Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014.He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.If you have any problems and your drive matches one of the models listed in this article, and a serial number check shows the drive is affected, please contact us via email.A firmware issue has been identified that relates to a small number of Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive models which may result in data becoming inaccessible after a power-off/on operation. Use the following tools and instructions to determine if you have one of the related products.Seagate has issued an official statement today, acknowledging all recent problems with some Barracuda 7200.11 drives.Based on the information posted in the company's forums here, select Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB 3.5-inch hard drives made in Thailand, suffer from a firmware issue that bricks the HDDs after a short period of time.After three to five months of normal operation these defective hard drives will suddenly lock-up as a protective measure and prevent the system from recognizing the drive from then onwards.
As Seagate does not warrant the data on your drive, in addition to regular back-ups, if possible, your data should be backed up before upgrading the drive firmware.This package provides the Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002/ST320DM000/ST250DM000 Firmware Update and is supported on Opti Plex, XPS Desktop, Inspiron Desktop, Precision and Vostro Desktop models that are running the following Windows Operating Systems: Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Enhancements- Enhanced Power Up In Standby (PUIS) feature.PUIS is SATA hard disk configuration which prevents the drive from automatic spin-up when power is applied.The spin-up occurs later by ATA command only, when the disc is needed, to conserve electric power.- Enhanced drive stability under extremely heavy workload. Remove any files that you need from the USB Flash Drive before you move to next step. 3.1 Plug the USB flash drive created in the step 2 into the system that needs to be updated.This file contains a compressed (or zipped) set of files. 2.2 Double click the Sea Boot Builder_Dell_Pharoh_KC47 2.3 Select the USB Flash Drive letter, check the box that states "This will wipe out your USB, ok to create ". 2.4 When "Installation Complete" shows at the top on the screen, close the program. 3.2 Press F12 when power up the system and choose the USB device as boot device. While the firmware is updating, please don't turn off the computer.3.