Seagate 7200.11 - ST31000333AS CC1F - Clicks during POST
I have one of the Seagate 7200.11 drives that is supposedly "not affected" by the firmware issue. My drive came with CC1F firmware and no updates are available. The drive is a data drive only, no operating system ect...
A few days ago I re-started my PC and the 7200.11 did not operate normally; it clicked approximately 11 times during POST then was not listed in Windows. I re-started the PC again and the 11 clicks have repeated each time. A call to Seagate was not helpful; they will not offer advice if the drive clicks or if it does not appear correctly in the BIOS.
During one of the re-boots the drive came up in the BIOS as listed below; the odd part is that when it does/did this it was listed as a 4.# Gb drive in the BIOS and an unformatted 4.# under disk management in Windows.
Model #: ST_M13FQBL
I have read hundreds of post regarding the firmware issues however i am concerned that i may have a different issue or a variant. Several other users of the ST31000333AS CC1F have reported the clicking issue on the Seagate forums with not good answers.
I have neglected backing up the drive for over a year (stupid i know) so i realize that i will be paying for recovery. I am a bit of an electronics hobbyist but i am concerned that my attempts to connect to the drive will potentially eliminate the ability for a recovery firm to get my data back.
1. Any suggestions on why the drive would only click during POST?
2. Any suggestions on a recovery firm to use that won't take advantage of me?
Any help is appreciated.
These are the symptoms, pretty much exactly for me. I gather from reading this forum that i do not have either of the 2 bugs standard to this drive which are easily repairable?
Its not worth 800 dollars or so to recover the data to me personally, but it is always a sad day when you lose a hard drive with lots of work on it. Ill see if i can at least get an RMA. I do have several identical drives bought around the same time. Would just have to take them all out of machines and look at dates etc.