Thanks very much for that information. I had just recently been asked
if this was possible. I expected that the Dell header needed to be
stripped, but wasn't sure whether the firmware was compatible.
Be aware that certain upgrades will render your drive inoperable. For
example, Seagate warns that updating a CCxx 7200.11 drive with SDxx
firmware, or vice versa, will turn it into a paperweight. I have seen
the results of such an attempt at HDD Guru.
Furthermore, as seen in the following update matrix, sometimes the
firmware revisions are not intuitive.
For example, 0003SDM1 firmware is updated with 0004SDM1.lod, and
002SDM1 with 0005SDM1.lod.
At 08:34 PM 17/04/10, you wrote:
>FYI, in the past couple of weeks, I've successfully used hdparm 9.27
>to carry out a firmware upgrade on a few Seagate drives (two
>different Enterprise 3.5" models) under Linux.
>.. however you have to be pretty sure that Linux isn't going to
>access the drive, or it will issue a bus reset during the firmware
>update process. e.g. if you need to carry out the update on a boot
>drive, then you could prepare the files, then reboot into single
>user mode, with all filesystems remounted read-only.