'No Firmware Found' for my drive
Our Download Finder tool may tell you that your drive has no available firmware update. This article explains why.
This message means that the firmware on your disk drive is the most current version available from this website. This is typical when a disk drive is new and recently manufactured.
If your Seagate disk drive is used as a component in a name brand computer system, then the system manufacturer is usually responsible for firmware updates, so if you have questions, please contact the original equipment manufacturer.
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. Every drive family has a couple of firmware releases during the life of the product.
Please check in regularly at the Seagate Download Finder to determine if new firmware is available for your drive.
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. If firmware is available, we recommend that you make a backup 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.