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 Post subject: This is why i LOVE Seagate F3 arch drives.
PostPosted: October 7th, 2018, 15:41 
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I did just get this one .... PCB is OK, it does spin up the drive, I can backup ROM + have access to T> but the drive does make a HORRIBLE scratching / scrapping noise ....

I did get this out from terminal :

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New Skews Pharaoh 0F with VTPI,RAP16,Common Code 3
Product FamilyId: 3F, MemberId: 03
HDA SN: 6VP4MZSM, RPM: 7201, Wedges: 120, Heads: 4, Lbas: 74706DB0, PreampType:
71 23
PCBA SN: 0000E045248M, Controller: YETIST_3_*/4_0(649B)(3-12-3-3), Channel: AGER
E_COPPERHEAD_LITE, PowerAsic: MCKINLEY DESKTOP LITE Rev 13, BufferBytes: 2000000
Package Version: PH0G7B.CCD3.FV0284., Package P/N: 100618531, Package Builder ID
: AT,
Package Build Date: 03/12/2010, Package Build Time: 15:07:14, Package CFW Versio
n: PH0G.CCD3.00247208.AT00,
Package SFW1 Version: B76C, Package SFW2 Version: ----, Package SFW3 Version: --
--, Package SFW4 Version: ----
Controller FW Rev: 03121507, CustomerRel: CC38, Changelist: 00247208, ProdType:
PH0G.CCD3, Date: 03/12/2010, Time: 150714, UserId: 00236537
Servo FW Rev: B76C
RAP FW Implementation Key: 10, Format Rev: 0001, Contents Rev: A2 07 03 03
Features:
- Quadradic Equation AFH enabled
- VBAR with adjustable zone boundaries enabled
- Volume Based Sparing enabled
- IOEDC enabled
- IOECC enabled
- DERP Read Retries enabled
- LTTC-UDR2 enabled


This is a very nice 7200.12 (that i do love - NOT) and it wasn't open before. All labels + seals intact.

As i couldn't care less about the data (drive was given to me by a guy from a computer repair shop and considered as "garbage") i decided to take a peek inside (I GENERALY DON'T DO ANY CLEAN ROOM WORK) but because this one was sounding "funny" i decided to take a look ....

Here :

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And if you are going to ask ... NO , THE DRIVE WASN'T LEFT OPENED ON CLEAR AIR FOR DAYS .... This picture was taken on the precise moment i did open the drive so the damage that we can see on the picture was caused by heads scratching the platter and NOT by external dust .... Also check that air filter ....

bye-bye data ---

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PostPosted: October 7th, 2018, 15:45 
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And for the fun of it ... another photo !

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I think they should have used SpinRite/HddRegenerator on it a little bit more .... Who knows the drive might still spit up some data and somehow start to work normally again ...

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 Post subject: Re: This is why i LOVE Seagate F3 arch drives.
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These days, we are amazed to get a 7200.12 that doesn't look that bad.

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 Post subject: Re: This is why i LOVE Seagate F3 arch drives.
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lcoughey wrote:
These days, we are amazed to get a 7200.12 that doesn't look that bad.


It's sad because i still have 7200.10 drives working for many years now without any issue .... Those F3 arch are just junk .... they did stop making quality drives from 7200.11 and up .... Older Seagate drives used to be good and reliable ...

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 Post subject: Re: This is why i LOVE Seagate F3 arch drives.
PostPosted: October 9th, 2018, 18:18 
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I don't think so. Like example - crawford drives. Look like very good model.


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drHDD wrote:
I don't think so. Like example - crawford drives. Look like very good model.

Hmmm. Maybe its just my location, but I am seeing a big increase in Crawfords.

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 Post subject: Re: This is why i LOVE Seagate F3 arch drives.
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I had this increase half year ago. Usually it is drive from external box and usually drive showed problems because it was dropped or something like this.


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