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  1. #16
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    Re: Seagate "smartdrive" Technology says Hard Drive is About to go Kaput

    Quote Originally Posted by antikythera
    ...a bootable media option for applying the firmware update...
    Elected to go with bootable media, burned the 6mb update to CD. Booted it and guess what ...
    the boot application, designed by Seagate(!), did not recognize the Seagate Harddrive.

    (Yes I unhooked the other drives and read the readme-instructions on the bootable media to make certain Seagate provided accurate informaiton about the installation of their firmware-update, before starting the installation of the firmware itself.)

    Now it looks like I will have to drag out windows (the dastardly OS), and try that option.

    Again I am hoping to do firmware-updates on hardward from the Linux-Fedora 27 platform or linux/unix command prompt. Any help much appreciated.
    Last edited by fordpie; 14th January 2018 at 11:25 PM.

  2. #17
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    Re: Seagate "smartdrive" Technology says Hard Drive is About to go Kaput

    Quote Originally Posted by leigh123linux
    gnome-disk-utility has a neat smart gui
    Thanks leigh123linux. That is a clean gui. Its what first showed up after I moved the data to the Seagate drive and tried then after to boot from the Seagate drive (which is also where I have Fedora operating as the OS of choice). It contained the warning messages indicated above. To open this in the terminal (type):
    # gnome-disks

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    Re: Seagate "smartdrive" Technology says Hard Drive is About to go Kaput

    Hi Fordpie

    I was getting the errors during reboot, I looked at Smartctl -a and saw a very large number of ECC error recoveries and something about dma not working. I was lucky to find a replacement deal. I am in Canada and I was able to buy a replacement drive for $50.00. I kept the barracuda around for future testing. If I recall, Canadian prices are typially 1.5x USA prices.

    I put the barracuda into an external backup case, errors messages disappeared. But I don't trust the drive as a backup unit.
    Leslie in Montreal

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    Re: Seagate "smartdrive" Technology says Hard Drive is About to go Kaput

    Dear Fordpie,

    I've the same disk with the same error. There are so many bad sectors that the replacement table is exhausted.
    I copied /dev/zero to the drive, and at the end it started rattling, probably it had to jump 4000 times to the spare sectors...
    I would not trust the drive anymore... Is the problem the firmware update fixes anyhow related to this smart problem?

    Kind regards,
    H.Janssen
    Alkmaar
    The Netherlands

  5. #20
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    Re: Seagate "smartdrive" Technology says Hard Drive is About to go Kaput

    Hi HJ.
    Normally, the 1 terrabyte drive delivered to my home is $75.00 including Taxes. It was posted on sale for $50.00 with $5.00 shipping. Its a WD blue, 1 terrabyte.

    It is also the last spinner disk that I will buy. Any of my next purchases will be for SSD's. They are dropping in price and offering ample storage capacity.
    Leslie in Montreal

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    http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showth...40#post1697840

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