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    New Seagate 1TB-platter drives.

    Hi, here my update. Almost 2 years later both Seagate Barracudas 2TB drives failed. The first in April/May 2014 and luckily replaced by another disk from a different manufacturer, the second two days ago. The disks were in a RAID 1 array and very lightly used. In the meantime Seagate remodeled the forums deleting all the discussion about drive failures and the specific problem. For me no more Seagate/Maxtor/Samsung HDDs.
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    New Seagate 1TB-platter drives.

    A quick update: Seagate issued a FW update for those drives that appearently resolves the "chirp" issue but I've not yet experimented with it (need the time to open the NAS) Have a look here: http://forums.seagate.com/t5/Barracuda-XT-Barracuda-Barracuda/ANNOUNCEMENT-New-firmware-update-for-Barracuda-1TB-platter/td-p/162362 Will post news...
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    New Seagate 1TB-platter drives.

    Hi everybody. New poster, but old HDD user, with some knowledge. I just came over from a discussion that we have at Seagates forum trying to figure out if there is a design problem that could potentially lead to malfunction and data loss on Seagate 1TB platter drives. old thread: http://forums.seagate.com/t5/Barracuda-XT-Barracuda-Barracuda/3TB-Barracuda-STBD3000100-Making-Weird-quot-chirp-quot-Sound/td-p/156353 new thread: http://forums.seagate.com/t5/Barracuda-XT-Barracuda-Barracuda/2TB-ST2000DM001-3TB-STBD3000100-Barracudas-Making-Weird-quot/td-p/161356 In few words: a lot of user noticed a strange sound coming randomly out of the drives: a "chirp" noise that would make the LOAD_CYCLE_COUNT SMART attribute rise. As some found out it's probably the APM fuction of the HDD (as OS independent) that parks the disk heads when no disk activity is requested. It's a "feature" that is turning out being very annoying and as the LOAD_CYCLE_COUNT is rapidly increasing, the "normal" 200.000 cycles a HDD is designed to resist is rapidly reached. As we don't know exactly how many drives are affected (a user suggested that ALL drives with advanced power management functions are affected) we are looking for new inputs and experiences. Seagate is appearently "investigating the case", but no official statement so far. Feel free to to share your thoughts.