This post is about a friend who had a faulty (firmware bug) hard disk replaced by Seagate…
A few months ago she bought a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500 GB loaded with firmware SD15. This specific firmware is known to be buggy and Seagate has provided a firmware upgrade for them, but of course she had no idea about that bug. Everything was OK until one day, suddenly, the BIOS couldn’t detect the disk. It didn’t take her long to find out the cause of the problem…
After several failed attempts to upgrade her firmware following the instructions placed at Seagate’s site she decided to send her disk to Greek companies that specialized on data recovery. One of them broke the seals of her disk but failed(!!) to do anything else. The other companies, asked a serious amount of money, 200-1000 Euros(!!!) in order to handle her case/take a preliminary look at the disk.
Fed up with those companies she finally decided to contact Seagate herself and she was given instructions via telephone to complete the online application form for technical support and data recovery.
The very next day, a courier took her disk, delivered it to Seagate Labs at Amsterdam and within a week, she had her disk brought back, totally repaired, with all her data intact(!!). Everything was free and her data was saved.
So the next time you have a hard disk problem, especially if it is a Seagate disk, contact Seagate before contacting these “specialized data recovery companies”. sigh.