6 Replies Latest reply on Oct 30, 2009 4:20 AM by modo

    Firmware upgrade after windows installation

      Sorry if it is a question already answered, but I cannot find it and having read all these posts on firmware upgrade problems, I just want to be sure.

       

      I just received my new x25-m g2 80 GB and I don't want to upgrade firmware until Intel comes out with a new one, hopefully without problems. My question is: if I install Windows 7 now, with firmware 1.3, and I upgrade later to 1.4 or whatever will be, will Windows TRIM be aware of old data blocks erased (and in need to be TRIMMED), or it will only be aware of data blocks erased after firmware update?

       

      It is a pain for me to watch my Intel ssd and not to install W7 instantly But if I have to reinstall it later, it is better not to have a useless write/reinstall on ssd cells. Thanks for answers.

        • 1. Re: Firmware upgrade after windows installation
          MixManSC

          Put that puppy to use!! You are fine to install 7 onto it immediatley. Windows 7 will properly alingn and partition the SSD and you will be stunned at the performance. The SSD Toolkit can be used to clean up any existing areas once the new firmware is ready.

          • 2. Re: Firmware upgrade after windows installation
            Fernando

            [quote]The SSD Toolkit can be used to clean up any existing areas once the new firmware is ready.[/quote]....unless you are running the SSD in RAID mode, because the SSD Toolkit doesn't work with RAID systems.

            • 3. Re: Firmware upgrade after windows installation
              modo

              My single SSD on a ICH10R chipset which is set to RAID mode (to allow my HD RAID array to work) but my SSD is not RAIDed. What will happen in this situation with the toolkit? I assume the TRIM command doesn't get passed to my SSD as my chipset in in RAID mode and I should schedule the toolkit to run the cleanup as if I wasn't using Win 7. Can anyone confirm this?

               

              Thanks

              • 4. Re: Firmware upgrade after windows installation
                Fernando

                As I already have written within my previous post you will not be able to use the SSD Toolkit for an SSD, which is running in "RAID Mode".

                Another question is, if the TRIM command will be transmited to the RAID'ed SSD while running Win7. The "Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager Technology" RAID drivers do not support the TRIM command, but maybe the upcoming AHCI/RAID driver generation of  the "Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology" (RST) will do it.

                I am running the not yet official RST driver v9.5.0.1037 and they gave my 2x160 GB Intel X25-M (2G) RAID0 system a big boost of performance (compared to the MSM driver v8.9.0.1023).

                • 5. Re: Firmware upgrade after windows installation
                  blowd

                  Im running Vista and a Single (due to RMA) SSD and another Raid0. Bios is set to Raid. Firmware update does not work with adapter set to RAID, but the Toolkit works.

                   

                  Hope that helps.

                  • 6. Re: Firmware upgrade after windows installation
                    modo

                    Blowd: That's what I thought but Fernando is suggesting the toolkit optimizer still won't work if chipset is set to RAID mode, even though the SSD is not part of a RAID array itself.

                     

                    Checking again I'm not sure this is right as the toolkit optimizer allows me to select the SSD and allows me to run it with a status of Passed. I would expect some sort of error message if this were not the case. Reading the white paper I can see it suggests the Optimizer does the same as TRIM for those of use that are not using ACHI.