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Maxtor Cobra 10K U320 36GB 68 Pin, Cobra 10K U320 36GB 80 Pin, Cobra 10K U320 73GB 68 Pin, Cobra 10K U320 73GB 80 Pin, Cobra 10K U320 146GB 68 Pin, Cobra 10K U320 146GB 80 Pin, v.DFX8, A02

This utility updates Atlas 10K IV drives from DFM0 to DFX8 version.

This utility is for the following Maxtor drives:

8W581 - HD,146GB,SCSI,U320,10K,68P,MXT
C4357 - HD,146GB,SCSI,U320,10K,68P,MXT
U3987 - HD,146GB,SCSI,U320,10K,80P,MXT
7W584 - HD,146GB,SCSI,U320,10K,80P,MXT
7W578 - HD,36GB,SCSI,U320,10K,68P,MXT
U3985 - HD,36GB,SCSI,U320,10K,68P,MXT
Y3397 - HD,36GB,SCSI,U320,10K,80P,MXT
5W925 - HD,36GB,SCSI,U320,10K,80P,MXT
5W913 - HD,73GB,SCSI,U320,10K,68P,MXT
Y3400 - HD,73GB,SCSI,U320,10K,68P,MXT
C4354 - HD,73GB,SCSI,U320,10K,80P,MXT
8W570 - HD,73GB,SCSI,U320,10K,80P,MXT

Fixes & Enhancements

The firmware change corrects issues such as drive hangs, improved error handling and performance enhancements


Version DFX8, A02


SCSI Drive

Release date

19 May 2004

Last Updated

03 Nov 2011


Available formats

File Format:Floppy
File Name:BR77299.exe
Download Type:HTTP
File Size: 829 KB
Format Description:This file contains a compressed (or zipped) set of files. Download the file to a folder on your hard drive, then double-click it to unzip the set of files. Follow the instructions to complete the installation.
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Supported Operating Systems
Red Hat Ent Linux 2.1
Red Hat Linux 8.0
Red Hat Linux 9.0
Windows Server 2003
Windows 2000
Applies to
Cobra 10K U320 146GB 68 Pin
Cobra 10K U320 146GB 80 Pin
Cobra 10K U320 36GB 68 Pin
Cobra 10K U320 36GB 80 Pin
Cobra 10K U320 73GB 68 Pin
Cobra 10K U320 73GB 80 Pin
Installation instructions
Custom Instructions for BR77299.exe:

Utility must be placed on a non-write protected diskette.

NOTE: In order to create this diskette, the file must be downloaded to and executed on a system running Microsoft Windows.

1. Click the "Download Now" link to download the file.
2. If the Export Compliance Disclaimer window appears, click the "I agree" link to accept the agreement.
3. When the File Download window appears, click "Save" to save the file to your hard drive.

Diskette Creation
1. Browse to the location where you downloaded the file and double-click the new file to create the diskette set.
2. Insert a blank diskette then click Continue.
3. After all the files have been copied to the last, click Finish.

NOTE: BACKUP ALL DATA BEFORE RUNNING THIS PROGRAM. Do not remove power from the devices or disturb the devices in any way while the download is in progress. Dell, Inc is not Responsible for any data loss resulting from the use of this program

NOTE: Before proceeding with the update, refer to README.TXT file, section 3.0 "Using The Update Utility" for important information regarding the update process.

Upon booting up from Update diskette, the user is displayed a menu and prompted to select the type of SCSI or RAID controller whose SCSI HDD is connected to.

1. LSI 1020 for PE1600 .....................................Controller
2. LSI 1030 for PE2600 .....................................Controller
3. 7890, 7899, 2940U2W family ..............................Controller
4. PERC2, PERC2/Si, PERC3/Si, PERC3/Di......................Controller
5. PERC3/SC PERC3/DC, PERC3/DCL, PERC3/QC...................Controller
6. PERC4/Di, PERC4/SC, PERC4/DC.............................Controller

If PERC3/xx, PERC4/xx is selected, the user is prompted to select
the channel number the drives are connected to:

1)Update Drives connected to Channel 0 of PERC3 ?
2)Update Drives connected to Channel 1 of PERC3 ?
3)Update Drives connected to Channel 2 of PERC3 ?
4)Update Drives connected to Channel 3 of PERC3 ?

Once the controller selection has been made, utility will prompt the user to continue the update. Follow the prompts to completely update all target Maxtor U320 10K devices found.

Once the update is complete Remove the diskette and reboot the system.
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Dell recommends applying this update during your next scheduled update cycle. The update contains feature enhancements or changes that will help keep your system software current and compatible with other system modules (firmware, BIOS, drivers and software).