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help e newb with an m4 ssd firmware upgrade, please

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I have two 128G crucial m4 ssd and was running them in raid 0. Didn't know that firmware upgrades were important so tried to install them with no sucess. I started at the easiest "method" by just running the update without any changes to the hardest. Currently I have my computer is running off of my HHD while my ssd's flap in the wind. In the last attempt I made, I cloned my OS etc onto my HHD and then broke the RAID in the raid config and set the EFI/BIOS to IDE, formatted both ssd's, made the boot disk, and rebooted. I got the same response as I always have "finding disks...". I've tried only one disk plugged in at a time. I've tried moving the SATA port physically. The two ports that the drives are connected to are dr0 and dr1. This my first build and I prolly have a lot to learn, I would really appreciate any help that anyone can give. Thank you!

MOBO: asus maximus iv extreme-z
SSD: 2 X Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
OS: Windows 7 64bit
CPU: i7 2600k
post #2 of 35
If your chipset has the "Legacy" or "compatibility" mode for IDE, you need to select that for it to work smile.gif
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Copy the firmware file to any writable CD. Make sure to burn the file properly (just drag & dropping file to the writable CD won't do any good &/or the file won't be recognized by your PC after boot up). Turn off you PC. Connect only (1) SSD &/or disconnect the other SSD then turn on your PC. Go to BIOS. Set the SATA mode to IDE. Go to Boot Section of your mobo & set the Boot Option #1 on the optical drive where the writable CD with updated firmware is located. Disable any other Boot Option (except Boot Option #1). Save the setting & reboot. After you reboot, your PC will read the content of the boot priority. If you do it right, it should see the updated firmware & will guide you from there. Do this procedure again with your 2nd SSD.

After the firmware upgrade, restart your PC & go back to the BIOS screen & set your BIOS setting back to the previous setting prior to your firmware upgrade. Save your setting & you're good to go.
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That's exactly what I have tried and the upgrade won't recognize the one drive I have connected.
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You have both power and sata cables going to it?
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yes I do. I disconnect the sata cable on one of the ssd's when I try to run the upgade.
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Make sure the sata is in one of the first...I think it's the first three sata ports? I was reading about it because I'm getting an m4 this week and it may not work if you don't use one of the first ports.
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That's exactly what I have tried and the upgrade won't recognize the one drive I have connected.

I believed you made either 2 mistakes.
1) You did not properly burn the firmware .iso file in the writable CD
2) Your boot drive (Priority #1) is the M4 SSd, instead of the optical drive that you put the writable CD on

What exactly is going on in the screen right after you boot up? Does it show that it's reading the optical drive & it sees the firmware file yet unable to upgrade it?
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Make sure the sata is in one of the first...I think it's the first three sata ports? I was reading about it because I'm getting an m4 this week and it may not work if you don't use one of the first ports.

It really doesn't matter if he put it in the 2nd or any other sata ports. If the optical drive is reading it then it will read it. The fact that it's not able to upgrade, I think he set the boot drive to M4 SSD connected to the SATA port instead of the optical drive with the writable CD containing the upgraded firmware.
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Ahh I see. That would make more sense.
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