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i have an ocz synapse (64gb version) and since its a normal sand force controller could it be possible to re flash the firmware to bypass the over-provisioning and use it as a normal ssd?
any one have any ideas on this?
possibly flashing it to their vertex3 60 gb drive?
i looked at their firmware update tools and it would appear that the process is automagical with its detection and forces you to use their firmware they picked out anyone know of a way to bypass this or use a different tool? if not anyone wanna trade a 64/60 gb sdd for my ocz synapse ssd? as i wanna use it in a spare laptop.. i know i can run it without it in cached mode and the over provisioning still work but i would rather have the extra space
Edited by duhjuh - 4/26/12 at 12:19pm
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My idea is that you can't without modded firmware.
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well its essentially the same exact board chips and proccessor as the vertexII so i was thinking "hmm what about that firmware"
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bump even though i bought a mushkin enhanced ssd
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I had two disasters with synapse cache 64Gb drives. Although I purchased a bunch of these last year, I'm afraid to use them now. I decided to try using a 64Gb synapse cache as a regular SSD boot drive. Diskpart was used to remove the OEM partition, and the drive was reformattted to a full 64Gb. The latest firmware was updated using OCZ toolbox, and the drive is recognized as a Synapse Cache. A clean install of Windows 7 was performed on the SSD, and it was paired with a 1Tb Seagate data drive. I've been running this for several days now without any problems, and the boot drive seems to be fast.
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WOW now THATS a thread necro...anyway i have long since gotten rid of that drive but the owner says its still cooking. i got rid of it because of my raid array ...literally the day after i sold it the updated the software to be allowed to be used with raid arrays frown.gif(and as a non system drive)
i may pick the 128gig(64gb usable) version for use in one of my homegrown servers layign around
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You care to explain what commands you used in DISKPART to free up the full drive. I have a 128GB but even in DISKPART its only showing the 64gb(59gb) partition.

Got these as refurbs free with purchase of new video card and would really like to use the full space a regular drive
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You care to explain what commands you used in DISKPART to free up the full drive. I have a 128GB but even in DISKPART its only showing the 64gb(59gb) partition.

Got these as refurbs free with purchase of new video card and would really like to use the full space a regular drive

The commands should be:

diskpart

list disk (to find the disk number for the OCZ Synapse Cache drive)

select disk x (where x is the disk number of the OCZ Synapse Cache drive)

list part (optional, just to look at the partitions on the OCZ drive)

list disk (verify the OCZ drive is selected, must have a '*' next to it)

clean (nothing else needed for the command, it cleans the selected disk)

list disk (does it appear differently now?)

list part (same for this command, partitions different?)

That's it. BE CAREFUL, selecting the wrong disk and running clean on it will wipe every bit of data on it!

Never had one of these drives, but the OCZ Toolbox will secure erase most OCZ SSDs very easily. Is the Synapse Cache drive locked out of this option?
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