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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
 

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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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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.
To avoid further confusion, set only (1) Boot Priority drive when upgrading you firmware. Set the Boot Priority #1 to the Optical Drive where you put the writable CD with the upgraded firmware so when you boot up your PC it will only read the optical drive instead of other Boot Priority drives.
 

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Not trying to hijack topic, did you get it to work?

What I plan on:
Disconnecting all drives but cd and new ssd. Booting from cd to install firmware. Then installing windows.

If he already installed the Windows, he doesn't need to reinstall it again if he only need a firmware upgrade for his SSD.
 

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I have one of the ssd's connected to drive 0 and had the other one connected to drive 1. I've burned the boot cd a couple of times, I'll try again after this post. I am booting from the the disk, I get the crucial logo and the program starts up. I am getting stuck where the firmware upgrade is searching for the ssd. The screen reads "Finding drives..." and just gets stuck there. I have one ssd connected to the drive 0 sata connection and the bios is in IDE-Compatible, I have formatted both of my drives, and believe that I burned the CD correctly. I will try again. Thanks for the help.
 

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I have one of the ssd's connected to drive 0 and had the other one connected to drive 1. I've burned the boot cd a couple of times, I'll try again after this post. I am booting from the the disk, I get the crucial logo and the program starts up. I am getting stuck where the firmware upgrade is searching for the ssd. The screen reads "Finding drives..." and just gets stuck there. I have one ssd connected to the drive 0 sata connection and the bios is in IDE-Compatible, I have formatted both of my drives, and believe that I burned the CD correctly. I will try again. Thanks for the help.


The fact that you're seeing the Crucial firmware upgrade program running seems like you burn the upgraded firmware properly to the writable CD. After getting the screen that reads "Finding Drives" & getting stuck somehow is the problem. Your PC can't find the M4 SSD that you connected to the SATA port O. Try pressing the clear CMOS button to reset your BIOS then set the BIOS again for SSD firmware upgrade.
 

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I have one of the ssd's connected to drive 0 and had the other one connected to drive 1. I've burned the boot cd a couple of times, I'll try again after this post. I am booting from the the disk, I get the crucial logo and the program starts up. I am getting stuck where the firmware upgrade is searching for the ssd. The screen reads "Finding drives..." and just gets stuck there. I have one ssd connected to the drive 0 sata connection and the bios is in IDE-Compatible, I have formatted both of my drives, and believe that I burned the CD correctly. I will try again. Thanks for the help.
When I updated my firmware for my SSD it couldnt locate the drive until I ran the program as administrator, might want to try that if you havent already.
right click, run as adminstrator
Didnt read the whole thread but if your upgrading firmware in windows this might help.
 

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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?

I just downloaded firmware upgrade again. To burn the CD I double clicked on the .ISO file. A burning program that came with my MOBO called Power2Go started up and burned the CD. Leaving the boot CD in the drive, I disconnected the ssd in drive 1 and left the ssd in drive 0 connected. I rebooted my computer, went into the EFI/BIOS set to IDE-Compatibility, set my boot option #1 to the optical drive (was already there), and disabled the boot option #2. I then saved and reset. The computer booted up from the CD I got he crucial splash logo then quite a few lines of information went flying by. The screen changed to across the top reading please read all documentaion accompanied with this program (or something similar) and that was surrounded by asterisks (*). Beneath that it reads "Finding drives..." I let it stay like that for about 10 mins and nothing happened. I then disconnected drive 0 and reconnected drive 1 then rebooted and got the same result for 10 mins. What am I doing wrong?
 

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When I updated my firmware for my SSD it couldnt locate the drive until I ran the program as administrator, might want to try that if you havent already.
right click, run as adminstrator
Didnt read the whole thread but if your upgrading firmware in windows this might help.

No I'm making a boot CD in windows that updates the firmware on boot up. I am the only user on my computer and therefore the admin. Thanks
 
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