself something else? This is pretty frustrating...

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http://datacent.com/.../ST31000ASSRAPE

:whistle: :whistle: :ph34r:

Edited by Styleman, 08 January 2009 - 01:07 PM.


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AWESOME!!

http://datacent.com/.../ST31000ASSRAPE

:whistle: :whistle: :ph34r:



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On a more serious note than my previous post....

This isn't one guys fault (Alan M) although it's easy to view it as such.

From a legal position, Seagate is better off not admitting they are aware of a problem. This is because if they are aware of a widespread product flaw and not doing anything, this makes them liable. You can bet Seagate trains their front line phone support staff not to take accountability or acknowledge these types of scenarios. Seagate may be holding out to see if only certain production batches are affected before acting.

Or maybe they only plan to act if a class action lawsuit rears its ugly head.

A class action lawsuit forces a company to live up to their obligations, however in this case, I am not sure what those obligations are. Seagate *is* offering to RMA the drive, and loss of data is generally not their problem in most situations. We are trying to make the data loss Seagate's problem by proving they are continuing to sell a product that is prone to failure in a specific way, leaving their customers vunerable and at a risk level that is much higher than expected.

Anyone care to talk to a greedy lawyer to see if we have a solid case?

I would think we would need a significant amount of people all with the same issue to convince a lawyer to do anything. The value of the drive is between $70 - $150 and the value of the data restore is about $1000 which may or may not be relevant. The value of company downtime may also play a factor.

Posted by icefloe01:

"SD15 is the most recent firmware for these drives and there is no knowledge of anyone working on a new firmware for any reason at all. The guy I talked to even works in the same office with AllenM (Seagate forum mod.) and said he hasn't mentioned anything about any unusual drive problems that need to be addressed. In other words, Seagate has been made aware of the problem, yet they are unaware of the problem.

Once again that wretched AllenM!


Edited by Styleman, 08 January 2009 - 01:05 PM.


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Hopefully those with the ST31000333AS don't get this problem.

http://datacent.com/...te/ST31000333AS

:whistle:


Look at this

[url="http://datacent.com/...ent.com/datarec

Edited by Gronfsm, 08 January 2009 - 01:05 PM.


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I am yet another victim of the disappearing hard-drive...

I just got off the phone with seagate, I waited nearly an hour to get to a human. I told the rep about my problem and that I am not the only one, who is experiencing it, but he wouldn't acknowledge that it was a bigger issue. I was given a soft sales pitch for the data recovery service option ($1000 ha!) even though I told him it wasn't realistic for me. I feel pretty ripped off by seagate, I will definitely not be buying another one of their drives...

I asked about the RMA options, it looks like I have to pay for shipping my drive. The kicker is that they replace the drive with a refurb, and they can't guarantee that the problem will not return...

So, what do I do? RMA it or hope for a fix? Ebay the refurb and buy myself something else? This is pretty frustrating...




Hi Nichev, could you please add your data to the following list?:

SerialNumber:Model:P/N:Firmware:DateCode:SiteCode:PurchaseDate:FailedDate:USername
===========================================================

9QM7VZBP:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09146 (09/Oct/2008):KRATSG:Oct2008:24Dec2008:poolcarpet
9QM6X90B:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09115 (17/Sep/2008):KRATSG:Oct2008:28Dec2008:DaftMule
9QM6W2JE:ST3500320AS: - :SD15: - : - :5Dec2008:19Dec2008:DerSnoezie
9QM4G4PK:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:08503 (16/Jun/2008):KRATSG:Aug2008:Nov2008:dskbrk
9QM3RWHJ:ST3500320AS:9BX154-568:SD81:08464 (20/May/2008):KRATSG:Aug2008:23Dec2008:ToKuRo
9QM7KSQJ:ST3500320AS:9BX154-501:SD15:09134 (30/Sep/2008):KRATSG:28Oct2008:07Jan2009:jeroen__online
9QM2MFS6:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:08406 (10/Apr/2008):KRATSG:12Apr2008:23Dec2008:quattro150

Edited by DerSnoezie, 08 January 2009 - 01:01 PM.


#194
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Mkay.. the official Seagate forum is suffering from some pretty heavy moderation right now; my most recent inventations for people to come over to this forum have been deleted in a mere couple of minutes time :(

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Just registered on here as the official forums have become farcical now. The mods keep saying how the forums are not customer support bla bla, but when you get no support whatsoever by email (or just a bog standard almost automated reply) and the phone lines just deny ever hearing of the problem (which is pure and utter nonsense - i spent 2-3 hours on the phone with them and they even hung up on me twice! they simply kept telling me it hasn't been flagged as a problem by their engineers which again i find to be ludicrous considering the number of people even in this thread that have called them about it), where else do they expect us to voice our concerns over one of their products? the behaviour of the mods over there is simply unacceptable.

Anyway, I ordered my drive back on around October 13th, had it installed in a system about a week later and then had it die (sort of) like all the others in here with the infamous BIOS disappearing act on December 14th. I had quite a lot of data on there and i acknowledge that it was my responsibility to back up properly, but knowing now there is a clear manufacturer error with these drives, i am simply not willing to take ALL the responsibility for this and Seagate really need to step up with something or they are going to be getting a lot of undesired attention in the coming months. I do not care really about my lost data, but it angers me to think of how many other people are having this failure and having to shell out to get it fixed. so many less technically minded people would not even think to look for a solution online on a forum like this and will no doubt get conned out of their money for data recovery services. All the while, this product is continued to be sold, lining the pockets of seagate! totally and utterly unacceptable and i cannot see how this can be allowed to continue. there must be some industry regulator (like ofcom for telecoms) that can be notified about this surely?

I would not have so much of a problem with the situation if they announced they were working hard towards solving it, but their current behaviour is irresponsible, AT BEST.

I am no longer willing to let seagate hide this problem and continue raking in the £££ at the expense of pc users. I will be writing to newspapers, magazines, retailers and watchdog (UK) to ensure that the spotlight is drawn on this issue and i am sure if enough of us do this, then something will get published eventually. It might not help us get our data back, but it will ensure nobody else has to go through the rubbish we have.

Oh and the details of my drive for the list (bear in mind it was not delivered or installed till about 10 days after purchase):
9QM717SF:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09114:KRATSG:13Oct2008:14Dec2008:PrOdiGy1

Edited by PrOdiGy1, 08 January 2009 - 01:27 PM.


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Hmm, from the list of drives so far, this seems to be affecting only 500GB drives. I wonder if there is a particular amount of capacity that gets hit before the drive "flips it's wig"?

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My drive is a 1TB Seagate ST1000340AS with the issue of BSY and not detected in BIOS. (My drive is at home, so I need to update the other information later).

It was pretty much full though - 900GB out of 931GB in use.

Hmm, from the list of drives so far, this seems to be affecting only 500GB drives. I wonder if there is a particular amount of capacity that gets hit before the drive "flips it's wig"?



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In my case I was using about 8% of the total available 465GB (only OS files).

Hmm, from the list of drives so far, this seems to be affecting only 500GB drives. I wonder if there is a particular amount of capacity that gets hit before the drive "flips it's wig"?



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Hopefully those with the ST31000333AS don't get this problem.

http://datacent.com/...te/ST31000333AS

:whistle:


This site is ridiculous, just put any s***ty model and the page will be created dynamically with the chosen model, even if the model doesn't exist.


Yep! I realized the same thing!!! It does mention the BIOS boot problem too... Does this mean their service is going to be great?
:rolleyes:

Edited by mikesw, 08 January 2009 - 02:16 PM.


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Back on the seagate forum, I have read about a couple cases where the drive seems to be intermittantly detected by the BIOS.

Anyone boot up their BSY 7200.11 drive a couple hundred times to see if they can get in?

I only need 10 minutes of detection to get back the data I need. The rest is expendible....




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