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NAS - Ed Mini V2 Lacie  - I fI have a new hard drive is there a way to flash it?

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I have a few of these and the hdd died in one.
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by:David
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The question isn't specific enough.   Are you saying you bought a 3rd-party disk and want to flash Lacie's firmware on it so it will work?
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by:fcek
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Yes.

I the event of the original disks death, Im thinking this might be an option?
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by:David
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You have a near-zero probability this will work.  Reason is that branded (I.e, firmware says disk is LACIE, DELL, or EMC instead of SEAGATE) firmware detects whether or not the disk drive is already branded with appropriate manufacturer before it will be accepted by the drive.   You need a special type of firmware that changes the manufacturer/model info into any particular manufacturer to flash to the disk before you can change it.

This is done specifically to prevent people doing what you want to do ... i.e, the LACIE, DELL, HP, whatever disk drive costs $500, but the retail version of same model of SEAGATE (or whatever) disk goes for $399 list, and you want to save some money.    Forget it. :)

P.S. not buying the "in the event of the original disk's death argument" .. just buy another Lacie drive.  They'll still be around.

Not trying to beat you up, BTW, just giving you the cold, hard, truth.  The reason why i do defend OEM firmware is that they also make numerous firmware mods to change runtime characteristics of the disk so it performs optimally and does correct error recovery, timing, and cache settings for way you are using the disk.  Also firmware is intellectual property, and not public domain.

Now if you had lacie HD, then you can flash lacie FW onto it.  No big deal.
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by:fcek
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Hi dlethe.

I have two of these Lacie and one died - both OOW.
I opened the good one and cloned it :-)
Neither HDD in the Lacie NAS are made by Lacie  

One problem (and I think its my laptops problem)
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Windows_Networking/NT/Q_26498779.html#a33758356
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I just did some online searching, they do not do anything special to the firmware.  No need to flash anything.   However, this runs an embedded LINUX operating system, so you need to replace the HDD using the menus.  Just cloning a disk with 3rd party tool won't necessarily do the job, because the LINUX fs wlll see change in serial number on the replacement drive.

Here is an article on EE on what somebody was successfully able to do to replace the drive with data.



http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Misc/Q_24574102.html
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