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Hard Disk Drive Firmware Search Engineer

April 26th, 2010 Comments off

Hard Disk Drive Firmware Search Engineer As we know, firmware damage is the main reason which causes the hard disk data lose. When we encounter this problem, we should rebuild the firmware first. By this time, we need some professional tools, such as PC3000. (About the PC3000 tool). With the professional tools, we also need to find the matching firmware, so I made this searching tool as below:

You just need to input your firmware model number, for example: input ‘HitachiHTS541616J9AT00’, then you can find the firmware which you are looking for. Although this searching tool is not perfect, its accuracy rating is good.

These firmware data which are used for the searching tool are from http://files.hddguru.com and http://www.firmwarebase.com.

Firmware Search Engineer Code(Copy this code to your website):

<form action=”http://www.google.com/cse” id=”cse-search-box”>
<div>
<input type=”hidden” name=”cx” value=”016304681005895250528:a7qpcruki2s” />
<input type=”hidden” name=”ie” value=”UTF-8″ />
<input type=”text” name=”q” size=”31″ />
<input type=”submit” name=”sa” value=”Search” />
</div>
</form>
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://www.google.com/cse/brand?form=cse-search-box&lang=en”></script>

If you know any other hard drive firmware download websites, please do not hesitate to share them with me. With your helping, I can make this search tool better. Thanks!

Seagate Firmware Update Utility Step by Step

August 4th, 2009 Comments off

This is a help post for seagate windows firmware update utility which may be downloaded from seagate firmware update pages.

Your drive is eligible for a firmware update?

Seagate Firmware Update Utility Seagate products are run by firmware.  Having the latest firmware can improve performance and or reliability of your product.  Seagate recommends applying new firmware to enhance the performance and or reliability of your drive.

Like any software, firmware is improved over time and problems are also fixed.  Every drive family has a couple of firmware releases during the life of the product.  Please check in regularly to determine if new firmware is available for your drive.

If newer firmware is available for your drive, it will reflect the improvements we have engineered for the latest manufacturing.  Firmware for legacy products will be the final release from manufacturing.  Please note that Seagate does not offer details about specific firmware.

Until recently, firmware updates for typical desktop and laptop computers were difficult and somewhat risky.  This situation, in part, was based on a lack of friendly firmware download tools and operating system limitations.  This situation has improved and Seagate now offers firmware updates as a routine matter for the general support of your Seagate drive.

Note: If you are troubleshooting a system or OS problem, you should not consider firmware updates until after exploring more typical troubleshooting steps like file system error checking and anti-virus scanning.

Firmware update step by step

1) Choose from the list of languages.  The screens in Windows will be translated to your selection.  When the application restarts in DOS, the language will be in English.

Firmware Update Tool
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2) Welcome screen.
Be sure inspect the title, which gives a description of what products and firmware versions are supported by this package.  This screen contains an important warning to remind you to back up your system.

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3) End User License Agreement

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4) Very important instructions and warnings.  Again, they are:

DO NOT run this firmware update on RAID systems.
DO NOT turn the power off during the firmware update procedure.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

  1. Make sure you have backed up all of your important files and critical data to some other storage media.
  2. Save any work in progress.
  3. Close all other open applications.
  4. Disconnect all external storage devices.

Windows will shut down and your system will reboot.  You will see a new boot message “Starting Seagate Loader…” and “Starting Seagate Firmware Update Utility…”
Do not interrupt this procedure.

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5) About screen

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6) Windows will shut down and the system will reboot.

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7) These are the first screens you will see after the reboot.
DO NOT INTERRUPT this procedure!

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8) The SeaEnum utility will scan your system for hard disk drives and display the Model Number, Serial Number and current Firmware Revision for each drive.

Firmware Update Tool
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Try the Seagate Drive Detect utility if you want to see this information while in Windows.

9) The Firmware Update Utility runs from DOS to load the new firmware on your disk drive. This utility will upgrade the firmware on your Seagate disk drive if the drive model and the current firmware are compatible with this update.

This process may take a few minutes.  Afterwards, the utility will exit and reboot.  If the software is unable to automatically reboot system, you may restart the system yourself.

Firmware Update Tool
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Besides the “Sending data” firmware download message, other common messages are:

  • Firmware Already Updated! Will not download firmware. – The current version on the disk drive matches the version supplied in this update.
  • Model Matched, No Firmware Matched!  Will not download firmware. – Even though the model is a match, the current version on the disk is not compatible with the version supplied in this update.
  • No Model Matched! Will not download firmware.
  • Wrong Model, or Not a Seagate drive.

If the software determines that the update should not be run, the utility will exit and reboot back to Windows.

10) Windows starting to load.

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Finished!

Related Link: Firmware Download Base

How To Upgrade Firmware On Seagate Serial ATA Hard Drive?

July 13th, 2009 Comments off

FreeDOS Update Procedure

Firmware Update This is a walkthrough on how to upgrade the firmware on a Seagate Serial ATA hard drive.

(Firmware Update for STM3500320AS, STM3750330AS, STM31000340AS)

Note:  For best results during system startup, it is recommended to disconnect peripherals such as USB storage devices, printers, scanners, etc.

If your keyboard does not respond within FreeDOS, use a wired rather than a wireless keyboard.

      1. Boot up to the CD. Most systems will automatically boot to the CD if it is bootable. If it does not, please consult your system documentation on how to modify the system boot sequence.
      2. After the system boots to the CD you will be presented with a README file.c
      3. Press ESC or F10 to proceed to the next step.Firmware Update
      4. To select the appropriate drive, press the corresponding key. In this example the letter “C” will start the download for the ST31000340AS. Please note that there are different versions of the firmware for each model of drives.Firmware Update
      5. Once the firmware update is complete, you will be prompted to turn your computer off by pressing any key.
        Note:A soft reset (Control-Alt-Delete) is not sufficient.
      6. Turn on your computer and remove the firmware CD to allow your system to boot normally into your operating system. Your drive has been updated.

General information: Scanning for devices

You can use the “Scan ATA device” by pressing the “S” key at the “Selection:” prompt to view Seagate drives which are detected.

The scan procedure will display only Seagate drives, and will display the current firmware revision loaded on the drive.

Firmware Update

Firmware Update for Macintosh

Can I update the firmware on my hard drive if it is installed in a Mac?

Yes, however it must be an Intel-based Mac (i.e. MacPro and iMac – with Intel inside). There are other models of Macs that have Intel processors such as the MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks as well as the Mac Mini, but these drives have notebook (2.5 inch) drives which are not affected.

I have a PowerMac.  Can I update the firmware on my hard drive?

Older Macs that are PowerPC-based (PowerMac G3, G4, G5 and iMac G3, G4, and G5) are incompatible with the FreeDOS operating system which is required to perform the update.

How to find your drive’s serial number and model number in Mac OS X

Firmware Update

  1. Choose the Apple from the menu.
  2. Choose “About this Mac”
  3. Choose ” More Info…”
  4. Choose the drive type: Serial ATA
  5. Highlight  the appropriate drive listed under the bus.
  6. Below you will see the Model and Serial number of the highlighted drive.

Instructions for updating firmware on an Intel based Mac.

  1. Download and burn the Firmware ISO that has been provided to you by Seagate for your drive(s)
  2. Burn the ISO to a CD.
  3. Insert the freshly burned CD back in to your Mac.
  4. Reboot
  5. After the chime, press and hold the Option key on the keyboard.
  6. Once you see the Apple with the spinning gear beneath, release the Option Key.At this point the system will come to a screen with pictures of hard drives and a CD; the CD should be named Seagate.
  7. Click on the CD
  8. Click on the arrow pointing to the right.
  9. At this point FreeDOS will boot. Follow the on screen instructions.

Firmware Download: FirmwareBase.com

Intel RAID Controller: unable to complete the firmware update

June 24th, 2009 Comments off

I am unable to complete the firmware update; I get a message that the
firmware is intact or the system hangs during when entering StorCon

As the BIOS on server boards and RAID controllers are updated, it is possible that some
combinations of RAID controller BIOS and server board BIOS do not work together so that
updating RAID controller firmware through the normal update process is not possible. A
firmware recovery process is described here with an override that makes it possible to force the firmware update.

To force a firmware update, complete the following steps:

a. Move the recovery jumper on the RAID card to Recovery position.

b. Download the firmware recovery utility and update code from the website, or make a
firmware recovery diskette from the CD and boot to it.

c. Choose option 2, recover firmware.

d. The system creates a RAM drive and begins copying files to it. Press <Ctrl> <C> when
you see the prompt, “press CNTL C to interrupt the recovery process”. You will be
brought to a C: prompt.

e. Type “FRU -O” to force overwriting the firmware. (Note: “O” is the letter O for Overwrite,
not the number zero)

f. Indicate agreement at the following two prompts.

g. Green text will display at the top of the screen indicating that the recovery has started.
This will be followed shortly by text that provides the version (flashing) that is being
forced. The first few digits of this text are the firmware version number followed by
digits that refer to the build number.

h. When complete, replace the jumper into the normal position and reboot.
Troubleshooting Guide

Intel RAID Controller: How do I update the firmware?

June 24th, 2009 Comments off

Firmware can be updated through StorCon. StorCon can be activated a number of ways, including through XROM during POST by pressing <Ctrl> <G> when prompted. Complete instructions for each update method are included in the hardware guide for the RAID controller.

Refer to the resource CD that accompanied the product or to the support website listed above.

A short list of steps to update the firmware using the XROM method is included here:
Follow the procedure below to update the firmware via the XROM version of StorCon:

a. Download the firmware image, SRC_RXFW, that contains the latest programs and
drivers from the website.

b. Format a 3.5″ HD disk (1.44MB) and copy the SRC_RXFW file onto the disk.
c. With the adapter installed in the system, boot the computer and press <Ctrl> <G> when
prompted. This initiates the BIOS version of StorCon.

d. Select the applicable RAID controller and press <Enter>.

e. If the Express Setup menu is displayed, press <F4> to display the Advanced Setup
menu. Select the menu option “Configure Controller” and press <Enter>. Insert the
floppy containing the latest firmware file into the floppy disk drive.

f. From the “Configure Controller” submenu, select “Firmware Update” and press <Enter>.

g. StorCon automatically searches for the firmware file from the floppy drive, A:\. After
finding the file, StorCon displays the name, description and version of the firmware.
Press <Enter>.

h. StorCon reads and checks the firmware file, then displays a warning. Press <Y> to
confirm the firmware update.

i. StorCon programs the flash eprom.
Warning: Do not interrupt the update process. If interrupted the firmware image in the
Flash may be damaged. If the firmware is interrupted, follow the firmware recovery process
instructions in the next section.

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j. After StorCon indicates that the update is complete, press any key.

k. The focus returns to the Configure Controller submenu. Press <Esc> several times to
close the menus and press <Y> to quit StorCon.

l. StorCon detects the firmware update and requires a system reboot. Press any key to
reboot.

When the update process has completed, reboot the computer for the change to take effect.
During the boot, the system displays the updated firmware version. You can also relaunch
StorCon and select the applicable RAID controller to view its new firmware version at the
bottom of the console (for example, FW:2.34.yy-Rzzz).

You can also use the operating system version of StorCon to update the firmware. Refer to the
Storage Console chapter of the Software Guide for details.