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Re: Seagate disk problems (NCQ bug???)



On Monday 11 May 2009, Wolfgang S. Rupprecht wrote:
>"D. Hugh Redelmeier" <hugh mimosa com> writes:
>> "Wolfgang S. Rupprecht" <wolfgang rupprecht+gnus200904 gmail com>:
>> >After running flawlessly for 6+ months I just had my Seagate
>> >ST31500343AS (w. SD35 firmware) flake out.
>>
>> And so it goes.  I infer that this cycle goes on until the power is
>> turned off.
>
>Yes, the system gets progressively wonkier until it is rebooted.  At
>some point the drive just locks up hard and linux is dead in the water.
>
>The funny part is that I can't find anything on Seagate's site admitting
>to a problem with the version of the drive that I have.  There was some
>other guy with the same model and same firmware that also noticed the
>drive locking up once in a while.  Mine does it within 6 hours of me
>streaming data to the drive.  Seems that the data direction is very
>important.  It needs to be a write of several 1GB files for my system to
>lock up.
>
>At this point, I'd be happy to just turn off whatever feature is
>triggering the drives firmware bug.  I'd turn off NCQ from the linux end
>if there were any documentation on how to do it.
>
>-wolfgang
>--
>Wolfgang S. Rupprecht              http://www.full-steam.org/  (ipv6-only)
>         You may need to config 6to4 to see the above pages.

Seagate has a downloadable cd image that when burnt and run as a boot disk 
will survey the system and update any of their disks that need it.  No data 
loss was encountered when I did one of mine.

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