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Default Force Series 3 and Force GT Firmware Update Ver 1.3

Here is the Force Series 3 and Force GT 1.3 firmware update. You can find the guide and firmware files linked below.


Please read the following before you attempt to update your firmware. Also, completely read and understand the attached .PDF file very carefully and pay attention to the pictures. They are important. We are seeing constant forum posts that indicate that users are not thorougly reading and understanding the directions in the .PDF document. It is ESSENTIAL that you read the .PDF and pay attention to the details. If you do not pay attention to the details, you may render your SSD unusable!





IMPORTANT NOTES BEFORE BEGINNING YOUR UPDATE


If you are stable with the current 1.2 firmware and do not have issues, we suggest that you do not flash your firmware. Also, it is not possible to flash back to a previous firmware version.

This update is intended to not be destructive to your data. However, we strongly urge that you back up any important data before beginning this procedure.

This update has been validated for use with Windows 7. It has not been validated with Windows Vista and Windows XP however it may work with these OS's. Users are encouraged to update the drives with Windows 7 when possible.

This update tool is intended to be run with the drive controller in AHCI mode. If your drive controller is not AHCI enabled and your update fails, you will need to change it to AHCI mode and also enable AHCI in your OS registry. Here is a guide for ENABLING AHCI.

This update will not work with a controller in RAID mode.

If you have issues updating using the Microsoft AHCI driver, you may need to update using the latest driver from your drive controller manufacturer.

Our latest testing shows that this update will not work using a Marvell controller. If your update fails using the Marvell controller, you will need to update using the chipset based drive controller on your motherboard. This applies to SATA2 and SATA3 controllers.

DO NOT at any time power off your system during this procedure. This may “brick” your drive.

After your update, you need to perform a complete clearing of the BIOS.

If after the update and BIOS clear, if you still have issues, we strongly recommend the following steps:

1. Secure erase the SSD
2. A clean installation of the OS


UPDATE YOUR BIOS. As always for users with issues, we recommend that you update your motherboard/notebook to the most recent BIOS before attempting to flash your firmware. This may or may not resolve your issue but it is an excellent first step. Quite a few boards/notebooks have been given SSD specific updates over the past few months.


Some systems are not capable of this update. Users that are unable to update on their machine are encouraged to find an alternative system for updating the drive. Users that cannot manually update, or those users that have issues after the flash and after following ALL of the instructions listed here, are encouraged to file an RMA. Note that an RMA for update to firmware will result in complete erasure of the drive. RMA LINK.

Be sure to download the correct version for your drive.


Force Series 3 60GB

Force Series 3 120GB

Force Series 3 240GB

Force GT 60GB

Force GT 120GB

Force GT 240GB

The change log is posted below.
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Default Installation Instruction PDF

Here's the PDF. Please read it CAREFULLY and pay close attention to the pictures. There is information there that you will need to be aware of.

After your update, you need to perform a complete clearing of the BIOS.


FIRMWARE UPDATE INSTRUCTIONS

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Change Log:

Resolved Issues:
• Improved drive recovery after an unsafe power cycle.
• Resolved some sources of Sleep/Hibernate wake up failures.
• Improved compatibility with some Areca and Adaptec RAID cards.
• Improved PHY power management in DIPM Slumber. This provides an additional ~100mW savings.

Known Open Issues:
• Formatting a RAID-1 Volume takes longer than expected with PMC Sierra BR-8 HBA
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