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

John Drescher drescherjm at gmail.com
Wed Dec 17 15:50:42 UTC 2008

On Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 10:47 AM, Alex Butcher <mythlist at assursys.co.uk> wrote:
> On Wed, 17 Dec 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.
> Cool; The last I saw was a patchset for the Linux kernel this week that said
> that the bug existed on firmware revisions SD15 through to SD19 inclusive.
> The upstream kernel now includes a blacklist of such model/firmware
> combinations and disables NCQ on such examples when they're detected. That
> does, however, appear to be at odds with that pages, which indicates that
> SD18 was the last firmware revision to be affected.
>> 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 on their product page.


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