Seagate products are run by firmware. Having the latest firmware can improve performance and or reliability of your product. Seagate recommends applying new firmware to enhance the performance and or reliability of your drive.
Like any software, firmware is improved over time and problems are also fixed. Many drive families have a couple of firmware releases during the life of the product. Please check the Download Finder regularly to determine if new firmware is available for your drive. As new firmware becomes available for other products we will make note of it there.
The following are informational articles about some of the most popular firmware updates:
Barracuda (1TB/disk platform)
Barracuda 7200.11 (alternate models listed here)
Barracuda ES.2 (SATA)
DiamondMax 22 (alternate models listed here)
If newer firmware is available for your drive, it will reflect the improvements we have engineered for the latest manufacturing. Firmware for legacy products will be the final release from manufacturing. Please note that Seagate does not offer details about specific firmware.
Until recently, firmware updates for typical desktop and laptop computers were difficult and somewhat risky. This situation, in part, was based on a lack of friendly firmware download tools and operating system limitations. This situation has improved and Seagate now offers firmware updates as a routine matter for the general support of your Seagate drive.
If you are troubleshooting a system or operating system problem, you should not consider firmware updates until after exploring more typical troubleshooting steps like file system error checking and anti-virus scanning. Please use the following links and instructions below to determine if firmware is available for your product. If firmware is available, we recommend that you make a back up before running the actual update and that you read and follow all instructions, cautions and warnings that may be displayed.
If the firmware upgrade installation instructions are not followed properly, the firmware upgrade could be data destructive and/or render your hard drive inoperable. As Seagate does not warrant the data on your drive, in addition to regular back-ups, your data should be backed up, if possible, before upgrading the drive firmware.
Follow these steps to determine if a firmware update is available for your drive:
Click here for instructions on how to determine your model and serial number.
Click here to use the Download Finder.