Hmmm... I don`t think so.
Fujitsu MPDxxx drives has own specific problems, but it different from
described Fujitsu MPG3xxxAx bugs.
In Russia, most of HDD repairers call IBM 75GXP drives (DTLA-3070xx
series) as "Woodpecker" because of the nice ;-) sound when the drive try
to retrain defective sectors on R/W operration. 8-)
The basic problems with 75GXP drives:
1) Faulty contact with PCB and disk enclosure (DE). The best solution
in this case is soldering the contact pad on the back side of the PCB.
2) This drives has MANY firmware revision with stupid (oooppsss!) bugs -
in some cases while drive process a WRITE command it damage one
or more SA modules in firmware zone (!). Of course, after this
drive can`t to initialize and BIOSes (and utils too) report the "Drive
not detected". This bug corrected on the last firmware updates.
3) Incorrect functioning of S.M.A.R.T. off-line test. The way to skip
problem - disable S.M.A.R.T. operation.
WBR, Mishail Mavritsin
HDD Service Engineer
Very interesting stuff. Can you possibly post the firmware version that fixes the problems?
I have a 30GB 75GXP, that had old firmware, so I flashed it with the newest OEM firmware, to supposedly fix those bugs, and then it died a month later. It has errors in the sectors used to store the error logs and remapping info! It would really be a shame, if those drives are in fact, basically sound, except for the software (firmware) bugs present. I like the drives otherwise, they are fast, cool, and quiet.
I think Fujitsu Co. is not takes pleasure if I post patched firmwares.
Do you know about big fiasco of Fujitsu MPG`s drives ?