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Seagate ships new firmware!

Posted on 2004-10-01
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Greetings honourable experts!

I am about to build a 4-drive IDE raidarray, with Seagate's Barracuda 7200.7 Plus, 120GB drive. You can read about Barracuda in the following url:
http://www.seagate.com/cda/products/discsales/marketing/detail/0,1081,580,00.html

Harddisk model number: ST3120026A

Now, I have a lot of these disks, and I have noticed that my disks are either with firmware version:

3.06

or

8.54

Are the new firmware better? Or shall I stick to the old version? Please explain:)

How about mixing the firmware in a raidarray, is that a bad idea?

Best regards!
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It should only matter if you use very big and very old drives, and with different file systems. However, i do not know of ways to know what the firmware upgrades stand for; you would have to contact the manufacturer for it, i think
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I doubt that it matters which version of the firmware is used, although newer is generally better simply because compatibility issues tend to get fixed in later versions.  My main concern, though, is that you're going to be using the drives in a RAID configuration.  For the best reliability, identical hard drives are always recommended under these circumstances, so I suggest updating everything to the latest firmware, including your RAID controller's firmware.
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by:Vampiresmurf
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Ehh sorry?

I am about to conduct a read/write test very soon.. I don't think this topic is abandoned!!

I care about its final disposition!! Why be so hasty?

DAMN
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I would sort the drives by version, if you have many of it, and use thes in arrays, so you will have the most equal ones in your build.

If you have TOO MANY, you may always send some over here !!
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So the topic has been closed, happy?

at least some of us can sleep at night..
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