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  • gavjones Level 1 (0 points)

    I have just ordered the drive and I have (probably) a couple of stupid questions.

    1) How do you find out what firmware a drive has? Through Disk Utility?
    2) How do you install the SD24 firmware when using a Mac? I have seen there is a Windows program.


  • Buma85 Level 1 (0 points)
    1. Follow the instructions and download the file for non-windows OS.

    2. Once downloaded, a disk image will appear on you desktop but ignore this.

    3. Insert a blank cd.

    4. Open Disk Utility.

    5. Right click the file name with .iso after it (not the disk image) and select 'burn to disk' --> this will take about 5 mins to burn.

    6. Once the burn is completed a CD should appear on your desktop named "Seagate".

    7. Restart mac and hold down option (alt) as soon as you hear the chime.

    8. Hold until you see the Macintosh HD boot disk and what should be a CD named Seagate. Click on Seagate.

    9. This will now boot your mac in DOS off the cd (which is required to update the firmware).

    10. First a read me will pop up but just press ESC to take you to the menu.

    11. Select upgrade firmware from the selection menu.

    12. It will do its thing then shutdown your mac.

    13. Reboot using the same method as step 7 but click on Macintosh HD as the boot disk.

    14. Your done and your drive is now running SD24.
  • Roman1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Oh, in case it would help anyone: I routinely format my HDD before installing OS or restoring from a backup using Disk Utility > Erase > Options > Secure Delete > Rewrite with Zeros. I'm not going to go into discussing the use of this, because I've had experience when doing this made a difference.

    So if some of you had been frustrated with getting the drive to work, perhaps you could try this before giving up.

    Good luck!
  • gavjones Level 1 (0 points)

    I wondered if anyone could shed some light on a new issue.

    I have installed the Seagate Momentus XT 500 in my Macbook Pro 13" Mid 2009 and what I am finding is that it is takes around 1 minute from boot to the login screen.

    I have seen video's on YouTube where their MBP boots in around 15 seconds.

    I have installed the SD24 firmware incase that had an impact.

    Once the MacBook Pro has booted its lightning quick.


  • CESNET Level 1 (45 points)

    In my case I have the autologin setup, but I checked startup time till it launches QuickSilver and the first time it took 38" but after that it takes about 20".
    I bought my momentus 3 weeks ago, so I guess the FW must be quite recent.

  • gavjones Level 1 (0 points)
    I found the issue in my case.

    All I needed to do was reset the PRAM and it seemed to boot much quicker, around 25 seconds.


  • kooh Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm on the Momentus XT right now. I was also worried about battery life, going from a 5400 RPM to 7200 RPM drive but since your most often-used data is written to the SSD portion, the platters spin less often, thus actually saving battery life (or realistically just evening out the difference). You will feel some mild vibration but it is barely noticeable. If you use your MacBook on a hard surface such as a desk, you may notice it, but other than that you will never feel the difference between this and your old hard drive.

    I would have to highly recommend this drive. I can feel the performance increases every single day, and I timed my boot up today from the minute I pushed the power button until my desktop was loaded it took just a hair over 19 seconds. This drive is one of those things that you add to your system and then wonder how you ever lived without it!
  • Macsterguy Level 1 (90 points)
    Go to the Seagate site to read and get links: g=en

    WHAT IT SAYS IS THIS (without links):

    New firmware version: SD24

    Please verify your drive model number, serial number, and firmware revision using the Drive Detect software.

    This article applies to the following models.

    *MINE WAS THIS ONE ---> ST95005620AS*

    If the firmware upgrade installation instructions are not followed properly, the firmware upgrade could be data destructive and/or render your hard drive inoperable. As Seagate does not warrant the data on your drive, in addition to regular back-ups, your data should be backed up, if possible, before upgrading the drive firmware. Additional information on backing up the contents of your drive can be found at the How To Use section of our website. Though this firmware upgrade to your product is a change to the product, the terms and conditions of your Seagate warranty for the product will remain effective to its normal expiration. For other warranties on your product please consult the warranty documentation provided by your supplier.

    The firmware update utility runs within Windows. Download and run SD24 firmware update utility here.

    *For non-Windows systems with Intel compatible processors we also offer a bootable CD ISO image, which will create a bootable CD. For instructions on how to create a bootable CD please see: How to burn an .iso image onto a CD.*

    Click here for firmware update utility GPL open source downloads.

    Firmware Survey: Seagate is committed to providing efficient information to our customers. In order to better understand our customer's knowledge needs, we are conducting a customer survey on firmware information covered in this article.
  • tommykatts Level 1 (0 points)
    I am interested in upgrading to this HD in my MacBook (white). I am wondering whether it drains battery really quick? Thanks.
  • Coolmax Level 2 (195 points)
    Mine had the latest firmware -- the store I bought from made sure I had one.

    It's running great in my Macbook. Couldn't imagine one without it!
  • tommykatts Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you. When I get this drive, I amm planning to dual boot with windows7 because some softwares for work inly run on PC. Just wondering, how to do the partition in this drive? anything special? how to divide the regular drive and the SDD part? Any potential complications?
  • gavjones Level 1 (0 points)

    I use the drive in the exact same configuration as you, I have the Seagate 500 equally split between 10.6 and Windows 7.

    You dont make any special allowances for the "SSD" part of the drive, the Seagate manages itself and decides what goes into flash and what is written to disk.

    All you do if fire up BootCamp assistant and let it do the work, it will partition the drive in what ever size variants you wish.

    All I would suggest would be that once you have installed W7, to ensure you install the bootcamp drivers from the 10.6 disk and also download versions 3.1 and 3.2 of bootcamp for windows from as I found the trackpad and magic mouse work better.

    You may hit some issues with the bluetooth working, if you do post back and ill take you through it.


  • v6sonoma Level 1 (0 points)
    To those on the fence with this drive I can tell you that a few weeks ago when I was looking to replace my 4 year old macbooks 120GB 5400rpm drive I read all the stuff going around on these drives and although I was a little apprehensive I went ahead and got one. I have a "late 2006" Black macbook with a 2.0 Ghz core2duo and 2 gigs of ram. The drive I bought had firmware sd23 on it. I installed it with no problems and using Time Machine was back up and running in no time. I also used BootCamp to put WinXP on and that to went fine. After a few boot ups and program openings it starts in less than 30 seconds and Aperture 3 opens almost instantly. I feel it works great but the only "complaint" I have is that the drive always spins. It never stops unless you go into sleep mode. I upgraded the firmware to SD24 to see if it would change that but it didn't. I can live with it. Battery life seems to be the same as it was with my old drive. So aside from a little vibration from the never stopping drive it's an excellent drive. Speed is outstanding. I would buy it again. My advice. Bestbuy sells it. If you don't like it you can return it within 90 days.
  • SigMac Level 1 (10 points)
    I just replaced my stock Hitachi 5400RPM 500GB drive with a Momentus XT 500GB in my i7 MacBook Pro. I used a SATDOCK22R Stand Alone Duplicator to clone the original drive. Took about 2 hours for it to duplicate. Installed the Momentus and my MacBook booted right up. Bootcamp boots up fine too. I did have to reactivate Microsoft Office as it detected the new hardware, but otherwise everything works normally. I'm running SD24 firmware.

    Only been using the system for a few hours now but so far it seems a bit snappier which is good. Battery life seems worse, I'm at 47% right now and it says 2:09 remaining and I've only used it for about 2 hours. But before I cry foul I will run through a battery calibration and give it a few days of normal use.. I have been restarting and booting up quite a bit on this charge...
  • iWeasel Level 1 (0 points)
    I bought one of these for my 2010 15" i7 MBPro...and so far I have mixed feelings about it.

    The performance increase is undeniable - applications launches are significantly peppier and I have at least halved my boot time...not that I restart that often.

    The downside at the moment is that my battery life seems to have taken a significant hit (more so than I have experienced previously in moving from a 5400 to a 7200 on a MBPro) and the system ability to consistently measure and monitor current battery life seems very erratic now - it leaps from 2-5 and back to 90 minutes again without any real change in the applications I am running.

    I reckon now with light usage and at 40% brightness, I am getting around 3-4.5 hours....rather than the comfortable 6 I was before.
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