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Goodredroad Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Dec 11, 2012 1:46 AM

I upgraded to a Samsung SSD and i didnt upgrade my firmware, and read tons of places that you need to. How can i do this, for the life of me i can find A samsung SSD firmware update for Mac

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Dec 11, 2012 1:51 AM (in response to Goodredroad)

    You can update, but you have to install the update booting from a USB with the firmware files > http://www.samsung.com/us/support/ Make a backup of your files before updating the firmware

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Dec 11, 2012 2:25 AM (in response to Goodredroad)

    You're right. Samsung doesn't support firmware upgrades from any UNIX-based operating system (OS X, Linux...), so you have to boot from a USB drive with firmware files to upgrade it

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,590 points)
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    Dec 11, 2012 4:48 AM (in response to Goodredroad)

    Most people find that they cannot 'see' drives anyway even with linux boot CD.

     

    Windows, piece of cake.

     

    Pull all your drives when you do to avoid any mistake.

     

    #1: Do you know that your Samsung does not have current firmware?

    #2: Usually you do want to, but do you need to?

     

    Which model?

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  • Loner T Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 1:13 AM (in response to mende1)

    For a Samsung 840 pro (Mac Mini 2011 primary boot with firmware DXM03B0Q.), I have tried the following, to upgrade to DXM04B0Q firmware (Dec 13, 2012)....

     

    1. Create a USB boot from Samsung SSD Magician v3.2.1. Error - "No HDD EBIOS".

    2. VMs (like VMware Fusion) do not see the SSD, but just a volume. Cannot Update.

    3. Create a CD boot from Samsung Magician. Not recognised by the Mac Mini as bootable. Tried with Multiple CDs, which are perfectly readable in OS X and Linux.

    4. Tried 'Target Fire Wire Mode' as both Target and Host. Cannot see the SSD, but just the volume where OS X is installed. Cannot update.

    5. Using http://derek.chezmarcotte.ca/?p=188 and building my own FreeDOS (1.0 and 1.1) which has issues with the DSRDGUI0.EXE not working. It generates an error.

    6. Bootcamp seems to be the best alternative, but requires a Windows install and Bootcamp does not make it easy. There is no support for external disks in ML and requires Windows 7.

     

    It has been a frustrating experience so far.

     

    Message was edited by: Loner T

  • Loner T Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 10:17 AM (in response to Loner T)

    A little more research on this subject....

     

    http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?66742-Summit-Firmware-fla sher-for-OS-X&p=477134&viewfull=1#post477134

     

    The issue referred to item #3 is discussed here.

     

    Quite a few comments here as well....

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mihb8YQzDxw

     

    So Bootcamp or the ability to remove the SSD, update it and put it back in a Mac seems to be the only route right now. . Perhaps Samsung can develop a Mac updater which would be a .

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,135 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 10:27 AM (in response to Loner T)

    I had to update a Kingston SSD. I pre-placed the updater stuff at top-level on a drive. I booted up from an IsoLinux CD, then had to type in a "Terminal" window:

     

    Sudo <updater_name>

     

    When I did that, instead of trying to run the Updater under the Linux GUI, it was able to see the drive and updated fine.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), &amp; Server, PPC, &amp; AppleTalk Printers
  • Loner T Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 11:21 AM (in response to Grant Bennet-Alder)

    @Grant...You are using a KIngston SSD, but OP was referring to a Samsung SSD. Two different products.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,135 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 12:42 PM (in response to Loner T)

    You are right, of course. I was trying to suggest this as a concept plan to try, not as a recipe.

     

    In my case, when I ran the Kingston updater under the Linux GUI, it could see no SSD drives at all. When I ran it with Sudo, it looked the same, but found Internal SSD drives immediately.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), &amp; Server, PPC, &amp; AppleTalk Printers
  • Loner T Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 4:14 PM (in response to Grant Bennet-Alder)

    Grant Bennet-Alder wrote:

     

    You are right, of course. I was trying to suggest this as a concept plan to try, not as a recipe.

     

    In my case, when I ran the Kingston updater under the Linux GUI, it could see no SSD drives at all. When I ran it with Sudo, it looked the same, but found Internal SSD drives immediately.

    The Samsung SSD use a DOS executable unfortunately. I will check when I get home.

  • Loner T Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 8:01 PM (in response to Loner T)

    The CD version fails/hangs. No Joy...

     

     

    Intel 6 Series Chipset:

     

      Vendor:          Intel

      Product:          6 Series Chipset

      Link Speed:          6 Gigabit

      Negotiated Link Speed:          6 Gigabit

      Description:          AHCI Version 1.30 Supported

     

    Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series:

     

      Capacity:          256.06 GB (256,060,514,304 bytes)

      Model:          Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series             

    Revision:          DXM03B0Q

      Serial Number: X12RNEACB32050X    

      Native Command Queuing:          Yes

      Queue Depth:          32

      Removable Media:          No

      Detachable Drive:          No

      BSD Name:          disk1

      Medium Type:          Solid State

      TRIM Support:          No

      Bay Name:          Lower

      Partition Map Type:          GPT (GUID Partition Table)

      S.M.A.R.T. status:          Verified

      Volumes:

    disk1s1:

      Capacity:          209.7 MB (209,715,200 bytes)

      BSD Name:          disk1s1

      Content:          EFI

    Sharma's HD:

      Capacity:          255.2 GB (255,200,751,616 bytes)

      Available:          242.04 GB (242,042,028,032 bytes)

      Writable:          Yes

      File System:          Journaled HFS+

      BSD Name:          disk1s2

      Mount Point:          /

      Content:          Apple_HFS

      Volume UUID:          C4D7A149-DCD1-384C-BCC9-218867AF9D2B

    Recovery HD:

      Capacity:          650 MB (650,006,528 bytes)

      BSD Name:          disk1s3

      Content:          Apple_Boot

      Volume UUID:          C97E18F5-F067-335A-A600-01182B5E5895

  • LAFANGA Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
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    Dec 20, 2012 1:29 PM (in response to Loner T)

    I am in the same boat, just bought a samsung 840 pro SSD and am trying to look for a way to upgrade the firmware to the latest version.

     

    Has anyone found a resolution to this yet?

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