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How to update firmware for SSD

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  • Loner T Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Dec 21, 2012 6:15 AM (in response to LAFANGA)

    Talking to Samsung Tech Support has been a slow process with a final admission that FreeDOS-based route does not work on OS X. Not sure why Samsung chose not to use EFI route.

  • LAFANGA Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
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    Dec 21, 2012 8:13 AM (in response to Loner T)

    So how are you meant to update the 840 pro SSD?

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)
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    Dec 21, 2012 8:55 AM (in response to LAFANGA)

    Install Windows. You can usually get a trial demo, or find a PC.

  • Loner T Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Dec 21, 2012 1:10 PM (in response to The hatter)

    The PC route requires one to pull out the SSD, upgrade firmware, and put it back in the Mac. This process has to repeated for every firmware update for the SSD.

  • Loner T Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Dec 23, 2012 10:19 PM (in response to Loner T)

    Using a Windows 7 installation (temporary), I can successfully update FW using the SSD Magician software.

     

    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:          DXM04B0Q

     

    I do not plan to keep Windows 7 long-term.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)
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    Dec 24, 2012 6:53 AM (in response to Loner T)

    repeat rinse wash.. how many firmware updates to you envision? are SSD vendors that bad?

  • Loner T Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Dec 25, 2012 5:42 PM (in response to The hatter)

    Using DOSBox (unsuccessful...).

     

    http://imgur.com/fNNM7

    http://imgur.com/bQgrp

    http://imgur.com/4zfkq

     

    @Hatter... Not very many. Eventually, SAMSUNG will probably have a MAC tool as well, but the early buyers may suffer a bit. I understand your point-of-view.

     

    As a test, I ran SeaTools (Seagate built using FreeDOS) which works on another MAC with a Seagate drive, but have not tried OWC/Crucial/OCZ to see if they may help or not.

     

    May just leave it at this point.

  • LordZedd Calculating status...
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    Dec 31, 2012 4:58 AM (in response to Goodredroad)

    If the drive works, you do NOT need to update the firmware.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 5:17 AM (in response to LordZedd)

    sometimes they seem to work or work for x number of days and weeks, but IF there is firmware READ WHAT it  addresses in any case and DO check that and online forums before you buy as well (or Google for Mac related issues with the device).

     

    Anyone that has ever been hit knows, such as Seagate 7200.11 1TB model just how bad it can be. Or iMac w/ Seagate SATA as well.

  • LordZedd Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 6:00 AM (in response to The hatter)

    I have owned 5 Seagate 7200.11 drives, all of which are still in use, with ZERO issues.

  • LAFANGA Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 11:22 AM (in response to Loner T)

    Using a Windows 7 installation (temporary), I can successfully update FW using the SSD Magician software.

     

    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:          DXM04B0Q

     

    I do not plan to keep Windows 7 long-term.

     

    What cable did you use to connect to your windows machine??

  • Loner T Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Jan 1, 2013 6:06 AM (in response to LAFANGA)

    LAFANGA wrote:

     

    What cable did you use to connect to your windows machine??

     

    I had to create a bootcamp installation on my MacMini, so it is an internal SATA connection.

     

     

     

    @UAofE - Whether it is an 840 Pro or a regular 840 or 830 Samsung, the challenge remains the same.

  • Jeremy Rojas Calculating status...
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    Jan 23, 2013 8:52 AM (in response to Goodredroad)
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,180 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 10:01 AM (in response to Jeremy Rojas)

    OWC uses a similar bootable ISOLinux, under which you run their firmware updater.

     

    Linux is small enough you can boot and run it directly from the ISOLinux DVD, without having to Install a great wad of stuff. In some cases, pre-placing the firmware update files on a Hard Drive may come in handy.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • Loner T Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Jan 24, 2013 5:19 AM (in response to Jeremy Rojas)

    Jeremy Rojas wrote:

     

    has anyone tried using the Mac ISO posted here?

     

    http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/samsungssd/downloads.html

     

    The ISO is identical (at least md5sums match) with the Bootable CD/DVD that SSD Magician 3.2 creates.

     

    @Grant... the challenge is providing a BIOS equivalent to the bootable CD/DVD which allows access to hardware.

     

    One option that I have not explored is running the bootcamp installer with Windows 7 and replacing the W7 DVD with this ISO (using 'option' key followed by alt-eject key) before the boot process actually starts, which may provide a compatible CM-BIOS environment. If someone wants to try this and report on this thread, it would help others.

     

    Here is a UTube video which provides a visual equivalent of what I am referring to (the video refers to installing WXP on a boot-camped ML).

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-odj1jbuKj4

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