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Hi all, OCN and SSD newbie here with a question. I just purchased my first SSD, which is on its way, and I was wondering if updating the firmware is something I should do before or after I install an OS on it. Can it be done before hand by just plugging it in next to my current HDD setup? Thanks!
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BSOD! half dozen times since 0309 firmware.. just saying not blamin....cant open anything .. not even my computer...any desktop icon clicked or program tried to open it spins and eventually says server error .. windows was FAST to start gagging and handicapping me ..less than 24 hrs after the notice my serial was no good..flawless operation for the last week or so and since set up , updates etc.. no clue the serial was going to go blacklist... nother serial installed and said it wasnt jivign with bios ..so M$ gets my call and the link to the M$ way of backup i looked at and thought any way other than M$ would be my course... but if you say thats the only way to get it all, so be it.... thanx Sean you Rawk !

I'd just back up the data and not do a system image and reinstall completely.
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Originally Posted by octowilli View Post

Hi all, OCN and SSD newbie here with a question. I just purchased my first SSD, which is on its way, and I was wondering if updating the firmware is something I should do before or after I install an OS on it. Can it be done before hand by just plugging it in next to my current HDD setup? Thanks!

Yep, do it when you get it, just plug it in your system as it is now and update as instructed by the manufacturer.
post #1853 of 5384
Just installed windows on my new 128GB m4, updated firmware and its all running fine.

Question is why do i only have 83GB free from 119GB, did windows take 35GB ?

EDIT 1 - scratch that,turned off hibernation and manually set 6gb page file,103GB free thumb.gif

EDIT 2 - How are these results?
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As a total SSD novice many thanks for the superb guide, just installed a Crucial M4 128GB drive and your detailed advice was invaluable. Only problem I have is updating the firmware, when I use the boot CD it does not recognize my drive.

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What mobo do you have? It needs to be plugged into 1 of the first native SATA ports.

Thanks for replying, my board is the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3-B3, and I plugged it into the SATA3_0/1 port (SATA 6Gb/s - Controlled by Intel Z68 Chipset). Perhaps I should use the Marvell Controlled GSATA3_6/7 port though you advise against this I think?
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You mean boot to a different disk that has a different copy of windows on it? I'm not exactly sure what you mean...

What I mean is this:

1.) You remove your OS SSD from the computer (unplug the SATA cable)
2.) Turned ON the computer without the OS SSD and receive NO OS error after POST
3.) Plugged back in the OS SSD and boot the computer again

Will it have no problem booting it again? Won't Windows Boot Manager be confused when I do all these steps?
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Just installed windows on my new 128GB m4, updated firmware and its all running fine.

Question is why do i only have 83GB free from 119GB, did windows take 35GB ?
I just installed it on my m4 and Windows 7 grabed ~25GB.
Did you check that you disabled system recovery (plus the other suggested tweaks)?
Because there are some things that take disk space. And you really dont want that.
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You mean boot to a different disk that has a different copy of windows on it? I'm not exactly sure what you mean...

What I mean is this:

1.) You remove your OS SSD from the computer (unplug the SATA cable)
2.) Turned ON the computer without the OS SSD and receive NO OS error after POST
3.) Plugged back in the OS SSD and boot the computer again

Will it have no problem booting it again? Won't Windows Boot Manager be confused when I do all these steps?

Nope, shouldn't have any problem at all.. when you plug the drive back in, the UEFI should find it again, and list it in the boot priority list.

Silly question, but why?
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I just installed it on my m4 and Windows 7 grabed ~25GB.
Did you check that you disabled system recovery (plus the other suggested tweaks)?
Because there are some things that take disk space. And you really dont want that.

Yep check the post again ^

Got 104GB free now with System Restore enabled.

Never liked the idea OF NOT having system restore and it came to use! I was having display driver issues with on board graphics. It would just conk out on windows boot. Had to use system restore 4 times to get the issue sorted, at least I was able to go back to where I first installed any drivers. Otherwise I would have had to reinstall windows. So i'm leaving system restore on, not taking too much space, total windows install and drivers is now only 16GB or so.

I have noticed one thing, booting up isnt as fast with 6 HDDs and an IDE writer attached
    
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What should I do first thing when I get my Crucial m4 tomorrow? Not sure if it will have the latest firmware.
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Burn the firmware on a cd/dvd or use a usb flashdrive (<- I dont like `em smile.gif). Then reboot with the medium containing in place.
Before it updates the firmware it checks the version you already have. If it is the newest -> just type "no" and you are good to go.
If it is not the newest one type "yes". So it is very simple and you shouldn`t have problems. thumb.gif
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