IDE should be ok for the firmware update but may I ask first, did the Intel® SSD come preinstalled in your computer or did you purchase it separately?
This issue could be simply data/registry corruption after the Windows* upgrade and performing a secure erase and a clean Windows* installation may solve it.
This is an Inspiron 530 that I installed the intel ssd a few years after buying. I did a data migration (was running Vista at the time) and have been running it that way until now when I upgraded to Windows 8.
I bought a Samsung but I haven't opened it yet. If you think it's just a software issue I will send back the Samsung and reinstall Windows on the the intel. I just don't want to have to reinstall windows again more than once. It takes a few hours to get windows and all the programs installed. Do you think it's a safe go on the Intel ssd?
I did have it installed for one day before I did the firmware update and the programs that were causing problems after the firmware update were not causing problems before.
The firmware version appears to be OK for this drive. You may try running the update tool again or reinstalling Windows* since the test on the drive passed OK.
If by any chance the drive does not work you may contact your local Intel® support group for a warranty replacement.
Message was updated by: Joe H.