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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:09 pm 
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Hi all

I've got (arriving soon) an Hitachi 7k100 100 GB HDD [HTS721010G9AT00] and I wanted to replace the OEM firmware with the IBM version, as to get rid of the 2010 error on my T43p.

It seems the files suggested for this, from the topic viewtopic.php?f=31&t=20858 , are no longer available.

I don't suppose any of you nice people have the files laying around or could provide me with instructions on how to flash it without them particular files?

Thanks!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:19 pm 
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Don't mess with firmware.
Instead install TTAV134's BIOS from here: https://archive.org/details/T43SLIC2.17 ... 0ByTTAV134

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:01 pm 
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RealBlackStuff wrote:
Don't mess with firmware.
Instead install TTAV134's BIOS from here: https://archive.org/details/T43SLIC2.17 ... 0ByTTAV134


That certainly sounds safer, and that's probably what I'll end up doing in the end.


For future reference, though, I might have figured it. Does this sound right for me?
1. Download Lenovo's PATA HDD update tool (https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/dk/en/oldd ... s/ds002826)

2. Find the FW.PRO file on the downloaded ISO and make a note of the line containing your drive, e.g.
"HTS721010G9AT00","MCZIA41M","MCZIA5DA","MCZIA5DA.bdr","hfui15.exe","IA5DA","/u mpcA5DAb.tbl"

Details to note in my case:
MCZIA5DA.bdr: New firmware file
hfui15.exe: Flash program for specified harddisk
IA5DA: Version control phrase
mpcA5DAb.tbl: CHECKSUM file

3. Burn the bootable ISO to a CD

4. Boot the CD up on the ThinkPad in question

5. At prompt enter 'copy mczia5da.bdf mczoa5da.bdf'

6. Then run hfui15.exe oa5da mczia5da.bdr /f mpca5dab.tbl

7. Finally run hfui15.exe ia5da mczia5da.bdr /f mpca5dab.tbl

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:32 pm 
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There's no need for it, once the modded BIOS is installed.

I've never done it and never will either.
IMHO it's a total waste of time, especially with TTAV's BIOS available. YMMV.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:06 pm 
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RealBlackStuff wrote:
There's no need for it, once the modded BIOS is installed.

I've never done it and never will either.
IMHO it's a total waste of time, especially with TTAV's BIOS available. YMMV.


You're right, changing the BIOS does sound like less work and less risk. That's what I will do instead, I think.

Thanks for the link to the new BIOS! This will save me a potential headache.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:24 am 
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FYI the firmware utility is here:
https://support.lenovo.com/ca/en/solutions/migr-64744
Since your model is not officially supported, it is better off with the BIOS whitelist, but I used that utility instead and it works great - as long as you know what you are doing. The autorun's success rate is not high and does not allow you to do anything else, so the better way is to dig inside and see which is the right version to run, start dos and run it there

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:50 am 
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It does list my model on that page, it seems :) .

If I decide to use the FW update method instead of the BIOS update method, would the steps I listed above be the correct way to proceed?

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