Seagate firmware update bricks 500GB HDDs

Just days since Seagate released a firmware update for a range of hard drives, which were hit by firmware bugs, Tom's Hardware reports that things don't look much brighter for hard drive giant Seagate. This time the problem is with the SD1A firmware update, for the 500GB hard drives in the 7200.11 series, which many unhappy customers have said completely bricks the hard drive.

The problem lies in the firmware update, which causes the drive to freeze up. As far as un-bricking the devices goes, there has been little success. Some have claimed that downgrading the firmware has fixed the problems, for the moment. Others have had no luck as of yet, and are awaiting a response from Seagate, who have taken the faulty firmware offline.

The complaints will have hurt Seagate's reputation further, after a similar issue a few days ago, with the 1.5TB hard drive issues, although most updates were successful then. The Seagate forums, filled with complaints and queries regarding the problems, have had no official solutions yet.

While there's no official word on when the firmware update will be released, users which are having the problem should keep an eye on the Seagate forums and knowledge base, where any solutions are likely to be posted first.

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