JJ Johnson

Can (should) firmware be updated on a new WD drive?

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I've recently been buying a few Western Digital Red 4TB drives. The first several had firmware 82.00A82, but the most recent one (manufactured about a month before the others) has firmware 80.00A80.

Can the firmware be upgraded on these drives? If so, is there any reason not to do so?

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It can be done but the HDD guys don't make the firmware available unless there's a rare serious issue that is resolved by a firmware flash.

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