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    Default 10.3.9 and Oxford 922

    Greetings!

    Just heard the following as regards 10.3.9 and FireWire drives:

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    From: Apple - Downloads - Apple - Mac OS X Combined Update 10.3.9
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    http://www.apple.com/downloads/macos...pdate1039.html
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    !!! Important Note:
    Apple has identified an issue with external FireWire hard drives using the
    Oxford 922 bridge chip-set with firmware version 1.0.2 that can result in
    the loss of data stored on the disk drive. Even with the improvements
    available in this update, Apple recommends you update the firmware on your
    FireWire drive. Please contact your drive manufacturer for more information.

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    Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

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    I read that. I don't have Oxford 922, so its a "non-issue" and I don't know what the latest firmware out there is. Personally, I've had zero problems with my FW400 Granite case, but otherwise, don't trust FW and rely on other interfaces (SATA, but primarily SCSI).

    This issue affects all or our Slimline Ultra III 800, Stingray 800 and Spark 800 external storage devices manufactured prior to October 30, 2003 - and all other FireWire 800 drives.

    We have tested and are providing this firmware update for customers who purchased from us.
    All drive shipped from FirewireDirect after October 31 will include the update.

    If you purchased your drive before October 30 from FirewireDirect or anywhere else, unless you are 100% certain the Oxford firmware has been updated to v. 1.05, do not use any FireWire 800 storage products with Macintosh OS X 10.3. It can result in a catastrophic loss of data.
    http://www.firewiredirect.com/site/panther.shtml
    I think Apple is being "extra cautious" on this, just to be safe, but it sounds just like the 10.3.0 bug that we were NOT alerted regarding possible data loss.

    OXFORD 922 1.06 - 7/2004
    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21395
    http://fwdepot.com/firewiredepot/oxf...pdater_Mac.sit

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    Yeah, I hear you on preferring other formats. I'd just as soon have gone with a SATA outboard rig, but I'm out of PCI slots and can't justify a Magma box right now. Tempting as it is though.

    In my case, this is on an audio machine and there are three considerations that motivate keeping "activities" on different drives:

    system
    direct-recording
    streaming (e.g., samples)

    The first two take care of the internal drives, and the second got me to get an external 1394 drive (which are, no doubt for convenience, ubiquitous in the audio world).

    But the original post also made me wonder about FW400 too. Is that a non-issue?

    Thanks for your input!

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