Apparently Seagate doesn't like to tell how to simply tell whether or not we have to update our drives or not, so I'll give Seagate support a shout tomorrow and I'll report back to what I have to do with SD19 drives.Upgrade file for Seagate ST31500341AS SD1A
Use for 9JU138 -300 and -336 part numbers only (firmware SD15 -SD19). DO NOT use on any other part number or firmware.
Syntax Error - If im interpreting this correctly it sounds like you should do the firmware upgrade but a second opinion would be good. You can always just see if you are getting poor performance and do it immediately, if not I would wait till you figure out for sure if you need to upgrade.
normal circumstances yes this is usually the case with firmware updates....I don't have this drive myself (yet) but wouldn't the firmware update app not flash the drive if it sees the firmware is >= what it tries to update to?
Furthermore, if it detects a different firmware is needed to update the drive, wouldn't it just throw an error and quit without writing anything?
I ran the update tool on a machine without the correct drive type (using the firmware downloaded from Newegg) and it detected that I had the wrong brand of drive (in this case WD) and quit back to the prompt. I'd imagine it would do the same thing if it detected the wrong MODEL of drive, not just the brand.
Flashing won't affect your data (provided your hard drive isn't bricked), so you can probably install Windows first.Same here. I'll be flashing soon.
Now the question is... Can I go ahead and install Windows and whatnot on here before flashing or do I have to wait until I flash?
Take it to a friends house and use his/her computer.Just as I was worried about, I only have a laptop, and ordered the hd for an external case. But I booted off a usb disk anyways, ran the bat file and of course it didn't find it via the usb connection. Any ideas on how I can flash my drive?
It probably depends on what your other HD is. Given what somebody else said above, if it's another brand drive, the updater will probably say "OK, I'll ignore that drive." If it's another Seagate drive... It might try updating it.So when I update the firmware I don't need to unplug my other HD?
I ordered a drive from newegg on black friday, shipped with the SD19 firmware. I upgraded it to the SD1A firmware that is posted on the newegg site.Any SD19 users -> what firmware have you used? I called Seagate and they responded that their "team leader would be getting back to me today or tomorrow". I asked the CSR about the whole SD1A or CC1G firmware choices, but I guess she didn't know what I was talking about, so I'm wondering what you SD19 users have upgraded to successfully and now have wholly functioning drives.
Thats what I remember doing also. I haven't had any issues with mine. Not sure if i want to bother flashing or not.I don't get why people are talking about USB flash drives and floppies either. If you open the firmware zip file, there's an ISO right inside. Burn, boot, done.