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    How to REALLY update Intel SSD firmware (02HD) from USB flash drive

    niemion

      As http://communities.intel.com/message/71345#71345 didn't work I found a better way update to the new firmware from a USB-drive:

       

      Before we start you'll have to Open "My Computer". Either from Start Menu or by hitting the Windows Button + E. Now in the new window, press ALT button. Select Tools, then Folder Options. Under View select "Show hidden files, folders, and drives". Also uncheck "Hide protected operating files". Select "Ok".

       

      A) Download the latest firmware, as we speak it's 02HD. http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18363

       

      B) Now you need a program like PowerISO or UltraISO to extract the content from the ISO file to a temporary folder of your choice.

       

      C) One of the extracted files is config.sys. Open the file with notepad and make sure to remove the two "A:\". The file should look like like this afterwards:

       

      DEVICE=HIMEM.EXE
      LASTDRIVE=Z
      BUFFERS=20   
      FILES=40
      DOS=HIGH,UMB
      DOSDATA=UMB
      SHELLHIGH=command.com /P

       

      D) Now navigate to http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/191416-dos-usb-boot-drive.html and download the two zip files, win98boot.zip and HPUSBformattool.zip.

       

      E) Unzip the win98boot.zip to a temporary folder of your choice.

       

      F) Insert you USB-drive.

       

      G) Extract the HPUSBFW.EXE from the downloaded HPUSBformattool.zip, and run the program.

       

      H) Make sure the tool has selected the correct device. Pick FAT32. Check quick format. Check create a DOS startup disk and browse to the folder with the unzipped win98boot.zip files. Click start, yes and ok. Close the tool.

       

      I) Now navigate to the extracted ISO files (the files we extracted in 2.) and copy them all EXCEPT command.com and paste them to the drive you just prepared with the HP tool.

       

      J) Restart and enter BIOS to select your USB-drive as your primary boot device. Save and exit.

       

      K) Now it should boot from your USB-drive and auto start the update proces.

        • 1. Re: How to REALLY update Intel SSD firmware (02HD) from USB flash drive
          jaronliu

          HI, the problem is I do not see the config.sys only kernel.sys. I am using magicISO. Please help.

          • 2. Re: How to REALLY update Intel SSD firmware (02HD) from USB flash drive
            niemion
            HI, the problem is I do not see the config.sys only kernel.sys. I am using magicISO. Please help.

             

            Open "Computer" from Start Menu or by hitting the Windows Button + E.

             

            Press ALT button. Select Tools, then Folder Options. Under View select "Show hidden files, folders, and drives". Also uncheck "Hide protected operating files".

             

            Press ok.

            • 3. Re: How to REALLY update Intel SSD firmware (02HD) from USB flash drive
              glugglug

              The only file you REALLY need to add from the .ISO, after creating the bootable USB flash drive with the HP tool, is iSSDFUT.exe.  Just run this from the command line after the USB drive boots to DOS.

               

              WinRAR is also pretty good for grabbing this file from the .ISO.

              • 4. Re: How to REALLY update Intel SSD firmware (02HD) from USB flash drive
                btmedic04

                Thanks for the guide niemion! it worked like a charm for me! i was having such a difficult time getting my ssd to update to the latest firmware

                • 5. Re: How to REALLY update Intel SSD firmware (02HD) from USB flash drive
                  henk99

                  I would also like to use this update method. I prepared an USB stick for this. However, In BIOS, I have no idea what to choose as a boot device. I have USB FDD, USB HDD, USB ZIP. I have tried them all, but I don't see the computer booting from it.

                  Any ideas?How can I check if the the USB drive is bootable or not?

                   

                  Update: During the boot sequence, I do see something like "USB Flash Drive" coming by, but that's it....no booting. I'm on Windows 7 (x86) by the way.

                  • 6. Re: How to REALLY update Intel SSD firmware (02HD) from USB flash drive
                    petter5

                    The easiset way to do this is to use Unetbootin http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/  that can be used on both windows and Linux.  Download and install Unetbootin for your windows/ linux computer.  Download the Intel firmware ISO image form intel.  Extract he file ISSDFUT.EXE from the iso image - this can be done with 7-7ip  http://www.7-zip.org/.  Start Unetbootin, Choose " Free DOS "  from the distrubuitoins menu and follow the instructions to create your bootable USB stick.  When this is finished, copy ISSDFUT.EXE to the root of your USB stick.

                    Once booted, hit enter and then select “Safe Mode”.  At the FreeDOS prompt (a:) go to the b: drive (i.e. type “b:”, without quotes, and hit enter)  and run the  the ISSDFUT.EXE script (i.e. type " ISSDFUT.EXE ", without the quotes, and hit enter). this will start the flash process, Enjoy

                    • 7. Re: How to REALLY update Intel SSD firmware (02HD) from USB flash drive
                      ichun

                      wow. this is amazing. will try this... soon. thanks.

                      • 8. Re: How to REALLY update Intel SSD firmware (02HD) from USB flash drive
                        ichun

                        Tried this, the update went really smooth, and took only a few minutes. thanks niemion!

                        • 9. Re: How to REALLY update Intel SSD firmware (02HD) from USB flash drive
                          eaw700

                          Sadly it didnt work for me, i have no idea what the deal is. The firmware upgrade just does not detect my SSD although im able to access it. Im also unable to install windows 7 into it. Installation stays on 1% then after a few hours it tells me it was unable to install. I'm definitly in a bind here nothing is workig for me. I'm thinking once i upgrade the firmware it will allow me to install windows 7.

                          • 10. Re: How to REALLY update Intel SSD firmware (02HD) from USB flash drive
                            ichun

                            check your bios, if you see anything funny about the drive, it might be dead.

                            • 11. Re: How to REALLY update Intel SSD firmware (02HD) from USB flash drive
                              eaw700

                              I finally got the firmware to detect the ssd by removing all other hard drives and putting the ssd on SATA 1. It told me the firmware was already upgraded. I was able to install vista 64 but not windows 7 64 for some reason. Maybe it has to do with the CD, although i've used it before and it worked fine. I'm goin to try putting windows 7 into a flash drive and see if that method will work.

                              • 12. Re: How to REALLY update Intel SSD firmware (02HD) from USB flash drive

                                This UNetbootin method above does not work folks. I tried it. The author also loses credibility when he instructs one to select B:\ as the root of the USB drive where iSSDFUT.exe should reside, when in fact it is rather C:\

                                • 13. Re: How to REALLY update Intel SSD firmware (02HD) from USB flash drive

                                  How to run SATA Solid-State Drive Firmware Update Tool from USB drive / stick when you don't have a CD-ROM drive available and you're running Linux.

                                   

                                  Using Ubuntu/ Debian Linux with GNOME desktop.

                                   

                                  1. Format your USB drive with FAT filesystem using System -> Adminstration -> Disk Utility program

                                  2. Whilst connect to the Internet, run UNetbootin program found in menu (once installed on your system) Applications -> System Tools -> UNetbootin

                                  3. In the UNetbootin program, select the distribution to install on your USB drive "Free Dos". It will commence to download the image and install it to your usb.

                                  4. Next download the Intel SATA Solid-State Drive Firmware Update Tool iso from Intel's website.

                                  5. Once download, we need to mount the iso image to get the files off it... change to the directory where you downloaded the file. Then...

                                   

                                  sudo mount -o loop intel_iso_image_file_name.iso /mnt

                                   

                                  6. Now mounted, copy the all the files from the iso disk image to the root of the USB drive.

                                   

                                  Umount your USB drive and we're done here. Now for the firmware update.

                                   

                                  1. Boot your USB drive by hitting F12 on your keyboard whilst your computer is booting. Your computer BIOS will hence present you with a menu to select your USB drive to use as the boot drive.

                                  2. UNetbootin will then present a blue screen with the word Default and a countdown from 10 seconds. Once the countdown reaches zero, you will then be presented with a black and white screen with a menu. VERY IMPORTANT. Select item 2 only - "FreeDOS Safe Mode (don't load any drivers)". Note, menu item 5, "FreeDOS Live CD only", will not work with intel ssd updater program.

                                  3. You will then be presented with a A:\ prompt. Enter "C:" (without quotation marks, of course) to navigate to the root of your USB drive.

                                  4. At the C:\ prompt, enter "command.com" (without quotation marks) and press your enter key. This will excute the command script.

                                  5. Now at the C:\ prompt you can enter "issdfut.exe" and the update program will begin. Follow the prompts and the instructions and you'll be finished in a jiffy.

                                  • 14. Re: How to REALLY update Intel SSD firmware (02HD) from USB flash drive

                                    I'm facing some problems. I downloaded the ISO file, and extracted with 7-Zip to get:

                                     

                                    [BOOT] folder with Bootable_2.88M.img inside

                                    iSSDFUT.exe

                                    README.txt

                                     

                                    Not seeing the config.sys, I installed PowerISO, extract the file using PowerISO, and ended up with only

                                     

                                    iSSDFUT.exe

                                    README.txt

                                     

                                    I then went ahead and extracted the Bootable_2.88M.img that I got previously using 7-Zip, and got:

                                     

                                    autoexec.bat

                                    COMMAND.COM

                                    fdconfig.sys

                                    iSSDFUT.exe

                                    KERNEL.SYS

                                    more.exe

                                    README.txt

                                     

                                    Still no config.sys so I went ahead and open fdconfig.sys, only to find this line:

                                     

                                    shell=command.com command.com /P

                                     

                                    What am I doing wrong?

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