Hard drive firmware/correct setup?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ontheplains, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. ontheplains macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2009
    Before reading this forum, I'd never heard or considered updating hard drive firmware. I really don't have a grasp on it at all still. I am moving around the four HDs in my Mac Pro for optimal performance (the biggest, slowest drive is currently my boot drive - I know, stupid me) and I'm wondering now if I need to update my firmware or if I'm just making stuff up in my head. :confused:

    My HDs are as follows, in case:

    Western Digital WD3200AAJS-41VWA1 (original boot drive from '08, now will just house my downloads folder)
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS (going to be my new boot drive - am I picking the right one?)
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000333AS (gonna house my iTunes folder)
    Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS-00S8B1 (was stupidly my boot drive, going to create 2 partitions and back up boot on one, music on other)

    I'm just going to setup the backup daily through Carbon Copy Cloner. Am I going about this correctly? Oh yeah, and original question - firmware?

    You guys have been awesome to me so far, thanks! :D
  2. PenguinMac macrumors member

    May 21, 2010
    What thread here discussed hard drive firmware? Firmware for hard drives is usually only issued when the drive is new and has problems. Otherwise, hard drive technology is very old in computer terms and drive firmware is rarely if ever updated. Now it so happens that the Seagate 7200.11 drives had quite a few problems when new (I owned 4 of them myself and 2 went bad) so did have firmware updates, but if your 7200.11 is working don't try to fix what's not broken.

    Maybe you saw discussions about SSD's, which are still new and have had numerous firmware updates?

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