7 Replies Latest reply on Jan 22, 2011 9:27 PM by parsec

    Intel SSD is not attached or disabled.. (but it is...)

    SirGCal

      OK, I'll try to make this as short as possible.

       

      Got a new X25-M 80G OEM... First thing was wanted to check the firmware. Downloaded, made CD, booted with the SSD in place, formentioned message. Thought, hmmm. Maybe it has to be formatted first for some reason. Went back into XP, formatted the drive, tested it with a small file, worked fine, went back to the boot; NADA. Tried a different SATA controller (the external), still nada...

       

      This is on a MSI 790FX-GD70 motherboard if that helps at all.

       

      I'm stuck.. I'm at a loss.

       

      Also, in XP, I use the downloadable Intel Tools to see if there's something it does. None of the buttons work... None what-so-ever. I plan on installing Win7 but I can't until the drive is ready... So... I'm stuck.

        • 1. Re: Intel SSD is not attached or disabled.. (but it is...)
          SirGCal

          I've answered my own question... The readme specifically sais it will work in legacy (IDE) or AHCI mode... This is a LIE! Ok, maybe not but the particulars with the controlller on my motherboard obviously didn't get along. I reverted back to IDE mode and it worked fine.

           

          I was able to update from Firmware 2CV102HA to the new 2CV102HD.

          • 2. Re: Intel SSD is not attached or disabled.. (but it is...)
            SirGCal

            AHCI mode obviously could be the issue on your similar situation. Revert back to IDE, run the upgrade, then change back to AHCI (or whatever other mode you run). Simple solution looking back though not as obvious to us who have been running AHCI for so long we plum forgot about IDE...

            • 3. Re: Intel SSD is not attached or disabled.. (but it is...)
              ferrugia

              I just wanted to add that it also didn't work for me in RAID mode (I have 3 modes in my BIOS: IDE, RAID, AHCI). The firmware update wasn't able to detect the drive until I, as you already stated, changed to the plain-vanilla IDE mode.  Thanks.

              • 4. Re: Intel SSD is not attached or disabled.. (but it is...)
                parsec

                If you are going to install Windows 7 on your SSD, you did not need to do anything to the SSD, Windows 7 will prepare the drive and have you create a volume and partitions if you desire during the installation.  I don't see anything stopping you from installing Win 7 on your SSD now.

                 

                Windows XP does not have a native AHCI driver, so unless you  installed one, your results when simply enabling AHCI mode will be  unknown.

                 

                For the Intel SSD Toolbox to work, you need to have .NET Framework V2.0 installed, which does not come with XP.  The Toolbox should have prompted you to download that.  Problems with the Toolbox and XP are not uncommon.

                 

                Attempting to update the firmware in RAID mode will likely fail.  FYI, the TRIM command will not be passed to SSDs in RAID mode.

                 

                How did you get a "new" X-25M SSD with the old firmware?  I purchased one in April of 2010, and it had the latest firmware.

                 

                Message was edited by: parsec

                • 5. Re: Intel SSD is not attached or disabled.. (but it is...)

                  I am in similar "boat" in that I am getting "Intel SSD is not attached or disabled" message when trying to upgrade the firmware to 2.0.1.000.  Also, the Intel Toolbox doesn't recognize the SSD as an Intel SSD (all drives are greyed out).

                   

                  I have the X25-M 80G as my boot drive with Windows 7 64bit, however my motherboard (older Dell XPS600) apparently doesn't have any options to specify IDE/AHCI/etc.  I am comfortable letting Windows 7 handle the SSD but think I should upgrade to the newer firmware.  I had no problems clean-installing Win7 X64 onto my SSD (during setup I reformatted the 2nd partition using Win7).

                   

                  Any suggestions for this scenario (no option to toggle AHCI in BIOS) to get the Intel SSD firmware update?

                  • 6. Re: Intel SSD is not attached or disabled.. (but it is...)
                    DuckieHo

                    Guest wrote:

                     

                    I am in similar "boat" in that I am getting "Intel SSD is not attached or disabled" message when trying to upgrade the firmware to 2.0.1.000.  Also, the Intel Toolbox doesn't recognize the SSD as an Intel SSD (all drives are greyed out).

                     

                    I have the X25-M 80G as my boot drive with Windows 7 64bit, however my motherboard (older Dell XPS600) apparently doesn't have any options to specify IDE/AHCI/etc.  I am comfortable letting Windows 7 handle the SSD but think I should upgrade to the newer firmware.  I had no problems clean-installing Win7 X64 onto my SSD (during setup I reformatted the 2nd partition using Win7).

                     

                    Any suggestions for this scenario (no option to toggle AHCI in BIOS) to get the Intel SSD firmware update?

                    Have you tried updating your motherboard BIOS?  What storage controller does your motherboard have?  What does the OS see the Intel SSD as under Device Manager?         

                     

                    I don't believe you need AHCI for firmware updates.

                    • 7. Re: Intel SSD is not attached or disabled.. (but it is...)
                      parsec

                      I'm confused about several things in your post.  It seems you are confusing the Intel SSD Toolbox software release version number with the X-25 M SSD firmware revision number.  The SSD Toolbox software and SSD firmware are two very different things.

                       

                      The SSD Toolbox runs on your PC and is stored in your SSD's or HDD's normal storage area, while firmware is specialized code that is installed and runs on the SSD's onboard controller chip only, there is no user control or interface to it.  The Toolbox has a user interface for performing tasks on a SSD, and could have the "grayed out" area you refer to.

                       

                      In all of the SSD firmware update documentation, no where is "2.0.1.000" seen.  The firmware is referred to as either 2CV102HD or 045C8820, generally the latest version.  The latest version of the Intel SSD Toolbox is definitely 2.0.1.000, since I use it and that is the version number on it.

                       

                      I can't comment on what you are actually trying to do until you sort this out for us.  The original post is about the SSD  firmware, not the Toolbox.

                       

                      You also have provided very little information about your PC, besides a Dell XPS600.