Seagate has announces, in its Knowlege Base, that the problem is a result of bad firmware and that drive owners can protect themselves by upgrading the firmware for the affected drives. The KB article assumes that you are a Windows user. They provide a tool to let Windows users scan their drives and discover the model number, serial number, and firmware revision. However, if you are a Linux user their Knowledge Base article is not going to help you. Fortunately, this information is very easy retrieve in most Linux installations. If you are using a Debian or Ubuntu install this method will definitely work.
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