Normally not an item on my blog, but after reading numerous alarming reports concerning fatal failures in Seagate Barracuda 7200.11, ES.2 SATA, and DiamondMax 22 Drives, with total data lost as result, here an alert for these Seagate Drives.
Seagate is playing down the issue, but reality is different……In particular the 1TB, 750GB and 500GB (ST31000340AS, ST3500320AS, ST3750330AS) units are failing at an alarming rate and prompting outrage from their customers.
According to AtomicPC: A new self-bricking feature apparently resides in faulty firmware microcode which will rear its ugly head sometime at boot detection. Essentially the drive will be working as normal for a while, then – out of the blue – it’ll brick itself to death. The next time you reboot your computer the drive will simply lock itself up as a failsafe and won’t be detected by the BIOS. In other words, there’s power, spin-up, but no detection to enable booting.
RMA and Data Recovery Centres are also reporting that there’s a very high rate of failure on these drives. One user in particular reports having set up a 6 TB drive array and over the course of 1 month having half the drives fail on him. No official stats are available, but at least one RMA middleman has told us there’s about 30-40 per cent failure rates.
According to data recovery experts Seagate has diagnosed the problem and issued a new firmware to address it. However, drives that have already been affected can’t have the firmware applied to them due to their locked-down status.Over a month into the problem Seagate had still not come back to customers with an official solution. Despite the company updating the firmware on newer drives, it has issued no recall on the firmware-defective drives that are still on shop shelves.Drive origin and firmware seem to be Thailand and SD15, but at least one user reports having had identical problems with a unit from the Wuxi(ng) fab and the SD35 firmware.
Urgent advice: update the firmware of concerning drives NOW! If you have the intention to buy a new drive, don’t buy one of mentioned Seagate drives (see survey below)! These (possible) firmware-defective drives are still on shop shelves…..
This alert concern the Seagate drives ST31000340AS ST31000340NS STM31000340AS ST3750330AS ST3750330NS STM3750330AS
ST3750630AS ST3500320NS STM3500320AS ST3640330AS ST3250310NS STM31000334AS ST3640530AS STM3320614AS
ST3500320AS STM3160813AS ST3500620AS ST3500820AS ST31500341AS ST31000333AS ST3640323AS ST3640623AS
ST3320613AS ST3320813AS ST3160813AS.
Firmware download of mentioned firmware-defective drives: http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207931
Author: Greg Shultz / TechRepublic
If you are encountering unpredictable errors, lockups, or BSODs in Windows Vista, chances are that your system is suffering from the effects of a faulty third-party driver. As you know, the device drivers that come with Microsoft Windows Vista have a digital signature that indicates that the driver has met a certain level of testing and that it has not been altered. You also know that any hardware that carries a Certified for Windows Vista logo will come with drivers that have a digital signature from Microsoft that indicates that the product was tested for compatibility with Windows Vista.
However, not all third-party hardware manufacturers are willing to take the time and effort to submit their products to Microsoft for certified testing and aren’t really interested in having a digital signature from Microsoft assigned to their drivers. And, unfortunately, uncertified drivers are a big source of problems in Vista.
Fortunately, Vista comes with a great utility called the Driver Verifier Manager. While not a new utility (it came with Windows 2000 and Windows XP), the version that comes with Vista has some new features that make it easier to use. In this edition of the Windows Vista Report, I’ll show you how to use the Driver Verifier Manager to troubleshoot driver problems in Windows Vista:
Source / How to use the Driver Verifier Manager: TechRepublic
Welcome to the Windows 7 Beta Customer Preview Program
Published: January 2009
– Learn about Windows 7 Beta
– Test Windows 7 Beta in your lab environment
– Stay informed on updates and resources
Windows 7 is…
the next release of the Windows client operating system, built on the secure foundation of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Performance, reliability, security, and compatibility are core tenets of this release as we collect your feedback to meet our engineering goals of making Windows 7 the best-performing and most stable Windows operating system to date. New innovations in the product are designed to augment your ability as an IT professional to better provision and manage increasingly mobile PCs, protect data, and improve both end-user and personal productivity.
See Windows 7 for yourself
We are inviting IT professionals around the world to work with the Windows 7 Beta in their lab environments and secondary PCs to help ensure smooth adoption when the final product is available and to gather feedback from real-world settings.
How can you get involved?
1. Take a look at some of the new features and functionality in Windows 7 as part of our Springboard Series guidance on the Windows Client TechCenter on TechNet. As a partner you can also see additional resources on the Microsoft Partner Program portal.
2. Download the Beta for a hands-on trial. For a limited time, Microsoft is making this pre-release version of Windows 7 available to the first 2.5 million people who download. Ready to take a test drive? You can get one by trying the Windows 7 Beta. We think you’ll have the best experience if:
– You are willing to participate as an active beta tester and provide feedback to help us complete Windows 7.
– You have an extra computer available to dedicate to testing beta software.
– You can back up your PC, install and reinstall Windows, and reconfigure your home network connection.
– You’re comfortable troubleshooting your own PC problems. There’s no technical support available for the Beta.
– You understand how to burn an ISO file to a DVD using your computer’s DVD burner.
– You have a system recovery disc and know how to use it.
– You enjoy participating in an interactive community of beta testers, sharing experiences and feedback in real-time.
Microsoft isn’t providing technical support for the Beta and isn’t responsible for business-related downtime. Don’t install the Beta on your primary home or work computer. When the Beta expires on August 1, 2009, you’ll need to reinstall a released version of Windows to keep using your computer. (See Installation Instructions.)
These are the Microsoft minimum hardware recommendations for systems that will be running the Windows 7 Beta. These recommendations are specific to the beta release and are subject to change:
– Processor: 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
– Memory: 1 GB of system memory
– Hard drive: 16 GB of available disk space
– Video card: Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128MB memory (in order to enable Aero theme)
– Drive: DVD-R/W drive
– Internet connection (to download the Beta and get updates)
Note: Some product features of Windows 7, such as the ability to watch and record live TV or navigation through the use of “touch”, may require advanced or additional hardware.
To learn more, see Windows 7 Beta: Frequently Asked Questions.
Thank you for participating in this beta program and helping us build the best operating system for you and your end users.
– this is beta software, use at your own risk
– the downloads are provided via the official Microsoft channels
– downloadlinks are checked and working
Microsoft Windows 7 Beta Customer Preview Program and downloads: Microsoft TechNet