Yellowbeard Posted January 24, 2010 Share Posted January 24, 2010 We are making a firmware update available on this forum for owners of Corsair X-Series SSDs. This update will enable the TRIM command within Windows 7 for drives with early firmware versions that do not currently support it. Before proceeding with this update, there are some EXTREMELY IMPORTANT items you need to be aware of. Please read the following CAREFULLY: 1. THIS UPDATE TOOL IS PRELIMINARY. It is unable to pass our standard acceptance testing for customer use. It is being released due to strong customer demand ONLY. Use of this tool is supported by Corsair, but is NOT RECOMMENDED. 2. THIS UPDATE TOOL WILL NOT WORK WITH ALL SYSTEMS. Failures have been experienced during testing on various systems. If your system is unable to update the firmware on the drive, you can send the drive to Corsair to have it updated, as described below. 3. RUNNING THIS UPDATE MAY CAUSE PROBLEMS WITH YOUR DRIVE. We have observed instances on other vendors’ sites where firmware update has caused the drive to no longer be recognized by the system. In such cases, Corsair will update the drive, as described below. 4. CORSAIR WILL REPAIR OR REPLACE ANY DRIVES WHICH ARE NOT UPDATED SUCCESSFULLY. Any drives which are not updated successfully can be sent to Corsair for update. Note that in all circumstances this will result in COMPLETE ERASURE of the drive and a turnaround time of two to four weeks, including shipping. Details can be found here. 5. X-256 Owners: Firmware 1.1 ON X-256 DRIVES SUPPORTS TRIM AND DOES NOT NEED TO BE UPDATED TO HAVE TRIM SUPPORT! X-256 firmware 1.1 is the same as the 2.0 firmware on X128, X64, and X32. The 2.0 update adds no additional functionality or performance to the X-256 and therefore the drive should NOT be updated using this update. The update files for the X-256 have been removed. Please continue reading below for information on determining if the firmware currently on your drive already supports TRIM, and instructions on how to update your drive should you choose to do so. BACK UP YOUR DATA BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO UPDATE YOUR FIRMWARE Steps to update your X-Series Firmware 1. Run CrystalDiskInfo, available HERE. NOTE: If you see "2.0" as the current firmware, YOU DO NOT NEED TO RUN THIS FIRMWARE UPDATE AND ALREADY HAVE THE MOST RECENT FIRMWARE. 2. Determine if your drive has an upper case or lower case part number, as shown in this image. http://www2.corsair.com/appslab/xseries/lowerupper.png 3. Download the appropriate firmware for your drive below. UPPER CASE 256GB UPPER CASE 128GB UPPER CASE 64GB UPPER CASE 32GB lower case 256GB lower case 128GB lower case 64GB lower case 32GB 4. Extract the .EXE file and copy it onto a bootable USB drive. 5. Reboot your computer and boot to the USB drive. a. Some motherboards have boot selection screens you can access by hitting a key on boot, check your motherboard manual to see if your board can do this. b. Otherwise, changing the boot order in the BIOS temporarily might be required. 6. The system should boot to a command prompt, like below: http://www2.corsair.com/appslab/xseries/image01.jpg 7. Run the appropriate .EXE file by typing its name and hitting enter, ex: C:\>upper64.exe 8. The system will ask you to search for the drive. Hit the Y key for yes. http://www2.corsair.com/appslab/xseries/image02.jpg 9. Once the system finds the drive, you’ll see a screen like this: http://www2.corsair.com/appslab/xseries/image03.jpg 10. Hit the appropriate number of the drive you wish to update, then hit enter. The drive should be flashed at this point. http://www2.corsair.com/appslab/xseries/image04.jpg 11. At this point, your drive should be flashed after a reboot. ADDITIONAL TIPS POSTED BY RAM GUY Reading through the posts and from my own experience these seem to be the keys to success. But no guarantee OK just what I noticed and some other observations and what I used in the lab that worked. 1. If you have them in a RAID you should to break the RAID and I would suggest using Parted Magic or G-Parted to secure erase the drives. 2. Make sure no TSR's are loaded when you boot to the USB Drive IE memory managers like himem.sys or EMM386.exe. And that you are using Windows 98 Second Edition to make the boot drive you can get these files from http://www.bootdisk.com. 3. If the drive is not detected try hot plugging the drive and another USB Port. This was what worked for me and many others who had successs. This is also mentioned when running the Secure erase software as the MB BIOS will sometimes lock the drive and hot plugging or moving to another port will unlock the MB BIOS. 4. If it fails on the MB or system you have it on try another system even if its an older system that only supports S-ATA1 it may work. 5. MB BIOS's are all different and some MB makers have better written BIOS than others and that can effect the outcome of this utility. Now please dont miss-understand I am not suggesting that one MB maker is better than another but I have seen MB's with different model numbers even from the same MB maker have better written BIOS than another model. A good clue to well written BIOS from a MB maker is not many BIOS updates and not many complaints about BIOS related issues, this requires some research on the MB or MB's in question. FYI! And in all fairness this utility is not what we would 100% stable as mentioned previously. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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