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    st317221a hard drive firmware

    Does anybody know where I can get the firmware for this drive?

    I've e-mailed Seagate but I doubt they'll be forthcoming.
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    Your best bet is probably to find somone with the drive, and see if you can get them to dump it for you ?
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    True - but how on earth would they do that? I know of no software that does that, though it must exist - if only in the Seagate R+D department.
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    Do you have the flashing tools, so even if you do get the firmware you can flash the drive ?
    If so, I'm guessing there is probably a switch in the program that will dump the BIOS for you..
    eg. Saving an nvidas card BIOS can be done by "nvflash.exe -b savedbiosname"
    Similar with most motherboard, except i think they use a -d switch.
    If you have the flashing tools, try "filename.exe /?", and it should return a list of arguments it can accept.
    Hopefully one of them allows you to dump the firmware
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    Alas, Agent, I have no such software. I agree that there will probably such switches in the software, but I have to get the software first!

    The flasher for my other Seagate drive was scripted and accepted no inputs.

    I'll have a look around for the software. I don't feel up to writing a program that interfaces with the drive - that's a few years in front of me, lol.
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    AFAIK, the only hard drives which have flashable firmware are SCSI drives ?

    Is there any IDE ones you know which can be flashed - or am i totaly wrong ?
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    Well optical drives can be flashed, so I see no reson hdd's cant, and then it would be make and model dependant.
    Look on the underside of teh drive, note all the codes from all the chips and look them up on google. If its flashable you should end up with some kind of ATA chip, which would have the flashing util designed for it. Then search for this looking for the flashing app, which should allow you to dump the bios, or some one else with same drive to dump it for you.
    You should also find a mem chip of some kind, unless its intergrated, which im not sure fi thats possible or if any are like that.

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    My 13GB Seagate drive was one I flashed up so yes ATA drives are flashable - that's how the manufacturers program the boards for the correct drive in that product range (cheaper than a different board design for each model.)

    SilentDeath your suggestion is an excellent one - I will look for the ROM chip on it later, and then work from there.

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    Now I'm getting technical:



    The circled chip is a 1Mbit flash from my my STMicroelectronics, by the name m29f102bb.

    I have some source code for accessing modifying it, but I know zero C programming and wouldn't have a clue how to interface with the thing via the Seagate board. Anyway, unless anybody here can do it (I can't imagine anybody would want to) I'm now looking for a program that'll let me dump/flash the thing.

    Cheers,
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    edit: Also could I point dead Seagate owners to this thread: http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.p...660#post163660

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    Found this page
    http://www.hsichun.com.cn/update/update.htm
    and a program dont know if it's the one you need for flashing your hard drive though..
    http://www.hsichun.com.cn/update/seagate.zip
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    That program enables/disables UltraATA66 on the drive.

    Thanks for looking though.

    Edit: I think I also worked out why this is the second drive of this type that has started going dodgy on me - the Seasheild. It's a nice protective rubber shield - that also stops heat escaping from the IC's
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    Oops sorry m8, im all embarrased now
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    edit: Also could I point dead Seagate owners to this thread:
    are there many dead people accessing the forums then hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetster
    are there many dead people accessing the forums then hehe
    Well, I thought there was an off chance that they had broadband in the afterlife, LMAO.
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