Updating Seagate Hdd Firmware

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by krell100, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. krell100 macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    Hi All,

    Wondering if anyone knows how to update the firmware on Seagate Barracuda Hard Drives under OSX.

    I have a 7200.10 320Gb drive with firmware 3.AAK. I've scoured the Seagate site to no avail. There must be a way of getting these things up to the most recent version.

    This from barefeats.com "Firmware version 3.AEE or later solves the slow sustained large block write speed issue for a single 7200.10 inside the Mac Pro."

    Any help appreciated.
  2. rhpenguin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2003
    London, Ontario
    Check on Seagate.com for the firmware and do it from a DOS box w/a bootdisk. The Seagate tools are widely available on the net.
  3. bvp663 macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2006
    Portland, OR
    I have one of the models listed but I have no idea how to check which firmware version is on the drive in order to determine if it needs to be sent in. Is there a way to do this on a mac?
  4. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008

    similar discussion here just for interested parties.

    To check your firmware, open system profiler, select serial-ata from the left and then choose your drive. It will show the firmware in the info window at the bottom.

    I have an affected drive, and I have no way to run an exe file on my PowerMac G5, which is what is provided in the iso file that Seagate told me to DL. They have no idea what they're doing.
  5. rontheancient macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2005
    I think the firmware update is for drives with version 7200.11, so you are in the clear. Intel Macs can burn the ISO and boot from it using Startup Disk in System Preferences. However, I was not able to run the updater, probably a bug in the ISO.
  6. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    Is there a way to find out firmware versions with either USB or firewire external drives? I have a 1.5 TB seagate external that has been flaky, and system profiler doesn't list a firmware version.

    Same goes for 7200.x, where can I get that info?

  7. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    I finally called Seagate, and bitched them out because they don't provide a way for non-intel Mac users to update the drives.

    They agreed that it was wrong, and offered to replace the drive. They tried to charge me 20 bucks for advanced replacement where they send me a drive first...but I got out of that too.

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