Seagate firmware update causes trouble
Only recently Seagate hard drives of several series were affected by a firmware bug. Now the update firmware causes trouble too.
Several hard drives of different Seagate series caused a lot of trouble lately. Seagate identified the source of the problem and promised to deliver a new firmware that would solve it. According to the Knowledge Base, the affected devices were produced until December 2008.
In the meantime a new firmware version has been released. But many users reported to have encountered more problems. Especially the Barracuda 7200.11 with 500 GB capacity seems to be affected. Seagate removed the firmware update for this model (ST3500320AS) from the servers in order to check it again. The 750 and 1,000 GB versions of the Barracuda don't seem to be affected though.
The new firmware for the ST3500320AS has the version number SD1A, but according to user reports it causes reading failures. The hard drive is recognized by the BIOS during the boot procedure; thus further attempts to get access to stored data.
Currently it is recommended to use the older firmware version AD14. Check the [url=]Seagate website[/url] for more information and the latest updates.