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DVD Firmware Update Utility for Windows 8 (64-bit), 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), XP - ThinkPad
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DVD Firmware Update Utility
12.7 MB
FWSB2301 Jun 2014
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FWSB2301 Jun 2014

This utility will examine your system configuration and detect all SATA optical drive (ODD) installed in your ThinkPad. SATA (Serial AT Attachment) is a new interface for storage devices.

The utility will then check the firmware revision of the ODD and judge whether your system requires a firmware update or not.  If required, it will prompt you to run the appropriate firmware update program for your drive.

This package will run on the Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit) and Windows 8.
(Refer to marketing materials to find out what computer models support which Operating Systems)

There is no ISO format release for the SATA ODD firmware update.

Supported Systems
Supported Operating Systems
Summary of changes
Supported DVD Multi drives
Installation Instructions


Supported Systems
  • ThinkPad Edge E430, Edge E431, Edge E435
  • ThinkPad Edge E530, Edge E531, Edge E535
  • ThinkPad L430, L530
  • ThinkPad T430, T430i, T430s, T430si
  • ThinkPad T530, T530i, W530
  • ThinkPad X230, X230i, X230 Tablet, X230i Tablet
Supported Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 8   64-bit *1
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1  32-bit, 64-bit *2
  • Microsoft Windows XP  Professional SP3 *3


  1. IRST or AMD AHCI Driver or later
  2. IRST or AMD AHCU Driver or later
  3. IRST or later
Summary of changes

Version FWSB23

  • Added support for PLDS DS-8A9SH

Version FWSB21

  • Added support for HLDS GT80N and GU70N.

Version FWSB21

  • Added support for PPRD UJ8C and UJ8C2 and HLDS GT50N.

Version FWSB20

  • Initial release.
Installation Instructions
To check your SATA ODD make and model

To know a make and model of your ThinkPad ODD, following steps will be helpful.

  1. Click Start button on the task bar.
  2. [Windows XP]
    Select Run....
    [Windows Vista]
    Select All Programs then select Accessories and select Run.
    [Windows 7]
    Search programs and files.
  3. Enter devmgmt.msc and press Enter key or click OK.
  4. Click to open DVD/CD-ROM drives entry from the device list.
  5. You will find a make and a model of the SATA ODD.


  1. Start Windows and logon with administrative privileges.
  2. Download the listed file.


  • When you use this update utility, all the process has to been done under AC powered with a fully charged battery installed.
    This is for avoiding an accident of power lost.
  • The update utility will not find an optical drive in a Docking Station.
    In this case, please remove the drive and install it into a bay in your ThinkPad.
    If you encounter a problem installing a drive into your ThinkPad, please call your local Help Center.
  • The utility contains several executable files, but DO NOT RUN THESE PROGRAMS OTHER THAN SPECIFIED. Running these programs manually could ruin your drive.
  • The Optical Drive Firmware Update Utility does not support a suspend/hibernation/resume feature of the ThinkPad while the firmware update utility is running. Please do not use Fn-F4 or equivalent functions.
  • Remove an optical disc media from an ODD before start update.

Attention: Please do not power off the ThinkPad during the firmware update, or your optical drive may NOT be usable anymore.

  1. Run the downloaded file.
  2. Follow the instruction on the screen.
  3. There will be several files extracted.
  4. Open "My Computer" and open folders to reach where the Firmware Update Utility extracted. They will be in 'drive:\fwsbxx' subdirectory or under the fwsbxx folder under the file downloaded folder.
    (where 'xx' indicates a release version of the utility.)
  5. Find the fwwinod.exe and run it with double clicking.

Attention: Do not run other the programs. (see Notes above)

  1. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  2. [IMPORTANT] After the update process finished, shutdown the Windows and power it on again. Or your ODD may not work properly. An updated firmware needs to perform power on sequence to enable properly.

If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please do try the following options:
1. Lenovo Assisted Search
2. Product usage and general troubleshooting tips
3. Lenovo Support Forum
4. Technical Support Call Centre

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Document ID : DS035586
Last Updated : 02 Jun 2014
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