8 Replies Latest reply on Nov 9, 2009 1:10 AM by Stiggy

    Safe to install TRIM firmware on a blank/new drive?

    Darth

      I have a new 160GB x25M G2 drive and am wondering if i should go ahead and upgrade the firmware to the new one and then install windows 7 64bit.

      I skimmed through the POLL thread and it seemed people who installed it on a clean drive seemed fine.

      Is this the case? Did anyone have a busted drive by upgrading firmware on a blank/new drive?

       

      Should I upgrade or just install win 7 with the existing firmware and then risk re-installing OS all over again just in case some future firmware sucks as much?

        • 1. Re: Safe to install TRIM firmware on a blank/new drive?
          dbm

          You see the the thread with all the issues regarding win7 64 bit.  You have a 50% chance of succeeding.   You can't upgrade the firmware because Intel pulled it; unless you downloaded before the pulled it.   Unless you are computer savy i would wait until Intel post the fix.

           

          BTW, it is safe to install the firmware on a new drive, but i would be hesitant on using it with windows 7 given the issues.

          • 2. Re: Safe to install TRIM firmware on a blank/new drive?
            Zorlac

            Im in the same boat. My P55 build has been put on hold because of this. I am not going to install Win 7 x64 until I can upgrade the firmware in my new blank 160GB G2 for TRIM support. This really sucks since the build is complete and waiting for the OS install...

            • 3. Re: Safe to install TRIM firmware on a blank/new drive?
              kott

              @Zorlac: I was in your situation since the 29th when my Windows 7 arrived, yesterday my patience ran out and I installed it from scratch anyway. So far, so good. No S.M.A.R.T. errors so far either. Obviously not saying it's safe to install on a new drive, it's most likely a huge gamble. I am using an Asus P55 motherboard along with an i5 750 CPU. SSD disk connected to SATA 0. Flashed in Enhanced IDE, switched to AHCI before installing Windows 7 (Home Premium) 64-bit.

              • 4. Re: Safe to install TRIM firmware on a blank/new drive?
                Stiggy

                @kott & Zorlac: Somewhat simular situation here, PC is running Vista x64 (but the installation is corrupt because it was intstalled with faulty memory). Firmware upgrade went fine and drive is still okay, but I can't use the PC fully until a new install. I was waiting for Windows 7 to arrive and now have it for sometime, but didn't dare to do the install.

                 

                I do not want to wait much longer, so I am going to attempt to do the install anyway (that is, unless I hear something back from Intel, but I don't think so). I'll let you know how it went. Plan to switch to AHCI, perhaps do HDDerase and a format, so the drive should be similar to an untouched one.

                • 5. Re: Safe to install TRIM firmware on a blank/new drive?
                  Defender3

                  I did not update my X-25M before installing Win 7 x64.  I bought an X-25M 160Gb G2 (firmware version 02G9) to upgraded my Sony VAIO (shout out to Wiredzone.com where I got the drive a few weeks back for $461 versus the over $600 others were charging!) I received a free upgraded to Win7 from Sony.  I did not install the SSD until the upgrade arrived.  By then, there were plenty of reports of hosed drives with the firmware update and indications x64 was a common factor so I simply made an bootable DVD with the ISO image of the x64 files, swapped drives and did a clean install.  Went smooth as silk.  Given this is a new drive in a laptop that won't receive hard use, I can wait for Trim.

                  • 6. Re: Safe to install TRIM firmware on a blank/new drive?
                    mikellini

                    I just read that Intel is saying the problem doesn't have anything to do with the firmware, and it's actually caused by the updater tool (v1.3). So, just wait for the fix, you can't predict what will happen if you try and use the faulty updater.

                    • 7. Re: Safe to install TRIM firmware on a blank/new drive?
                      D99X

                      At this point, I'd personally wait for Intel to issue a new firmware / update tool to be safe.

                       

                      If you brick the drive from updating with what's out there now, you could be looking at weeks to get a replacement.

                       

                      On the other hand, if you can wait perhaps a few days, they'll hopefully have something new out there that's confirmed to work without issue.

                       

                      I'd take a few days and 90%+ odds of working okay over maybe a 50/50 chance I'll have to wait weeks.

                      • 8. Re: Safe to install TRIM firmware on a blank/new drive?
                        Stiggy

                        Okay, I did the upgrade to Windows 7 x64 bit. All is still fine. So it seems that this is a path that does not corrupt the drive:

                        - In Vista x64 with IDE mode, upgrade to 02HA bios

                        - Boot Vista, finds new drivers, reboot

                        - Reboot and turn drive into AHCI mode

                        - Boot from Windows 7 x64 installation disk

                        - Delete partition, recreate it, format it and install