Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive owners just can't seem to catch a break. Last week, Seagate revealed that a number of the drives (along with some Maxtor and ES.2 offerings) had a firmware "bricking" bug that could render them inoperable, and it said users could install a firmware update to eliminate the issue.
Well, according to a new thread on the Seagate forums, the new firmware can actually brick drives after a successful update. A number of folks are complaining of unusable Barracuda 7200.11 500GB drives (model number ST3500320AS) after installing the update, and one user has complained of a similar problem with a 1TB model. The drives reportedly become inaccessible, much like when the bug in the previous firmware version reared its head.
On the upside, several users have reported success flashing back to the AD14 firmware, which apparently predates the initial bug—and they say their data is intact. Others will probably want to get in touch with Seagate tech support and ask for that free data recovery service. (Thanks to TR reader Pete for the tip.)
|GeForce GTX 970 cards from MSI and Asus reviewed||23|
|IBM-GlobalFoundries deal faces regulatory hurdles||18|
|You can now pre-order Asus' $199 Win8.1 netbook||18|
|Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare needs 6GB of RAM and 55GB of storage||67|
|Gmail for Android 5.0 Lollipop to support non-Gmail accounts||17|
|Biostar mini PC combines Bay Trail quad with USB audio||12|
|GlobalFoundries to acquire IBM's microelectronics business||41|
|Forbes: Microsoft smartwatch to launch within 'next few weeks'||22|