Shipping FW is listed on the drive itself, near the intel logo. It will probably come with the latest anyway.
What motherboard have you got?
MOBO - EVGA 141-BL-E760.
I looked on the SSD - it says FW: 02HA. Latest on Intel site is 02HD so I don't have the latest. Is 02HA OK or am I going to have decreased performance? The replacement SSD will be here today [out for delivery]. I will check the sticker - thanks for that info. If its not 02HD, should I try to update it or not? Totally my responsibility of course.....
Personally, I would update, but you might be lucky and get one that has 02HD already.
Is it Intel RMA or from a shop?
Regarding your board, good, it has ICH10R controller.
If your replacement comes with a previous version you decide to upgrade, I would:
- make sure you disconnect all other HDDs except SSD.
- make sure the SATA port you connect to is controlled by ICH10R
- in your BIOS, set SATA MODE (IDE) like you've already done, and LEGACY Mode Support (Enabled).
PS. your original problem sounded like the HPA (host protected area) of the drive had been modified. This isn't an uncommon thing, as it can be used to make drives appear smaller than they are, and for OEMs to reserve space on drives. From memory, Seatools (seagate) for DOS has the ability to reset the HPA. Basically, your old drive was probably fine, but during some process where the HPA may have been modified, and eventually got stuck, it made your drive appear 8MB in size.
The new SSD arrived with 02HD on it. I started to install Win7 on it. Right when it got to the part where you tell it where to install [the SSD was not formatted yet], the computert shut down. I restarted and now I keep getting a message telling me the BOOTMRG is missing and to hit CNTRL ALT DELETE to restart. Tried that - same thing.
I removed the Win 7 DVD and connected an external SATA drive that I have already installed Win 7 on. Disconnected the SSD also. Same message. So, NOW I think I have a MOBO issue. Any ideas ?
Back to the EVGA forum I guess. What next !!@@!
ah good, (that the drive came with 02HD). and ah yep, looks like you've got a system issue to track down i'd say.
The new SSD is working fine. I have been loading apps on it all day. Its FAST !! As for the old one, I am half tempted to work on it some more. I still have it. I don't have to return it to Amazon for 30 days. They ship the replacement first and give you 30 days to send whatever back. Beats an Intel cross ship for $25. I was lucky I had bought it recently. If I do start fooling with it again, and fix it, I'll post what I did - maybe it will help out someone else.
Thanks to all who responded.