I got both my drives from amazon. Both have cc34. Do i have to upgrade to 35? Or is it just recommended? Updating seems complicated to me.
The update process
isn't overly complicated.
First download the iso image and burn it to a cd. You can use ImgBurn to do the burning.
I have a computer with a single hard drive in a hot swap bay. I powered it down and pulled out that drive and insert the new 5900 rpm drive.
Then, boot the machine using the CD. It shows some disclaimer page that you press ESC to go past. The menu of choices appears and you click "D" to install the firmware which takes about a few seconds. Then you power down...swap back the drives and that's it.
Except for some drives (like mine) I had to force the update because the installer didn't contain the model number for my drive. Doing the force isn't too bad either.
To force, instead of pressing "D" I entered CTRL+C which dumps you out of the menu to a command line prompt.
From there you type: FDL486A -m Hepburn -f HECC358H.LOD -s -x -b -v -a 20
The updated takes the few seconds and then returns to the command line prompt. You power off the machine and swap the drives - all done.