Problems with Seagate Momentus drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nebo1ss, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    I just purchased a seagate momentus 500G 7200 drive model number ST9500420ASG as an upgarade for my macbook pro. Since installing the drive I am experiencing freezing with the spinning wheel very often.

    I did some research using Google and can see many complaints about this problem back in 2009 and early 2010. There was much talk in the forums at the time about a possible firmware release. However, I am unable to find any evidence of a firmware upgrade except for one that was actually released by Dell and was suspected to slow down the drive.

    Anyone has any updated information on this problem. I am surprised the drive I purchased two weeks ago has a history of issues going back to 2009.
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Frequent freezing and beach balls would indicated a bad drive, I strongly doubt the firmware is at fault here, I would place my bet on a lemon.
  3. Prodo123 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    It is the firmware.

    Follow instructions and you'll be all set.

    Of course, if a hard drive is making physical problems (clicking, beeping) then it's the drive itself.
  4. nebo1ss thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Thank you for the link but that is for a different drive the momentus XT

    Mine is the ST9500420ASG with firmware revision 0002SDM1

    It seems to be a pretty common problem with this model drive since it is discussed on multiple forums but I have yet to see a solution. Someone suggest it is a power management problem with the drive spinning down and suggested installing HPAPM and setting the drive to prevent spin down.

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