Firmware Fix for Problematic Barracuda 7200.11 Hard Drives

Seagate has issued an official statement today, acknowledging all recent problems with some Barracuda 7200.11 drives. Based on the information posted in the company's forums, select Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB 3.5-inch hard drives made in Thailand, suffer from a firmware issue that bricks the HDDs after a short period of time. After three to five months of normal operation these defective hard drives will suddenly lock-up as a protective measure and prevent the system from recognizing the drive from then onwards. In most cases the information won't be lost, but the drive will be completely useless, changing the drive's electronics won't help much either. This problem occurs not only to the 1TB Barracuda models, but to Seagate 1.5TB, 640GB, 500GB, 320GB and 160GB Barracuda 7200.11 drives, along with some Maxtor and ES.2 models. That's pretty disturbing, but now Seagate will provide its customers with an updated firmware if their drive is problematic.

See link below for firmware update and list of affected models.

http://www.techpowerup.com/82331/Seagate_Offers_Firmware_Fix_for_All_Problematic_Barracuda_7200.11_Hard_Drives.html

Ughh... I just got my friend a Seagate 500GB Sata disk... :(

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!! (Read Carefully)

The new SD1A firmware promised to take away the pain even though it did not solve the problem for people whose drives were already KIA. It would - according to the company - avoid the bricking feature before it happened, but adding insult to already injured customers, there are reports streaming in to our inboxes of users who have attempted the firmware flash and have ended up with bricked drives.

Seagate has hastily removed the doubly-offending firmware before any more customers get their drives killed and is advising that a new firmware will be ready in 24-48 hours time. Naturally, if the drives are already bricked there won't be much you can do in terms of applying new firmware - RMA seems to be the only solution right now.

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/530/1050530/seagate-bungles-firmware-update

*sighs*

Seagate seriously needs to get its act straight.

#$%# man my harddrive is affected. what to do now?

i am considering buying new HDD, seagate was my preferred choice but now i am not so sure. what causes this problem and what percentage of drives get affected ?

check this page for list of affected drives

http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207931

i just upgraded to most recent firmware. Seagate removed the faulty firmware and put the latest one on its site.