[mythtv-users] Dec 2008 - State of the Art - Hard Drive Recommendations?
martin.bene at icomedias.com
Thu Dec 18 09:55:15 UTC 2008
> So, to comment on some of the other things people have said in this
> thread (maybe we should break off a separate thread just about this
> (a) Yes, Newegg has firmware for -one- type of drive on their site,
> but there are at least -two- different firmwares, depending on
> your drive! So just snagging it off their site could well brick
> your drive. (Or so say other people in their reviews, etc.)
OK, some more info on this: I had one of the defective drives (PN xxx-300, Firmware SD17)and started looking because I experienced the "drive freezing Problem" and got the update from seagate.
Seagate is known to have handed out two firmware versions:
SD1A, in an ISO File "Brinks-4D8H-SD1A.ISO" which can be used to update:
- Model ST31500341AS
- Part Nr.: 9JU138-300 or 9JU138-336
- Firmware: SD15 to SD19
CC1H for update of:
- Model ST31500341AS
- Part Nr.: 9JU138-301
- Firmware CC1?
I have recently received drives with PN 9JU138-301 and Firmware CC1G that definitely do not have the problem.
> (b) Ignoring the whole firmware issue (since in theory that's
> resolvable with some interaction w/Seagate, irritating though it
> may be that it's required): there are a TON of people complaining
> about click-click-click-FAILURE of this drive. -That-s' the issue
> that worries me. A lot were within the first day or so; some were
> as far as 2-3 months out (which is actually a whole lot worse).
> They seem unrelated to the firmware version in use. There are
> a hell of a lot of "ordered 4, 2 were DOA and wouldn't even spin
> up and hung the machine" sorts of reports as well.
I have now got 14 of these drives (1x SD17 updated to SD1A, 13x CC1G). Issues so far:
- Firmware problem with the SD17 Drive
- one reallocated sector reported by smart on one of the CC1G drives
No further problems, no klicking, no failures.
> (d) Many people claim that they need new -BIOS-/motherboard firmware
> to get Nvidia-based motherboards to see past the first 1TB of the
> drive. However, I'm unsure if this might only affect -Vista- and
> not Linux. Anyone know? I'm hoping this won't affect the brand-new
> motherboard I just got that this drive would go into, but searches
> have been inconclusive. (New one is MSI K9N2G Neo-FD; an old one
> that might get these drives later is an EPoX EP-9NPA3ULTRA which
> -can't- get new a BIOS 'cause EpOX went under a year ago or so.)
Linux doesnt't really care if the BIOS can see the whole drive or not; if you want to boot off the disk make sure you use a small boot partition at the start of the disk; otherwise you should be fine as long as the bios doesn't crash when processing the disk.
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