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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

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).