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  1. Hi everybody, my question is inspired by the following idea: When completly defragmenting a HDD ( e.g. called SmartPlacement by PerfectDisk ), it is often neccessary to "move out" files to make free space and then "move in" these files later. Especially on big HDDs with several TB capacity, the defragmentation process will be severly slowed down by this step, since the r/w heads have to travel in and out very often. Therefore my idea is: Imagine that you have one HDD which is heavily filled and fragmented, and a second HDD of identical size and geometry, which is totally empty. Now both
  2. Hi, I am just dropping in to report that the installation of XP from an ISO, where both the mass storage drivers needed by the mobo and firadisk have been integrated using nlite, works fine. I built a XP ISO with drivers for all types of Intels ICH7(x) to ICH10(x) controller ( both raid and ahci drivers ), NVidias Nforce7 chipset ( raid and ahci ) and firadisk itself. Then I used the following configuration ( winsetup.lst ) for grub4dos: title First part of Windows XP setup from ISO map --mem (md)0x800+4 (99) map /XP.iso (0xff) checkrange 0x80 read 0x8280 && map (hd0) (hd1) checkrang
  3. Well, forcing the drive to download the CC46 firmware without any further investigation of course would not be wise, especially since the drive works without any problems. To find out the reason for the update failure, the solution would be to build a serial cable and to check the version of the firmware modules via serial communication. And this IMHO is not worth the time and effort at all, so the drive will continue to work with CC31. C.U. PicoBot
  4. Hi jaclaz, thanks for the link to the older firmware version. I was also able to find the CC3D version: http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/support/downloads/firmware/Barracuda12-ALL-CC3D.iso Nevertheless, both versions are not willing / able to update this specific drive. The only progress I made is that I have written down the exact error messages: "Modell matched, no firmware match, will not download firmware" and "Modell matched but firmware version is not compatible" I am beginning to believe that there really is a small difference in the hardware and therefore the newer firmwares must not
  5. Hi everybody, two days ago a friend of mine informed me that the CC46 firmware update for most of the 7200.12 drives is available at seagate's website. I downloaded and burned the CD ISO image and was able to update six of my seven 7200.12 drives. These drives are five ST31000528AS, originally equipped with CC34 and the CC37 firmwares, and one ST3500418AS, which originally had the CC38 firmware. With these six drives everything went fine, no problems at all. But one of my drives, a ST3500410AS, which currently works with the CC31 firmware, can't be updated at all. The updater reports that the
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