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SAMSUNG 256 gb SSD Firmware Update for Windows 7 TRIM?

Does anyone have an idea how to get the updated Firmware for the Samsung 256gb SSD?  My current firmware is VMB19D1Q - which does not support TRIM.  I have reached out to Samsung who sends me back to Dell and Dell seems not to know when Samsung is releasing the firmware.  I have a copy of an email where a Samsung person says the firmware for this drive has been released to Dell.  Any assistance - please ?  When paying this much money for these drives - I did not expect them to have flaws before I purcahsed.

 

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ekovalsky
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Re: SAMSUNG 256 gb SSD Firmware Update for Windows 7 TRIM?

Same question here.  My current firmware is a really old version VBM15D1Q although the drive was only purchased a couple months ago, guess I received old stock.  I'm using the drive in a XPS Studio 16 and need a flash utility that will recognize and update the drive installed in the laptop, and firmware that supports TRIM or at least some form of garbage collection. 

HDDErase won't work on the Dell laptop, so no way to restore performance that way.

Corsair has already released a beta version for the P256 but it will not recognize the Dell drive even though they are both identical Samsung PM800 units.  I suspect their updater looks for a specific Corsair hardware ID.  OCZ has a version also but they will only update if you ship the drive to them.  C'mon Dell...!

 

 

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andy318
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Re: SAMSUNG 256 gb SSD Firmware Update for Windows 7 TRIM?

Corsair got it for the P256 (same Samsung SSD). It is VBM19C1Q (http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=83708)

Dell should release the same FW for their OEM drives

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ekovalsky
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Re: SAMSUNG 256 gb SSD Firmware Update for Windows 7 TRIM?

An update:

Corsair, OCZ, Lenovo, and Mushkin.de have release firmware updates for the Samsung 256GB SSD.  None of the update utilities will recognize the Dell drive, at least the one I have with VBM15D1Q firmware.  Dell and/or Samsung need to release an appropriate DOS-level utility to perform the flash.  The VBM19C1Q firmware in these releases does support TRIM, but there is no way as of now to update the drive with it.

 

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CJ21
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Re: SAMSUNG 256 gb SSD Firmware Update for Windows 7 TRIM?

Here is somewhat of an update from Samsung.  I contacted them directly after all of the Dell representives said they did not know about a Samsung FW update for this drive.  Note that the only way for the drive to be updated is by sending back to the manufacturer.  This is something that I believe Dell should address directly.  As of now, every tech I speak with does not know about the drive or Firmware.  I was hoping this would be a good forum to get in touch with Dell with an accurate response.

 

Thank you for your inquiry to Samsung Semiconductor.

Again, we did not sell that type of drive to general customer on the market as explained earlier. Please send us your proof of invoice as you commented. We´ll review your source of purchase and provide the service accordingly.

As explained, VBM19D1Q FW drive can not be updated to Trim FW because it configured as DELL specific design. The only way to update the FW is we have to reset the drive in the factory.

And I´m supervising all of SSD technical support in Samsung US and please contact in here if you have any further question.

If you have any further questions, please send us more question again or visit our Homepage(http://www.samsungsemi.com).

Sincerely,
Semiconductor Business
Samsung Electronics Co,.Ltd.

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dpyefinch
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Re: SAMSUNG 256 gb SSD Firmware Update for Windows 7 TRIM?

I also have the VBM19D1Q Firmware and would like to know when Dell is going to release an update for both my SSD drives.

I hope the note from Samsung stating the drive would have to be factory reset is not true, unless Dell plan to exchange drives

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RobWa
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Re: SAMSUNG 256 gb SSD Firmware Update for Windows 7 TRIM?

Yep - ditto the other requests here.

I'm also a Samsung SSD PM800 owner on Windows 7 and really want to see TRIM.

I suspect DELL have sold many machines with these drives, and the only reason they're not being barraged by requests is that most users aren't aware of how much they want/need TRIM.

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smiles11uk
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I got my XP16 in October with a PM800 and with firmware VMB19D1Q. Having just upgraded to Windows 7 I'd also like to lobby DELL for a firmware upgrade.

 

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andy318
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Re: SAMSUNG 256 gb SSD Firmware Update for Windows 7 TRIM?

I was able to upgrade my Dell OEM SSD to VBM19C1Q which supports TRIM by downloading fimrware and update tool from here - http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=444979&page=1

The update tool did not recognize the SSD drive on my XPS 13 or M1330 or Latitude D630 but worked on a Latitude D620. It sucks that the tool is so finicky. Hopefully you guys can find a machine that works with the tool and update your firmware too.

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Undying
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Re: SAMSUNG 256 gb SSD Firmware Update for Windows 7 TRIM?

Samsung have a firmwareupdate on the page:
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/products/flash/ssd/2008/business/business.html

But I have troubles on me E6400 to update the firmware. :-(
The tool dosen't find the ssd.

Undying

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