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    Flashing Firmware on HDD in RAID 10 Array

    would you trust instructions like this?

    QI 37.
    Patch tool for Identify fail during NCQ write command.(Model: F4EG)

    A 37.

    If identify commmand is issued from host during NCQ write command in the condition of PC ,
    write condition is unstable.
    So It can make the loss of written data.
    (Model : F4EG HD204UI, HD204UI/Z4, HD204UI/UZ4, HD155UI, HD155UI/Z4, HD155UI/UZ4)

    To improve this problem, Please use the attached DOS model patch tool.

    1. Please unzip attached file to Bootable media (USB,CD, Floppy...etc).
    2. Please connect Target HDD to Primary / Mast.
    3. Booting the system to DOS mode by bootable media.(which with this F/W flash program).
    4. Please run " F4EG ".
    5. When FW Flash successfully message display , please Power Off system, to make F/W flash complete.

    Note: Please do not warm boot(Ctrl+Alt+Delet , or push Reset button..etc) your PC during the
    F/W patch. Warm boot can make F/W Patch fail and make unexpected problem on HDD.
    http://www.samsung.com/global/busine...bbs_msg_id=386

    what a joke.
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    Re: Flashing Firmware on HDD in RAID 10 Array

    well yeh, but i never did due to the amount of faffing about !

    bit daft really consideirng the likes of OCZ's toolbox for a windows based flash.

    Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack
    off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.

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    Re: Flashing Firmware on HDD in RAID 10 Array

    That's sort of how I end up writing my reports, at the end of the working week.

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    Re: Flashing Firmware on HDD in RAID 10 Array

    Looks sensible enough to me, just a regular flash but making sure you turn off rather than ctrl-alt-del. I'm fine with Samsung's Korean engineers not having perfect English as long as they can be good engineers & produce working fixes like (hopefully) this. Maybe the Engrish in the instructions will encourage people read the entire thing before attempting the flashing

    I dislike Windows flashing tools due to a bad experience a few years ago.

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    Re: Flashing Firmware on HDD in RAID 10 Array

    On a side note Jay, there is no issues with flashing while being a member of RAID.

    Done all of my 15 drivers on three different hardware RAID controllers and all its good =]

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    Re: Flashing Firmware on HDD in RAID 10 Array

    Quote Originally Posted by spoon_ View Post
    On a side note Jay, there is no issues with flashing while being a member of RAID.

    Done all of my 15 drivers on three different hardware RAID controllers and all its good =]
    Not always true. Investigate it carefully.
    Typically onboard SATA RAID controllers - more specifically Intel chipset ones - are ok with HDD flashing.

    However our two RAID10 machines (#2 & 3 in my siggie using 3Ware and SI3114 respectively) required us to remove a drive - flash it separately - then rebuild the array. I did this for 10x Maxtor Maxline 250GB drives and it took days!

    Imagine my joy when I discovered the 4x Western Digi 250GB RE2's I acquired later had the same firmware bug! Fortunately they were late enough to have been factory flashed
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