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Firmware from one drive to another

Firmware from one drive to another

(OP)
I have one IBM LTO 4 drive with firmware code B710 and I want the rest of them to be the same (some are A23xx, some are 97xx, some others as well)

Is there a way for me to make a firmware tape and then load that onto other drives, or use tape tools to do it? I have not been able to so far :(

I did download b710 from IBM's website but every time I use tape tools to do the microcode download it fails saying invalid firmware.


RE: Firmware from one drive to another

What are your LTO's in? 3580? 3584? How are the connected? what is the server they are connected to? What is the OS of the server? A little more information and maybe someone can help you out.

RE: Firmware from one drive to another

(OP)
They are in a l180 linrary. Connected to a windows 7 machine for testing.

RE: Firmware from one drive to another

So the drives are not in an IBM library? I would contact the manufacturer of the Library , they should have tools to update the firmware through the library.

RE: Firmware from one drive to another

(OP)
Its an old STK L180 that we are using for a test, I dont believe they have such a tool and if they did it is not under warranty so I doubt that they will be so inclinded to pass that along.

RE: Firmware from one drive to another

(OP)
I know the IBM Tale and Library tools can be used to update firmware, and the older (1.2 I believe, CLI) has a "microcode dump" but it makes a dump file but not a copy of the Microcode firmware

RE: Firmware from one drive to another

You have to access each drive directly, and not through the library. If the drives have a serial port, you could update the firmware that way, it's been years since I've had to do it that way.

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