where do you find the new firmware? do you mind to share a link? I certainly want to update the firmware before I put them into use.Got a heap of these through... checked every one of them and can't see any contacts ever making a mark on the copper contacts (SATA or POWER).
SMART data seems pretty well intact and reflected a "new" drive.
HPE has released new firmware for this drive, but as I'm running Windows 10, I'm not able to get it to flash without erroring due to unsupported OS.... I'd load up a win 2016 install if I could be bothered.. but don't think it's worth the trouble.