Friday, January 23, 2009

Seagate firmware upgrade wreaks havoc with 500GB HDDs

The firmware upgrade Seagate provides to fix the problem with 1TB Barracuda drives seems to work, except that when you've got the 500GB Barracuda, it bricks your disk.

It's yet another case of lack of testing... their test engineers probably weren't curious enough to think "What if we tried the firmware on a system that also has 500GB drives?" Unlike what many people imagine, test engineers are more than just script monkeys - they've got to figure out ways to break something that seems to work perfectly.

No comments: