Firmware upgrades

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Firmware Upgrades


Most hardware devices have firmware, hidden software that is an OS of its own. Like all software, it's imperfect and needs upgrades. Unfortunately, for many devices that is not possible or feasible, once it has left the factory. However, there are many devices that do have available upgrades, although they may or may not be easily accomplished. This wiki page is an attempt to provide information on firmware upgrades that may help fix issues or improve performance on devices of interest to UnRAID users.

Disk controllers

SAS2LP-MV8


ServeRAID M1015



Hard drives

Warning!  highly disorganized and overlapping information below, copied from Internet sources.  Probably needs to be reworked.

Seagate #1

"There are a few drives which are currently marked to disable NCQ and warn the user that the firmware that should be upgraded:"

  • ST31500341AS
  • ST31000333AS
  • ST3640623AS
  • ST3640323AS
  • ST3320813AS
  • ST3320613AS
  • all for firmware versions SD15 through SD19.

Firmware Update for ST31500341AS, ST31000333AS, ST3640323AS, ST3640623AS, ST3320613AS, ST3320813AS, ST3160813AS

Firmware Update for STM31000334AS, STM3640323AS, STM3320614AS, STM3160813AS

Firmware Update for ST3500320AS, ST3500620AS, ST3500820AS, ST3640330AS, ST3640530AS, ST3750330AS, ST3750630AS, ST31000340AS

Firmware Update for ST3250310NS, ST3500320NS, ST3750330NS, ST31000340NS

Seagate #2

Tech sites are reporting everywhere a massive flaw in seagate drives that can lock up the drive and make it unusable (the bios doesn't detect it, you can't read the data). Haven't read anything about it here on the lists. Seagate has ack'ed the problem:

So, apparently there're a lot of drives on the market (including mine) that can die any day. Are those drives going to be blacklisted? It's still not clear if the firmware update is safe (some affected but working drives are dying after the firmware update), so some people like me is still waiting (and hoping that the drive doesn't die) for more stable firmware updates...

Here is the list of drives+firmware affected, according to the support site as of now. Some models are still being diagnosed.


Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 (http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207951)

Models Affected:

  • ST3500320AS
  • ST3640330AS
  • ST3750330AS
  • ST31000340AS

Firmware Affected

  • SD15, SD16, SD17, SD18, SD19, AD14

Recommended Firmware Update

  • SD1A

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11, page 2 (http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207957)

Models Affected:

  • ST31500341AS
  • ST31000333AS
  • ST3640323AS
  • ST3640623AS
  • ST3320613AS
  • ST3320813AS
  • ST3160813AS

Firmware Affected

  • Still Unknown

Recommended Firmware Update

  • Still Unknown

Seagate Barracuda ES.2 (http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207963)

Models Affected:

  • ST3250310NS
  • ST3500320NS
  • ST3750330NS
  • ST31000340NS

Firmware Affected

  • Still Unknown

Recommended Firmware Update

  • Still Unknown

DiamondMax 22 (http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207969)

Models Affected:

  • STM3500320AS
  • STM3750330AS
  • STM31000340AS

Firmware Affected

  • MX15 (or higher)

Recommended Firmware Update

  • MX1A

DiamondMax 22 (http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207975)

Models Affected:

  • STM31000334AS
  • STM3320614AS
  • STM3160813AS

Firmware Affected

  • Still Unknown

Recommended Firmware Update

  • Still Unknown