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A possible fix for Meow'ing 7k250

Posted: Sat Jun 05, 2004 10:45 pm
by rp

Posted: Sun Jun 06, 2004 12:16 am
by mynameisyoung
Well I checked out the link but it seems a bit... weird?

First the zip file for the SATA drives is emtpy (which is what I use).
So I downloaded the IDE zip file and it seems to be the Hitachi Drive Fitness test?

I checked out the link to the German site, but only half the site was translated. I don't know what to think about this one.

If it does work, it would save me alot of money.

Posted: Sun Jun 06, 2004 1:35 am
by rp
It seems as though some of them have tried it out on 80GB versions as well, and did the trick. Apparently all 7K250's produced later than 0404 should have this installed already.

The SATA link may have been down, but I've just downloaded it with success. If you look through the thread you'll find more mirrors (doesn't matter if you don't read german, its quite easy to find them :) )

Posted: Sun Jun 06, 2004 3:06 am
by Shuriken
I wanted to try this on my 2 7k250 SATA. However it seems that the DFT tool does not support Promise raid cards.

And since i dont have any onboard sata controllers i am unable to do anything with it.

Posted: Sun Jun 06, 2004 12:53 pm
by mynameisyoung
Yep, I just looked through the German site and found the mirror site and I tried out the firmware last night. And it worked great!

I left my computer on last night and I haven't heard the meowing noise since. Now if I can just tackle my PSU noise!

If anyone has had trouble getting the SATA firmware I posted the link to the mirror site on


It seems alot of people have had trouble with the Promise controller and the Hitachi tools. But the support site says it does infact support that controller? I dunno, hopefully you can get that resolved because this firmware is a godsend!

Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 7:54 am
by halcyon
Any update on this?

Have those who applied the patch experienced any issues with their drives (noise or data related)?

EDIT: Actually forget about it. The amount of 'click of death' threads for 7K250 is on the rise again.

I won't risk my data (personally ripped mp3s from my originals) to the jaws of another Deathstar :)

Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 8:50 am
by Dobby
Not really sure if my firmware version is exactly the same. 8rdavcore reports that mine is V33OA63A and drive is manufactured in 06/2004. I think drive probably still moves its heads when it idles longer time. Sound, however, resembles more like typical seek noise, only tad noisier. It has been in use only 3 months so its early to say about reliability.