Hitachi Harddisks Thread (5K3000, 7K3000, 7K2000)

Konrad Szwab

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Hello,

I have scavenged three Hitachi HUA722020ALA330. The drives enclosure (EMC) says that they are 1 TB SATA drives and are detected as such under windows and a bit of meddling with diskpart to clean them up. However, the drive labels on top and research on Google shows that they are 2 TB drives.

I think EMC messed with the firmware to have these 2TB drives report as 1 TB for some magical "upgrades" later on (yeah, paranoia).

I have read this thread and tried to download the firmware 3EA and 3MA to them, but I get a download command fail (under Freedos, SATA controller set to IDE, drive detected as primary on Sata Port ). The firmware the utility shows currently on the drives is JKAOA3GX and seems to expect JK0VB3EA or 3MA (renamed files, jacked with them for about 2 days, read this entire thread back and forth).

Getting quite desperate. Any ideas ? @kryptex
 

Cipher

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Does anyone know which manufacturer released the A120 firmware? I have ten of the Ultrastar 7K3000 (HUS723030ALS640) 3TB drives and they all have this firmware. I've searched this thread and online and haven't found any reference to it.
 

silencer12

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According to the instructions to install the firmware. I would have to change AHCI to IDE/LEGACY. I am on an ASUS motherboard, and it is not possible to change to IDE mode. I can go to INTEL RST (RAID), and that's it. IDE mode is retired, and most motherboard manufacturers no longer use it.

Meanwhile, putting the FTool or Hitachi's Feature Tool comes up with a command error when loading it from a CDR after booting. Nothing wrong with the CDR. Maybe the image needs to be updated on Hitachi's end.

I have no floppy drive. I won't buy one just to try to update the firmware, and find out that does not work.


I guess this is Hitachi's way of making it impossible to update the firmware.
 

arvisam

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Sorry for asking this I did read a few posts on this thread and other related posts, but there seems to be no direct answer so far. Would appreciate any inputs on whether these 7k3000 SATA drives (3TB 3000GB 3.5" SATA Hitachi Desktop Hard Drive IBM NETAPP (HUA723030ALA640) HDD | eBay) would work in a regular desktop? I am getting conflicting inputs from the vendor who says it "should work" but they are unable to test on a regular desktop. Can anyone clarify? Thanks in advance.
 

silencer12

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Sorry for asking this I did read a few posts on this thread and other related posts, but there seems to be no direct answer so far. Would appreciate any inputs on whether these 7k3000 SATA drives (3TB 3000GB 3.5" SATA Hitachi Desktop Hard Drive IBM NETAPP (HUA723030ALA640) HDD | eBay) would work in a regular desktop? I am getting conflicting inputs from the vendor who says it "should work" but they are unable to test on a regular desktop. Can anyone clarify? Thanks in advance.

https://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-Deskstar-HDS5C3030ALA630-Internal-DESKSTAR/dp/B00684XVFS


Review the website on Amazon above. The drives are the same model number which is a deskstar drive. It is hitachi's line of normal desktop drives.
 

silencer12

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I am not sure how you arrived at that conclusion. The model in the ebay listing is clearly an Ultrastar (HUA723030ALA640) and not a deskstar model.


My bad. Ultrastar drives are Hitachi's enterprise drives. They can still work as a normal drive, even if you are not using the extra features that come with them. (raid)
I accidentally copied the wrong model number from your link.


I bought a similar hard-drive Amazon to yours for $99. Review the second website below.


Enterprise hard drive for desktop use?
 

bugmenot

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Hi everybody,

I have purchased a HGST 7K4000 2TB model (HGST HUS724020ALE640, Revision: MJ6OA580). The drive is working perfectly fine, but it is generating a lot of vibration and seek noise. Can anybody tell me where I can find the latest firmware for this HDD, and how I can potentially change its AAM configuration, in order to try to reduce the noise. I know this is a server HDD in a desktop case, and is therefore not really made for a desktop, but I would really like to use it as it is built much stronger than regular drives.

HDD Model: HGST 7K4000 2TB (HGST HUS724020ALE640)
Revision: MJ6OA580
P/N: 0F14685
MLC: MPK580
Type: DK7SAF200
FW: 580
C P/N: H3U20006472SE

Thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards
 

KonstantinG

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Does anyone have firmware for HDS722020ALA330 (2TB 7K2000 drive)?

Found I have some at NAS for 11 years, 94000 Power_On_Hours and still online, S.M.A.R.T. Ok.
 

emperatoor

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Hello to friends
I need new Hitachi HDS721050CLA362 Firmware
The current firmware is JP20A39C
Can I update my hard drive with Hitachi HiTest software?
Help me please