06-06-2010 10:08 AM - edited 06-08-2010 09:16 AM
ADDED: based on a single report, I wrote the following. Seagate says the number checker has not changed. It would be useful to know if any other users could replicate fausto412's experience. Otherwise, the best expanation is that fausto412's first test didn't work for some other reason. I appologize to Seagate for making this posting so definite originally. END OF ADDITION.
18 months ago, a firmware flaw was found in many 7200.11 drives. If the "BSY bug" hits you, your drive will no longer work. This has been discussed exhaustively in this forum. See the sticky messages.
You may well wonder if your particular drive is subject to this bug. There are two cases where you might be interested.
The best way I know to check if your is subject to the bug is to use the serial number checker. That can be found on this page http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/
According to a report by fausto412 http://forums.seagate.com/t5/Desktop-ATA-and-Seria
As far as I can recollect, Seagate has never told us that the checker has changed. Scary.
Seagate: when have you changed the checker? What are the changes?
Do check your drive serial number again: even though it once said your drive was OK, it might warn you otherwise now.
06-06-2010 10:49 AM
i am not kidding man, i checked last year and the checking thing told me my drive was not affected...i have been reading this board for 3 days now...i've run into posts saying that the checker was wrong in the beginning for some people...like me. i sent my drive to i365 to see if they fix it. if they do i will update all the threads i posted a msg in when i get it back and working.
who knows, if i had come back a month ago to check maybe my drive would be working today.
06-08-2010 07:24 AM
I checked with the makers of the checker tool, and they said it has not been changed.