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Old 5th November 2008, 16:42   #1
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Default 1.5TB Barracuda users complain of random freezes

Seagate's 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive didn't particularly enthrall us when we reviewed it last month, but we didn't run into show-stopping problems on our Windows XP-powered test rig. Judging by several forum threads—including an eight-page discussion on Seagate's own support forums—users of Linux, Mac OS X, and even Windows Vista aren't so lucky.

The starter of the Seagate forum thread, who identified himself as Nick, said his Ubuntu 8.04 PC started suffering intermittent 30-second freezes after he upgraded his mirrored RAID setup with two 1.5TB Barracudas. "Each time it freezes the kernel log indicates an error 'ata frozen', 'resetting' and the command looks to be a flush-cache-to-disk command," he explained. A good number of other users replied complaining of similar problems, and by sound of it, the freezes typically occur when streaming recorded TV shows or movies and transferring data to or from the Internet at slow speeds (70-100KB/s). One responder's log suggests RAID controllers mark freezing drives as faulty and disable them, too. Nick claimed he was able to work around the issue by turning off write caching, but unsurprisingly, someone else reported a significant performance drop after trying that solution.
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