[Another] Momentus XT problem/s - Any help maybe?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kingoddball, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. kingoddball macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2011
    Been a long time lurker... First post :(

    I just installed a Seagate Momentux XT in my MBP (13"/2010 - 2 weeks old).

    When I placed it in, OSX didn't see it, I open disk utility (off OSX boot dvd), when to format to HFS. Failed. Dead.
    S.M.A.R.T failing, this drive can not be used/repaired blah blah... :mad:

    Then, reinstalling the original 250GB, I placed the XT into a usb case.
    Wrote Zero's to it and tried to format it to journaled case sensitive. 3 hours later, it was finished with zeroing, then FAILED after it said 'mounting' (somewhere in the format part), then OSX would not see it.
    I went to bed (fuming), got up, start again. USB and format to HFS.
    Installed the hdd into MBP, installed OSX (no backups/clones).

    It's "working" (using that word loosely), when I open disk util, it still says SMART failing blah blah.

    When I verify disk permissions - I had a hell of a lot of errors. I fixed them.
    Did it again and I constantly keep getting the same errors.
    I can repair, then I click verify and they're back AGAIN.

    This drive was SD23, I upgraded it to SD24 right away. Went perfectly.

    I purchased this drive from eBay, so a return is not really an option :mad:

    Also- this could be a HDD issue too - I have no keyboard backlights now! When I press the key (f6) I get the not there sign. FFS! :apple:

    2.4ghz c2d
    8GB Ram (corsair)


    Verify permissions for “MBP Hybrid”
    ACL found but not expected on "private/etc/apache2/users".
    ACL found but not expected on "Library/Preferences/Audio".
    ACL found but not expected on "System/Library/Keychains/X509Anchors".
    ACL found but not expected on "private/etc/hostconfig".
    ACL found but not expected on "private/var/db/launchd.db/com.apple.launchd".
    ACL found but not expected on "private/var/yp/binding".

    Permissions verification complete
  2. pricej636 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2010
  3. kingoddball thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2011
    I've ripped out the XT.
    Put back in my 250GB. Slow boot compared to XT.
    BUT! It's RELIABLE! :)

    I am unsure if I can actually get a replacement or refund due to buying from eBay (shipped form China). These were not available (as far as I found) in Australia.
  4. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    Send it back to Seagate. Surely you have Seagate in Australia.

  5. Newfiejudd macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2010
    Send the drive back, or call seagate directly. I have the 500gb XT and it works great. Updated to firmware 24 and have had no issues.
  6. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    I keep seeing references to XT firmware. What exactly is the issue that updating the firmware fixes?

  7. Aries326 macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2007
    I think the firmware is supposed to fix how many times the drive heads park and decrease number in occurrences of the spinning ball. Initially, I thought the Momentus XT was an awesome drive. It really cut down on my startup time and loading time for programs. But the more I use it, the more I notice the spinning beachball. Worse, I even get pauses while watching movies or listening to music. I'm ripping this thing out eventually and replacing it with a regular HD or just leave it in if I end up upgrading to a new MBP.
  8. crispy12 macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2010
    I just got mine as well and fingers crossed, has been working excellent except for a slight hit in battery life. I'm calibrating my battery now to see if that fixes the problem.

    @Aries326: Did you upgrade the firmware to SD24? Apparently that fixes the lockups people get while watching videos.
  9. fysh3 macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2011
    Plymouth UK
    I put my 500gig Momentus XT in yesterday. Its awesome!! I already had the bootable iso on cd burnt from the seagate site, so did that first before installing osX. I can't begin to explain how much more 'nippy' my macbook pro feels now that its in there.

    Really sounds like you have a bad drive, thats bad luck and sucks I know. Send it back and get a replacement :)

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