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Re: [tlug] Seagate Firmware Bug.

Francois Cartegnie wrote:
> Le lundi 2 février 2009, Edward Middleton a écrit :
>> It is probably not news to anyone, but in case you hadn't heard, a
>> number of Barracuda 7200.11, ES.2 SATA, and DiamondMax 22 Drives have a
>> firmware bugs which can cause them to stop booting[1] permanently.
> The problem also occurs from 160GB size drives... that's bigger than just the 
> 1TB 7200.11 series problem !
> Then, they do provide warnings and fixes for these series but... what about 
> external drives ? (Maxtor One Touch, Seagate Go...)
> They also might include those faulty drives, and seagate might not want to 
> advertise about it as there's no way to update their firmware or check drive 
> S/N (afaik without unsealing/breaking cases and voiding warranty).

Well external drives are a bit of a bad joke anyway.  They almost
universally have insufficient cooling and don't provide smart support.
I also question the wisdom of making an inherently shock sensitive
device portable.

>> There is a web page[2] that you can check whether your drive is
>> effected.  You can get the model and serial number using smartctl i.e.
>> # smartctl -a /dev/sda | head
> find /sys/devices -name model | xargs cat
> All drives and faster :)

You also need the serial number and that seems to be different from the
serial file in the same directory.


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