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A "hard drive update" appeared on the software updates today. The description is a bit vague, saying only that some hard drives will have improved longevity with this firmware update. The page for this isn't yet indexed off of Apple's main download site, but it appears to be an OS-X version of this updater: [url]http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=120230[/url] As it turns out, the updater says I don't need it, so this is purely to satisfy curiosity, but does anyone here know what actual problem this firmware update fixes? -- David...

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    A "hard drive update" appeared on the software updates today. The
    description is a bit vague, saying only that some hard drives will
    have improved longevity with this firmware update.

    The page for this isn't yet indexed off of Apple's main download
    site, but it appears to be an OS-X version of this updater:

    [url]http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=120230[/url]

    As it turns out, the updater says I don't need it, so this is purely
    to satisfy curiosity, but does anyone here know what actual problem
    this firmware update fixes?

    -- David

    David C. Guest

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    Alan Quirt <HERONaquirtsympatico.ca> wrote:
    > In article <m2of0l7a6y.fsfqqqq.invalid>, [email]shaminotechie.com[/email] (David C.)
    > wrote:
    >> A "hard drive update" appeared on the software updates today. The
    >> description is a bit vague, saying only that some hard drives will
    >> have improved longevity with this firmware update.
    >>
    >> The page for this isn't yet indexed off of Apple's main download
    >> site, but it appears to be an OS-X version of this updater:
    >>
    >> [url]http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=120230[/url]
    >>
    >> As it turns out, the updater says I don't need it, so this is purely
    >> to satisfy curiosity, but does anyone here know what actual problem
    >> this firmware update fixes?
    >>
    > Don't know, but the IBM drive that came with my Gigabit Ethernet G4 died
    > after slightly more than a year, with bad blocks that could not be
    > bypassed. The extended warranty from my Visa card replaced it.
    > I ran the updater and it found no drives needing update.
    I downloaded the update and it did not find any drive in my 533DP that
    needed firmware updating. I have a Quantum in my system. The only
    report I have seen from someone who ran it and had a drive updated
    was that they had an IBM drive. They did not say which model.

    Joe Heimann

    Joe Heimann Guest

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