“Seagate broke the terabyte barrier with a 1.5TB version of its Barracuda 7200.11, but soon after its release, users of the drive started experiencing random freezing. A firmware update has since corrected the issue, and we’ve taken it for a quick spin to see if there’s a performance hit.”
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Source: The Tech Report
The new SD1A firmware for the 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda is intended to fix the intermittent freezing that is plaguing those who bought one of these large drives. The fix it’s self works fine, but The Tech Report wanted to test for any unforeseen consequences the fix may have caused. They checked the speed through a large array of testing, even testing for changes in noise and power requirements. Long story short, the fix had no appreciable effect on anything but the problem it was intended to solve.