|June 1st, 2010|
I just wanted to share my thanks for a fellow Canadian by the name of Carter who has posted a helpful article on fixing Seagate 7200.11 Series Hard Drives. I had one of these drives myself which went belly-up. I was about to ship the drive off to Seagate for a warranty replacement and lose any un-backed-up data on it, when I came across his tutorial. It saved me dozens hours of recreating existing work.
If you've bought a Seagate drive sometime between November 2008 and say, now, take a peek and see what series the drive is. If it's a 7200.11, head over to Seagate and perform a firmware update STAT! The bug that causes these drives to be unreadable is fairly random, and affects the drive on power-on - in other words, if you have the right drive series, and the right firmware, your PC is basically a time-bomb of fail.
Thanks again, Carter!