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A Web-based, Diskette-less, Hard Disk Drive [HDD] Firmware [FW] Upgrade Utility

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015086D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Nov-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A Web-based, diskette-less, Hard Disk Drive [HDD] Firmware [FW] Upgrade Utility A web-based program is disclosed that updates HDD FW without the use of a diskette. This simplifies the update process for the typical user who has no knowledge of their HDD, are increasingly less likely to have a Floppy Disk Drive [FDD] in their system, and requires fewer manual steps. -HDD information is gathered from the OS via Self-Monitoring And Reporting Technology [SMART] commands. -FDD is not required, this solution utilizes eFlash technology (virtual diskette resident in memory previously patented by IBM).

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A Web-based, Diskette-less, Hard Disk Drive [HDD] Firmware [FW] Upgrade Utility

A Web-based, diskette-less, Hard Disk Drive [HDD] Firmware [FW] Upgrade Utility

A web-based program is disclosed that updates HDD FW without the use of a diskette. This simplifies the update process for the typical user who has no knowledge of their HDD, are increasingly less likely to have a Floppy Disk Drive [FDD] in their system, and requires fewer manual steps.

-HDD information is gathered from the OS via Self-Monitoring And Reporting Technology [SMART] commands.

-FDD is not required, this solution utilizes eFlash technology (virtual diskette resident in memory previously patented by IBM).

-Steps required by previous and this disclosed methods are shown below:

The previous DOS based version of this HDD FW upgrading involves the following steps:

boot to OS (Win98*, Win95*, WinNT*, Win2000*) and go to website

download disketteA which can tell you the necessary information about your HDD

boot disketteA to DOS mode to find out necessary information

boot disketteB to DOS mode to update firmware


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The utility described in this disclosure requires only the following steps:

boot to OS (Win98*, Win95*, WinNT*, Win2000*) and go to website

utility uses SMART commands and finds out necessary information utility compares these values to a table which contains the correct update values utility downloads the correct eFlash firmware upgrade

eFlash automatically reboots system in D...