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SubjectSeagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS fw SD17

I have some Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB drives. They
use the firmware SD17.
They time out at the flush write cache and sometimes on the identify
I know that sounds suspicious so I wrote to seagate but they told me my
drives are ok. (Although I dont think so.)

This drive+fw is blacklisted in the kernel, but there is no firmware
upgrade for these drives. (Only very few serial numbers are able to

Now I want to know after what period of the time the kernel timeouts at
these commands!? And if this timeout can be increased (manually, small
patch for the kernel) and the min/max/avg time could somehow be
messured. Every timeout kicks the drives off the raid, so I disabled
the write cache (hdparm -W0 /dev/sdx) but thats no solution, just a bad

Its a amd64 system with the on an AM3 board with AMDs 790GX +
SB750 Chipsets running in ahci mode.

Thanks for your time and support!


PS: Please CC me!

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