05-14-2012 04:28 AM - last edited on 05-14-2012 11:50 AM by AskTheLeaf
Sorry it's taken me a while to come back on this. I have only found two of the drives, and, like the other one, 500GB SATA, details as follows:
Barracuda 7200.12 500GB, S/N: [ Edited to comply with forum guidelines ], Firmware: CC38, Date Code: 10267, Failed: Mar 2012
Barracuda 7200.11 500GB, S/N: [ Edited to comply with forum guidelines ], Firmware: HP24, Date Code: 09223, Failed: Feb 2012
Note: In all cases there were no symptoms prior to failure such as anything to suggest surface degradation or inaccessible sectors etc., and none of the usual culprits: power spikes, mechanical shock, etc...
PS. I've been reading the label: 300G is an awful lot of deceleration. I'd love to see the testing rig for that!
05-14-2012 04:35 AM
Can't say for the CC38 one, but the HP one might be an SD15 hidden behind the HP24 FW, you'll need to look on HP for info with that as them and Dell take Seagate drives and alter and rename the FW's.
05-25-2012 03:44 AM
Getting anything out of HP is a non-starter.
I have left the CC38 one connected a spare SATA slot on this PC and did manage to achieve access for about 5 minutes before it crashed out in the middle of a file transfer. It's now developed a new trait: if I attempt to access it just makes a pulsed high pitched whiring noise. I have noticed the time it takes to fail, which is generally not long enough to achieve anything useful, is temperature dependant (i.e. it only works for a short while if the ambient temp is below about 10C, or, in US Farenheit speak: It only works outdoors in Winter)
05-25-2012 05:09 AM - edited 05-25-2012 05:10 AM