Updating Seagate Hdd Firmware

krell100

macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 7, 2007
100
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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.
Cheers
 

bvp663

macrumors newbie
Nov 14, 2006
26
5
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?
 

JustGretchen

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Dec 2, 2008
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http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=6965235&posted=1#post6965235

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.
 

rontheancient

macrumors regular
Nov 22, 2005
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USA
I have a 7200.10 320Gb drive with firmware 3.AAK.
Cheers
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.
 

milo

macrumors 604
Sep 23, 2003
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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?

Thanks.
 

JustGretchen

macrumors 6502
Dec 2, 2008
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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.