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      Hard drive firmware update utility (Bootable CD ISO) - ThinkPad

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      Hard Drive Firmware Update Utility
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      Create a bootable CD with this ISO image using CD recording software such as Record Now!
      This utility, on the bootable CD, will then examine your system, detect all 2.5/1.8 inch PATA hard drives (HD) installed, and then check the firmware revision of the drive. If required, it will prompt you to run the appropriate firmware update program for your drive.

      This firmware package is supported on the following ThinkPad systems:
      - A20m, A20p, A21e, A21m, A21p, A22e, A22m, A22p, i1800
      - A30, A30p, A31, A31p
      - G40, G41
      - R40, R40e
      - R50, R50p, R51, R52
      - T20, T21, T22, T23
      - T30
      - T40, T40p, T41, T41p, T42, T42p, T43, T43p
      - X20, X21, X22, X23
      - X30, X31, X32
      - X40, X41, X41 Tablet

      - The above information does not mean that any ThinkPad supports all of the Hard Drives listed.
      - This upgrade utility does not support some older models instead the diskette version must be used, a link is provided below.
      - This utility only supports IBM or Lenovo options.
      Additional information
      Summary of changes
      Supported hard drives
      Installation instructions
      Bootable diskette format of this firmware update link

      Summary of changes

      FWHD56 New drive firmwares


      • IC25N0xxATCS04 A7TA
      • IC25T060ATCS05 A7TA
      Click here for a complete list of changes made by this update

      Supported list of Hard drives
      • "x" means one or more characters
      • * means new to this release



      MHV2xxxAH PL
      MHR2xxxAT *
      MHS2xxxAT *
      MHT2xxxAT *
      MHV2xxxAT *


      Installation instructions
      • This package is compiled into an ISO format, which is compatible with CD writing software such as RecordNow, and writable to a CD-R or a CD-RW disc.
      • If your RecordNow CD writing program does not have a Burn Image entry, click here to upgrade RecordNow.
      • Any hard drive password must be removed prior to running this utility. Otherwise firmware can't be updated with error message.
      • A written CD-R or CD-RW disc will be bootable. It will boot from your ThinkPad optical disc drive and run the update utility program. Your ThinkPad may need to change the boot device setting to boot from an optical disc drive. See the Prepare boot device section in this document.
      • The hard drive firmware update utility bootable CD does not support USB optical disc drives, PCMCIA/CardBUS optical disc drives, optical disc drives in a docking station bay, or any other drives other than the optical disc drive in the ThinkPad UltraBay. Other drives will not be updated correctly by this firmware update utility.
      • The update utility will not find a hard drive in a docking station. In this case, please remove the drive and install it into a hard drive bay in your ThinkPad. If you encounter a problem installing the hard drive into your ThinkPad, please contact your local Support Center.
      • The utility contains several executable files, but DO NOT RUN THESE PROGRAMS. Running these programs manually could ruin your drive.
      • The hard 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.

      Making a CD-R or CD-RW disc to use
      This section provides instructions using the RecordNow! program to make a bootable CD. Please refer to your other product manuals when using other CD writing programs.
      1. Make sure you have a ThinkPad with a CDRW, CDRW/DVD combo or CDRW/DVDRW drive installed. Prepare a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc.
      2. Download the FWHD56.ISO file.
        Note: You may be able to double-click the file (FWHD56.ISO) to activate RecordNow! if it is the default CD recording software. Then click Burn to create the CD.
      3. Run RecordNow! from the Windows Start/Programs menu.
      4. Click Backup Projects from the tabs. (right most tab)
      5. Click Burn Image project. Follow the process.
      6. Choose the obtained ISO file in step 2 of this process to create your CD.

      Prepare the boot device
      The resulting CD-R or CD-RW disc includes an operating system and is bootable on the supported ThinkPad models. Confirm that an Optical Disc Drive is in the boot device list of your BIOS setup.
      1. Power off the ThinkPad, if it is turned on.
      2. Power on the ThinkPad.
      3. Press the F1 key to enter the BIOS Setup Utility when the ThinkPad logo is seen on the screen.
      4. Choose Startup from the menu
      5. Choose Boot from the menu (*).
        Note: Please write down the current boot priority order for restoration later if you need to modify your boot list.
      6. In Boot Priority Order, set ATAPI CD0 to the top of the list, 1.
      7. Press F10 to save the new setup.
      8. Power off or restart the system.
      Note*: Please write down the current boot priority order for restoration later if you need to modify your boot list.
      Installation guide
      After the above sections, Making a CD-R or CD-RW disc to use and Prepare the boot device have been completed, follow these steps. Please connect the AC adapter and use a fully charged battery to power the ThinkPad system during the update. This will avoid an accidental lost of power. Note: Install only one hard drive into your ThinkPad.
      1. Place the CD-R or CD-RW disc you created in Making a CD-R or CD-RW disc to use section into your ThinkPad optical disc drive.
      2. Boot the system with the firmware update utility.
      3. Drives that have been detected will be listed in the upper area of the Main Menu.
        • A blinking mark to the left of the drive listed indicates that an update is required.
        • No blinking mark to the left of the drive listed indicates that the hard drive has latest firmware and there is no need to update, or the firmware update is not for valid for your drive. Remove the firmware update utility and shutdown your ThinkPad.
      4. Follow the instructions on the screen to update the necessary drives.
      5. When the installation is complete, remove the firmware update utility CD or CD-RW from the optical disc drive and power off your ThinkPad system.
        Note: Do not restart the ThinkPad system using the Ctrl-Alt-Delete keys.
      6. Enter BIOS Setup Utility again, if you need to restore your original boot order and/or a hard drive password.
      Attention: Do not power off the ThinkPad system during the firmware update process, or your hard drive may not be usable anymore.

      Bootable diskette format of this firmware update link
      Click the link below to obtain the diskette image form of the firmware update utility:
      Hard drive firmware update utility (bootable diskette)

      • Alias ID: MIGR-62282, MIGR-62282-KR
      • Document ID:DS002826
      • Last Updated :23 Jun 2014
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