Updating firmware on optical drives

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As such, optical storage is more often used for backup or archival storage purposes and as a mechanism by which programs or data can be loaded onto magnetic drives.

Magnetic storage, being significantly faster and capable of holding much more information than optical media in the same amount of space, is more suited for direct online storage and most likely won't be replaced in that role by optical storage anytime soon.

For recent models, such as Thinkpad X200, Lenovo provides both win32 "BIOS update utility" and iso-image of "BIOS Update (Bootable CD)".

If you don't have Windows installed, the first option is obviously unavailable for you.

SSD manufacturers issue firmware updates throughout the lifetime of solid state drives (SSDs).

Your drive's manufacturer and firmware version appear in the Value box.A quick look at the BIOS Update (Bootable CD) iso-image shows that its , i.e. Therefore non of the methods discussed in BIOS_Upgrade/X_Series would work.There are many Linux tools which extract bootimages from iso-images, but after a search over the net, I didn't find any which works correctly with .The upgrade process can be even more difficult for those without an optical drive and spare media.Sometimes, it's just handy to boot up from another drive and handle your update that way.Keep your hard disk drives and solid-state drives running smoothly by keeping their firmware up to date.

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