[mythtv-users] Dec 2008 - State of the Art - Hard DriveRecommendations?

Brian Phillips brian.phillips at gmx.net
Wed Dec 17 15:26:11 UTC 2008

Michael T. Dean wrote:
> On 12/17/2008 09:00 AM, Alex Butcher wrote:
>>  I've never had a problem, but Seagate's NCQ/cache flush issues with
>> recent models - notably their 1.5TB drives - makes this worth keeping
>> an eye on. Note, however, that Seagate's current issue is a firmware
>> problem, and applies (to a lesser extent) to some of their smaller
>> drives too.
> ...
>>  Until the beginning of January:
>>  - Seagate for the warranty, and hope they fix their NCQ/cache flush
>> issue
> Seagate has a new firmware that fixes the affected drives (
> http://techreport.com/discussions.x/15863 ).  I've applied it to the
> two affected drives of my three 1.5TB HDD's. 
> Note that you can only (legitimately) get the firmware update by
> calling Seagate.  You can not get it through the online chat help. 
> (And, though I've heard it can be found online in dark corners of the
> Internet, do you really want to trust the /firmware/ of a harddrive
> to whatever some person uploads.)    


Newegg has the firmware download linked under their "product tour" of the
affected drives.  It's not what I'd call a dark corner myself but maybe you
prefer tigerdirect :P

That said, I heard a forum post in an obscure forum that the updated
firmware slowed read speeds.  Can you tell a difference pre and post
firmware upgrade?  I doubt the idea of the slowed read speeds, but I'm just
wanting to be sure.


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