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 Post subject: Hitachi Firmware on Seagate Drive
PostPosted: February 10th, 2016, 5:12 
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I have an LSI 9261-8i PCI RAID card and connected to this I have 4 Seagate ST4000NM0023 HDD's with Hitachi 7FA3 Firmware. These were from a storage array we had.

Within the webios on the LSI card you can see the drives but they say unsupported. You can also see them within the LSI utility in Windows and that too reports unsupported.

Is there a way to flash the firmware with storcli or another utility to a supported version so that it will work with the LSI controller? Maybe Seagate's own Firmware?

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 Post subject: Re: Hitachi Firmware on Seagate Drive
PostPosted: February 10th, 2016, 11:39 
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sometimes you cannot use Mercedes Engine on a KIA
check the card support list.

there is NO SUCH seagate FW on Hitachi

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 Post subject: Re: Hitachi Firmware on Seagate Drive
PostPosted: February 10th, 2016, 15:48 
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einstein9 wrote:
sometimes you cannot use Mercedes Engine on a KIA
check the card support list.

there is NO SUCH seagate FW on Hitachi

good luck


Thank you Enstein9

I couldn't comment about Seagate firmware on Hitachi (HGST) drives as I've never come across this. However there is Hitachi's (Hitachi Data Systems) firmware (7FA3) on these Seagate SAS drives. They were from a HUS storage array.

As you say though the card support list. I did check this before posting and have checked again and this drive is on the supported list. However maybe this is with a Seagate firmware it is supported.

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James


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 Post subject: Re: Hitachi Firmware on Seagate Drive
PostPosted: February 10th, 2016, 16:17 
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Perhaps you are approaching the problem from the wrong perspective. Instead of trying to change the firmware on your Seagate drive to make your controller happy, why not find out why the LSI card believes your drive to be unsupported, and then trick it into believing that 7FA3 firmware is OK.

BTW, mixing OEM firmware with retail firmware often results in an inoperable drive. This is because the firmware consists of numerous modules. A firmware update generally targets only a small number of these modules. This means that you must be certain that the new modules are compatible with the existing ones. I have seen several disasters, even in the case of mismatched retail versions (eg applying SDnn firmware to a CCnn drive).

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 Post subject: Re: Hitachi Firmware on Seagate Drive
PostPosted: February 10th, 2016, 16:23 
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fzabkar wrote:
Perhaps you are approaching the problem from the wrong perspective. Instead of trying to change the firmware on your Seagate drive to make your controller happy, why not find out why the LSI card believes your drive to be unsupported, and then trick it into believing that 7FA3 firmware is OK.

BTW, mixing OEM firmware with retail firmware often results in an inoperable drive. This is because the firmware consists of numerous modules. A firmware update generally targets only a small number of these modules. This means that you must be certain that the new modules are compatible with the existing ones. I have seen several disasters, even in the case of mismatched retail versions (eg applying SDnn firmware to a CCnn drive).


Thank you fzabkar

I never thought of trying it that way. Its just when I was reading, others had firmware from other vendors that they also showed as unsupported on their RAID card. I will see what I can find out.

Regarding flashing the firmware, if it can be done, I don't mind trying it with a a drive so see the results.

Cheers,
James


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 Post subject: Re: Hitachi Firmware on Seagate Drive
PostPosted: February 10th, 2016, 16:42 
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I wouldn't do it, but here are Dell and HP firmware examples:

http://downloads.dell.com/FOLDER0313794 ... 10_A00.EXE
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib2/software1 ... 3_0004.fla

I haven't looked for retail firmware, although 0004 does look like a retail version rather than HP.

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 Post subject: Re: Hitachi Firmware on Seagate Drive
PostPosted: February 10th, 2016, 16:44 
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fzabkar wrote:
I wouldn't do it, but here are Dell and HP firmware examples:

http://downloads.dell.com/FOLDER0313794 ... 10_A00.EXE
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib2/software1 ... 3_0004.fla

I haven't looked for retail firmware, although 0004 does look like a retail version rather than HP.



I have 0004 and 0006 firmware from Seagate. Looking at how to use SeaFlash at the moment.


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 Post subject: Re: Hitachi Firmware on Seagate Drive
PostPosted: February 11th, 2016, 2:43 
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jamesjfa wrote:
fzabkar wrote:
I wouldn't do it, but here are Dell and HP firmware examples:

http://downloads.dell.com/FOLDER0313794 ... 10_A00.EXE
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib2/software1 ... 3_0004.fla

I haven't looked for retail firmware, although 0004 does look like a retail version rather than HP.



I have 0004 and 0006 firmware from Seagate. Looking at how to use SeaFlash at the moment.


Usually boot from USB n flash it from DOS

BUT
be Extreme carefull here, i did killed my lovely controller once and till now feel so bad about it.

killed it coz used the wrong (very close) FW model on it.

make sure its the proper one (recommend to remove any HDD during the process)
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 Post subject: Re: Hitachi Firmware on Seagate Drive
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jamesjfa did you ever get this resolved? Literally having the same problem with this drive and the Hitachi firmware. Wondering how/if I can flash back to Seagate's stock A001 firmware?


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 Post subject: Re: Hitachi Firmware on Seagate Drive
PostPosted: April 16th, 2018, 19:26 
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andy2619 wrote:
jamesjfa did you ever get this resolved? Literally having the same problem with this drive and the Hitachi firmware. Wondering how/if I can flash back to Seagate's stock A001 firmware?


I did. I followed the information in the link below.
https://forums.servethehome.com/index.p ... size.4968/


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