I checked for that too. Believe me, I've checked every "generic" solution I know of. I am almost positive the fault is with Seagate (either faulty drive, faulty firmware, or lack of hardware compatibility). Or maybe VIA, because I like to blame stuff on them
Or maybe as a very remote possibility, is anyone who is having this problem partitioning their HD? I have it split into 12Gb, 24Gb, and 77Gb partitions... I seriously doubt this is the problem, but you never know, since it is a non-standard config. Maybe they just expect you do just use one 113Gb partition.
I'd like to add that I've tested this under W2k Pro SP2, SP3, and WinXP Pro SP1, and the drive is short-bus slow on every single one of them. All partitions are formatted with NTFS, but this drive was supposed to have GOOD NTFS performance, sheez.