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Storage Drivers, Utilities, and Firmware Thread


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Links:
Driver Station


Drivers:

Storage Company Firmware, Utilities, Downloads, etc.:

Utilites:

Benchmarks:

If you have an issue updating your firmware from within Windows do this:
  1. Click Start
  2. In the Start menu, type Device Manager, hit Enter
  3. Click "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers"
  4. You will see AMD SATA Controller, Intel SATA controller, etc., right click and click "Properties"
  5. Go to the "Driver" tab
  6. Click "Update Driver"
  7. Click "Browse my Computer"
  8. Click "Let me pick"
  9. You will see the option to choose "Standard AHCI 1.0 Serial ATA Controller", click this and click "Next" and let it install
  10. Then reboot and try to install the new firmware for your drive now
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Very good thread, Sean.
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Very good thread, Sean.

Thanks bud, got anything you'd like to add? biggrin.gif
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Yeah, how to be awesome like Sean :D

 
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Hey Sean

 

How do I update my SSD firmware?

 

Edit : Great. It seems that an SSD can not be updated if it is the primary drive and is booted on.

 

I am thinking that when my SSD arrives i should just connect it to my rig where my HDD is the primary bootable disc, and than upgrade the SSD via the toolbox of OCZ

 

Do i still have to enable the AHCI mode on the bios and so on?


Edited by iARDAs - 5/6/12 at 3:12pm
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iARDA
Best to do as you thought-
Update drive firmware w/OCZ toolbox first,before doing anything with drive.
You might need to have SSD hooked to one of the SATA ports on board(no ATA/Pata/USB 2/3 adapters)
Should take seconds.
Then,disconnect HDD completely,Install SSD on SATAIII port no.1-
Re-install W7.
As to AHCI,I have done it both ways.
Install in IDE mode & change once installed TO AHCI
or set BIOS to AHCI then install.
I believe W7 has AHCI drivers w/install,or gets them w/first update.
(some MB's need seperate,bizarre steps to add AHCI from USB/Floppy before install-
yours I believe is modern enough-it defaults to AHCI in BIOS)
Double check by searching OCN/Sean Webster's awesome SSD info posts/stickies,
look in official Sabertooth Z77 thread...
Best of luck!
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a note on firmware install for crucial m4 128 .. mobo is Asus p68.... the SSD drive and the bootable firmware must be on the same SATA controller or they do not talk to each other.....

also.. not sure this is the right thread .. hi Sean ... updating firmware killed my windows boot loader for me, i have just posted in your other thread and await some advice .. cant see windows install CD to run repair (which fixes the problem automatically) need a work around .. all bios settings are correct to be UEFI aware help?!
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redface.gif Forgive the Noobness showing here, but ... What are the SSD / HDD Utilities worth taking up space on our systems ?

 

I see Sean "THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND" Webster tongue.gif listed so MANY  ... yet only tend to see the same handful used by others here on OCN over and over again, like ;

 

 

What programs are really best / needed for making sure things keep running smoothly long term with out filling up my system with Bloat-ware Crap I'll never use ?

And is there some overlap in what the programs DO ... is one option better than another ?

 

Thanks in advance thumb.gif

   
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a note on firmware install for crucial m4 128 .. mobo is Asus p68.... the SSD drive and the bootable firmware must be on the same SATA controller or they do not talk to each other.....

also.. not sure this is the right thread .. hi Sean ... updating firmware killed my windows boot loader for me, i have just posted in your other thread and await some advice .. cant see windows install CD to run repair (which fixes the problem automatically) need a work around .. all bios settings are correct to be UEFI aware help?!

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Originally Posted by LA_Kings_Fan View Post

redface.gif  Forgive the Noobness showing here, but ... What are the SSD / HDD Utilities worth taking up space on our systems ?

I see Sean "THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND" Webster tongue.gif  listed so MANY  ... yet only tend to see the same handful used by others here on OCN over and over again, like ;

What programs are really best / needed for making sure things keep running smoothly long term with out filling up my system with Bloat-ware Crap I'll never use ?
And is there some overlap in what the programs DO ... is one option better than another ?

Thanks in advance thumb.gif
All you really need is Crystal disk info for SMART data readings and maybe HD Tune for HDDs to do corrupt sector scans...if anything at all.

I just have CDI and AS SSD on my system all the time as the portables.

AS SSD is for me to help trouble shoot other's rig as it tells me what driver/SATA mode they use, alignment, and a few other things based on scores of how they have their SSD set up.

Crystal disk mark varies too much depending on settings and lists no system information so it is not good for troubleshooting.

SSD life is whatever, I don't need it as the SMART data tells me the life of my SSDs.

Parted Magic is its own Linux OS, that doesn't count.
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Hi Sean,
There's something I don't completely understand with this and I'd like to clear it up before going into my first build incorporating an SSD.

In this post the sequence you have listed seems to recommend building a system with only the SSD connected, then updating firmware BEFORE installing Windows. I'm not sure how to go about this; I thought firmware had to be updated from within Windows environment.

Please help me out, I'm only new at this SSD stuff and I am trying to put enough research in to everything now (before parts arrive) that everything should go together smoothly.

Thanks,
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