Is it possible to get these SAS Hitachi drives to work on a "normal" system?

Terry Kennedy

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Indeed it isn't: firmware is 900k, while the size of the chip is 512k - it'd not fit.
For many years, the flash chip on the drive only stores enough code to be able to spin up the media and respond to a subset of commands from the host system - the rest of the firmware is written to the media and loaded as overlays by the loader in the flash chip. That's "free" (to the manufacturer) extra firmware space. The only reasons the flash chips used haven't decreased in size are a) Below a certain capacity there's no price decrease on smaller parts, and b) The command set the host system expects to be able to issue to a non-spinning drive has increased over time, requiring a relatively large amount of flash-resident code.

This is also why you can't generally swap logic boards between drives of the same model unless they are running the same firmware version.
 

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Since (my last post in this thread in) March I have bought at least 2 dozens of different SAN vendor branded HUC1090(CobraE) and HUC1060(CobraD) drives for less than $5ea - hoping to get a single drive with this problem. Tough luck - all of them worked just fine after formatting to 512b sectors. With prices having dropped so low I do not have any incentive to spend any more of my own time on this.

But there is a guy from Singapore taunting the guys at HDDGuru forum who claims to be able to reflash the drives.
 

mzfk

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Good news man, but firmware update need HYDATA DRT-SCSITOOL utility. I cannot find this anywhere.

this is link to hydata
宏宇DRT-SCSITOOL服务器硬盘数据恢复工具软件

no clickable link to download :(


Since (my last post in this thread in) March I have bought at least 2 dozens of different SAN vendor branded HUC1090(CobraE) and HUC1060(CobraD) drives for less than $5ea - hoping to get a single drive with this problem. Tough luck - all of them worked just fine after formatting to 512b sectors. With prices having dropped so low I do not have any incentive to spend any more of my own time on this.

But there is a guy from Singapore taunting the guys at HDDGuru forum who claims to be able to reflash the drives.
 

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Hi. I would like to add. I have a few of these disks. See this list:

# lsscsi -g
[0:0:0:0] storage HP P410i 6.40 - /dev/sg0
[0:0:0:4194240] storage HP P410i 6.40 - /dev/sg3
[0:1:0:0] disk HP LOGICAL VOLUME 6.40 /dev/sda /dev/sg1
[1:0:0:0] disk SE_HGST DKR5D-J600SS B8B8 /dev/sdb /dev/sg2
[1:0:1:0] disk HITACHI DKR5C-J600SS APAP /dev/sdc /dev/sg10
[1:0:2:0] disk HITACHI DKR5C-J600SS ARAR /dev/sdd /dev/sg4
[1:0:3:0] disk SE_HGST DKR5D-J900SS B8B8 /dev/sde /dev/sg5
[1:0:4:0] disk SE_HGST DKR5D-J900SS BEBE /dev/sdf /dev/sg6
[1:0:5:0] disk SE_HGST DKR5D-J900SS B8B8 /dev/sdg /dev/sg7
[1:0:6:0] enclosu NETAPP DS224IOM6 0173 - /dev/sg8
[2:0:0:0] cd/dvd Optiarc DVD RW AD-7561S AH52 /dev/sr0 /dev/sg9

The interesting disks are sg2 to sg7 + sg10. I tried using SeaChest_Firmware by Seagate, which identified the disks correctly, however, failed to change firmware (unsupported). I have tried using sg_write_buffer, but again, for no avail (the command I have used was sg_write_buffer -v -m 5 -I /tmp/sas/payload/N440.fwh /dev/sg2 - I have Dell firmware called N440.fwh), but it failed.
I found HGST tools in this FTP server: ftp://ftp.abacus.cz/distribuce/HGST/ where I got "HGST device manager" (used for ST disks, so not for me) and 'hugo' which seems like the best tool for the task. The tool shows the disks, is willing to download their logs, and happy to do whatever I say, except that it claims that the disks are in 'self test' mode, which prevents doing anything. Hugo command to abort the self-test fails.
Hugo shows the disks like this:
(hugo) s

Manuf. Model Serial Interface Capacity Type Firmware Status
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1) HGST DKR5C-J600SS PZJA671D SAS 600 GB HDD APAP In Test
2) HGST DKR5D-J900SS KVH97PRF SAS 900 GB HDD B8B8 In Test
3) HGST DKR5D-J900SS W8G608MX SAS 900 GB HDD BEBE In Test
4) HGST DKR5D-J900SS KVH3ZRMF SAS 900 GB HDD B8B8 In Test
5) HGST DKR5C-J600SS PPX1EZ8D SAS 600 GB HDD ARAR In Test
6) HGST DKR5D-J600SS W7GDSM3X SAS 600 GB HDD B8B8 In Test

And, as I've already written - an attempt to abort the test fails:
(hugo) abort -s PZJA671D


Drive self test status for Device: PZJA671D... Running [abort failed].

So firmware updates fail as well:
(hugo) u -s PZJA671D -f /root/firmware/CEGNB5B0.bin

Update not executed, device is currently in test: PZJA671D
WARNING: Firmware on device PZJA671D did not change from previous version.

If anyone has any further ideas, I would be glad to hear them. I have many more disks like this (they were from NetApp, I think) of 600 and 900GB, and I would really like them to work. I hope I give some additional info which will make some of you able to make these disks work.

Thanks!
 

Belial

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Perhaps this link may give everyone a further boost on this subject. I have a few of those HGST drives also that I would like to use.

EBLEND IT: Flash Dell Firmware into Seagate Generic Drives (ST3450856SS to HS11 Firmware update, maybe others)

This is the Dell HGST update firmware

HGST SAS drive models HUC109030CSS600, HUC109060CSS600 and HUC109090CSS600 firmware version N440 | Driver Details | Dell US

If there is an utility to flash it, why not use it? The HYDATA DRT-SCSITOOL is way too expensive for the average users here having a few of those drives so the Dell flash utility may be worth looking into.
 
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mzfk

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Perhaps this link may give everyone a further boost on this subject. I have a few of those HGST drives also that I would like to use.

EBLEND IT: Flash Dell Firmware into Seagate Generic Drives (ST3450856SS to HS11 Firmware update, maybe others)

This is the Dell HGST update firmware

HGST SAS drive models HUC109030CSS600, HUC109060CSS600 and HUC109090CSS600 firmware version N440 | Driver Details | Dell US

If there is an utility to flash it, why not use it? The HYDATA DRT-SCSITOOL is way too expensive for the average users here having a few of those drives so the Dell flash utility may be worth looking into.
Thanks dude , but Seagate drive not same as HGST drives. I flashed firmware on many seagate drives with no problem , and some hitachi models, but only Cobra D can't reflash any methods.
 

BuZa

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DKR5*-***** disks reprogrammed succeeded. But the procedure requires intervention with special equipment. In the process of updating the firmware on these disks, several checks are performed, which cannot be performed only using software methods with the help of controller commands.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/184111761571
 

mzfk

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hi!

as i know, some peoples find method how to reflash these drives... can somebody give us method to do this?
 

BuZa

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It is necessary to pick in the service sectors and ROM. Writing a loader and loading it only programmatically does not work.
 

bustedtyre

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I just got my 60pc. DKR5D-J600SS unlocked, reflashed with standard A5B0 firmware and reformatted to 512 bytes/sector. Drives work like a charm!
 

opasha

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Hi. I would like to add. I have a few of these disks. See this list:

# lsscsi -g
[0:0:0:0] storage HP P410i 6.40 - /dev/sg0
[0:0:0:4194240] storage HP P410i 6.40 - /dev/sg3
[0:1:0:0] disk HP LOGICAL VOLUME 6.40 /dev/sda /dev/sg1
[1:0:0:0] disk SE_HGST DKR5D-J600SS B8B8 /dev/sdb /dev/sg2
[1:0:1:0] disk HITACHI DKR5C-J600SS APAP /dev/sdc /dev/sg10
[1:0:2:0] disk HITACHI DKR5C-J600SS ARAR /dev/sdd /dev/sg4
[1:0:3:0] disk SE_HGST DKR5D-J900SS B8B8 /dev/sde /dev/sg5
[1:0:4:0] disk SE_HGST DKR5D-J900SS BEBE /dev/sdf /dev/sg6
[1:0:5:0] disk SE_HGST DKR5D-J900SS B8B8 /dev/sdg /dev/sg7
[1:0:6:0] enclosu NETAPP DS224IOM6 0173 - /dev/sg8
[2:0:0:0] cd/dvd Optiarc DVD RW AD-7561S AH52 /dev/sr0 /dev/sg9

The interesting disks are sg2 to sg7 + sg10. I tried using SeaChest_Firmware by Seagate, which identified the disks correctly, however, failed to change firmware (unsupported). I have tried using sg_write_buffer, but again, for no avail (the command I have used was sg_write_buffer -v -m 5 -I /tmp/sas/payload/N440.fwh /dev/sg2 - I have Dell firmware called N440.fwh), but it failed.
I found HGST tools in this FTP server: ftp://ftp.abacus.cz/distribuce/HGST/ where I got "HGST device manager" (used for ST disks, so not for me) and 'hugo' which seems like the best tool for the task. The tool shows the disks, is willing to download their logs, and happy to do whatever I say, except that it claims that the disks are in 'self test' mode, which prevents doing anything. Hugo command to abort the self-test fails.
Hugo shows the disks like this:
(hugo) s

Manuf. Model Serial Interface Capacity Type Firmware Status
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1) HGST DKR5C-J600SS PZJA671D SAS 600 GB HDD APAP In Test
2) HGST DKR5D-J900SS KVH97PRF SAS 900 GB HDD B8B8 In Test
3) HGST DKR5D-J900SS W8G608MX SAS 900 GB HDD BEBE In Test
4) HGST DKR5D-J900SS KVH3ZRMF SAS 900 GB HDD B8B8 In Test
5) HGST DKR5C-J600SS PPX1EZ8D SAS 600 GB HDD ARAR In Test
6) HGST DKR5D-J600SS W7GDSM3X SAS 600 GB HDD B8B8 In Test

And, as I've already written - an attempt to abort the test fails:
(hugo) abort -s PZJA671D


Drive self test status for Device: PZJA671D... Running [abort failed].

So firmware updates fail as well:
(hugo) u -s PZJA671D -f /root/firmware/CEGNB5B0.bin

Update not executed, device is currently in test: PZJA671D
WARNING: Firmware on device PZJA671D did not change from previous version.

If anyone has any further ideas, I would be glad to hear them. I have many more disks like this (they were from NetApp, I think) of 600 and 900GB, and I would really like them to work. I hope I give some additional info which will make some of you able to make these disks work.

Thanks!
Were you or anyone able to figure this out? Thanks!


I just got my 60pc. DKR5D-J600SS unlocked, reflashed with standard A5B0 firmware and reformatted to 512 bytes/sector. Drives work like a charm!
I have all the standard firmware, but what tool did you use to flash the firmware? HGST and HUGO don't work. Neither does DELL's SASDUPIE.exe. Thanks!
 

Popica

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Hi there,
Hitachi DKR5E-J1R2SS 1.2TB HUC101212CSS600
i just formated into 512b from 520b and i can't write anything on them,
All steps for reformat was made unde Windows with sg3_utils, so i think need to make one fw update ?
Now they show fw: GCGC
Have one FW : U5E0.fwh
Anyone can help me to figure out what happen and how to make them work ?