Niagara Quick-Start Guide

• To get Niagara, go to the Rochester Firmware Tools Team website:

Download the appropriate .exe file. For the Customer edition, for example, go to the Customer Page, choose Niagara, and then choose the version that matches what you want. The filename should be something like NiagaraSetup_Customer_1.2.8.exe.

After saving the .exe file, double-click on it to run the Niagara installer. We recommend accepting all of the default setup options, unless you have specific needs that you know of.

After Niagara is installed, you can find its icon in your Start Menu. To start, choose ‘Niagara (SPTI)’ or ‘Niagara (ASPI)’. (See note at end of document.*)

The first time Niagara is executed, an initial window will open with the purpose of locking drives from all Niagara operations. It is a good idea to block Niagara from performing operations on your computer’s system drives--the drive(s) on which you have the Operating System. Select the drives in the left pane that you know that you want to ‘lock’ out of Niagara, then click the rightarrow button to move them into the ‘Locked’ pane. Click Close when you are finished locking your system drives.

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Niagara Quick-Start Guide • When Niagara is finished initializing and opening, you should see three windows. The first window (the Niagara Console Window) is essentially a status window that shows command results and error information. Some Niagara operations have windows for any resulting data, while others put data in this Console window.

The Niagara Command Window is your main GUI for performing operations. From here you can select drives, open operation windows, or operate immediate commands. For example, to download new firmware to a drive, click the ‘Download Code…’ quick button. Enter the proper firmware binary filename that you want to put on the drive, and click the Execute button. You will see running status and error messages of the firmware download in the Niagara Console Window. Finally, the Abort Tcl window is a means by which to abort any running Niagara operations.

More tools are available from the Command Window’s Tools menu. These are generally tools that you won’t need to use very often.

By default, Niagara operations are performed on the single drive that is currently selected/checked in the Niagara Command Window. There might be times, however, when you want to perform Niagara operations on several drives automatically. The trick for selecting multiple drives is to first uncheck the ‘Synchronize Console/GUI’ option in the Command Window. With this option unchecked, you can select/check multiple drives in the Command Window. Copyright © 2005 Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Page 2 / 3

Niagara Quick-Start Guide When multiple drives are selected, all Niagara operations should operate on each drive sequentially. For example, to download the same firmware to multiple drives, perform the ‘Download Code…’ operation having selected multiple drives in the Command Window. Niagara will automatically cycle through all of the drives that you selected, downloading the new firmware to each one in turn (with status in the Console Window).

This is an example of pressing the Inquiry button with multiple drives.

*NOTE: By default, Niagara is installed with an option to run on Adaptec’s Windows ASPI layer. In order to use this feature of Niagara, you need to first download the ASPI layer from Adaptec’s website. (Go to, choose Support, Downloads, SCSI Software, Windows ASPI Package, and then whatever version is the most recent [v4.71.2 as of the writing of this document].) As an alternative to ASPI, you can use Niagara with the SPTI option, which is an integral part of all Windows 2000 and XP operating systems.

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