Recently this past year Seagate was one of the first companies to release a 1.5 TB drive. However, having this claim to fame doesn’t have much flack when you have an alarming number of the models failing. From personal experience, my dilemma started in January when for a birthday present i was surprised with a 1.5 TB drive to upgrade my 500GB drive (also a Seagate).
Less than a month in the drive began to make a clicking noise and locking up for 30 seconds or more. I promptly went to Seagate, got an RMA request and got a replacement drive. Everything seemed ok until April rolled around and my 1 TB Drive started exhibiting the exact same problem minus the clicking. Now familiar with the RMA process i returned the drive, this time to my surprise it was a “Certified Repaired” drive…(this is what i pay good money for..a failed drive that has been ‘fixed?!). The 1TB drive now has Windows 7 RTM on it and is running great to my surprise. One Week after getting this drive back, I’m back where i started, the 1.5TB drive with CC1H firmware (checking the Seagate site it claims its not affected..i beg to differ) This time transfer rates are on par with the speed of a 56k modem..
Needless to say i am ASHAMED of Seagate. A company that has had my heart and loyalty for over 10 years all thrown away with this deplorable excuse of a product. Frankly i am surprised there isn’t a class action law suit yet. Needless to say i am really pondering weather or not to send the 1.5 drive back..The money i have wasted on RMA-ing these drives could have bought me a Western Digital drive or a Samsung drive which i hear are doing quite well. To those of you considering buying Seagate drives in the near future, stay away from the 1TB and 1.5TB models…at least until they get them fixed.
Shameful Seagate, absolutely shameful..I’d be replacing each of these failing drives with the 7200.12’s or the ES2’s…yet you don’t. You have lost my business.
Update: User’s experiencing problems with this drive model as i have, please go here to take part in a Class Action Lawsuit against Seagate and their faulty 7200.11 drives. http://www.kbklawfirm.com/seagate/index.php
Creative… the once prominent company which had such a following with gamers for their resilient sound cards. The problem started when I bought a brand new Creative X-Fi Fatality Professional series card. The creative name was a name of success. At least that was until I migrated my setup to Windows Vista shortly after RTM. Thinking i would enjoy the same sound quality as i did on XP with my Audigy 2, I went to creatives website and downloaded their drivers for Windows Vista..what i got was a crackling and popping $149 piece of crap. During the span of Windows Vista’s life cycle..The face of creative has changed. They simply do not care to support Vista, or solve any of the problems that their cards are having. Instead they blame Nvidia, at the time a motherboard chipset maker who made the successful NForce 4 chipset for the AMD CPU.
Recently i wanted to try my luck again and stumbled upon a man who decided to become a one man wreaking crew. Daniel_K , managed to do what an entire crew at Creative couldn’t. Successfully tweak, fix and unlock the X-Fi Drivers so that they would work properly in Vista. After doing such a good service to his fellow die hard creative users, Creative went so far as to file a motion to sue them, the guy who basically saved your card and franchise from going belly up and you SUE him? I’d be offering the guy a metal of honor and a job to boot. Needless to say…I have since downloaded the SB X-Fi Prelude drivers that Daniel has released and have been running full speed 24-bit 192,000Hz in Vista SP1 AND Windows 7 7057…I have a new found love for my card now and do not have to worry that if i reboot weather or not it will snap,crackle, or pop. Thanks Daniel for all your hard work and being a die hard X-Fi user!
Hi everyone, Seems like I’ve been pretty busy. Well soon after I got my new router, my PC’s chipset on the DFI LanParty NF4 Ultra-D started going south and making an annoying noise. Seeing as how a bunch of people have replaced this annoying fan with an Evercool VC-RE I decided it was time I did the same. As you can see the cooler fits nicely and does an awesome job as far as cooling. I saw temp drops from 44-46C all the way down to 30C …this thing is a miracle for $7! Simply adding Arctic Silver 5 and this fan did wonders! Also while I had the case open I decided to also reapply my thermal compound under the Heatsink. The new way of applying it to dual core and quads allow for it to cool even more. Doing this I also saw my temps drop down to 27C …very nice.
This should definitely hold me over until I build my next rig later this year. I simply want to wait until the Yorktown’s and the beefed up Core2 Quads get better and better.
Router Update: Seeing as how I almost toasted my router less than a week ago, I was a little adamant about flashing it again.. DD-WRT RC-6 is successfully running on it and I LOVE it.
Believe it or not, after only 2 official days of having this router (WRT 350N). I now have to RMA it back t Newegg. I knew something was fishy when i tried to flash the firmware to the latest update which fixed some critical issues. Apparently after it got to 90% it failed. Thinking nothing of it and that there was some sort of failsafe in place..the router still functioned…until i restarted it today. My worst nightmare had just come true, not only did the flash fail but the router was now a 150 dollar brick. After trying multiple times to get it to respond by hard resetting it, and tftp into it…all hope was lost. I sadly put my newly purchased gigabit wireless N router back into the box, requested the RMA information from newegg and is now packaged up and ready to go to california to be replaced….
Lessons learned from this experience:
- Linksys firmware is crap..
- wondering why theres not a failsafe back up like motherboards have now…seriously can it not be put on a router?
- DD WRT is by far the best firmware and i should have flashed it with that instead of the linksys update.
Good thing my wife is understanding…and realizes it wasnt entirely my fault.. but she did give me this funny look after i told her my router was broken…oh well..now to wait on a replacement
UPDATE: Well some great news! No need to RMA it , i figured out a way to Un-brick it and it worked… *Stupid linksys firmware*