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

Apologies for slow replys - I've unsubscribed from email alerts, so only check back in occasionally.

  • RowanSA - you need Intel RST 9.6 (link I used below). I did the update from the VBM24 on the replacement disk DELL sent first, then restored my system, then ran the Intel installer. Needed a double reboot to fully install, aside from that  was very easy

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProdId=2101&DwnldID=18859&lang=eng

  • - screenshot says you are n VBM191DQ. From memory, the new VBM25 can be applied to update this version, I think it's only VBM151DQ that physically can't be updated. Just make sure you have 2 copies of a full disk backup before you start.

Oh - and just saw your later post:

I have a problem: I followed everything Rowan said with the bootable USB drive, etc. I successfully installed the new firmware. Now, however, after  it was installed, I turned off the computer, removed the USB stick, and went to reconfigure my BIOS (AHCI back to IRRT, Diskette at top of boot order, etc). I closed the BIOS configuration to start the computer, only to get "No boot sector on Internal HDD (IRRT)...No bootable devices"

Boy I hope you took those 2 backups!

That's exactly what should happen after the upgrade - your HDD has been wiped by the upgrade, so you now need to recover/restore your backup as appropriate to whatever tool you backed up with.  Once that is done, you should be whole again and reboot.

 


 

 

 

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

Is anyone else as appalled as I am about Dell's writeup on purely stylistic and grammatical grounds:

"This FW is for optimize (sic) SSD performance"


“DEVICE MUST BE PLUGGED IN AT ALL TIMES DURING THE FIRMWARE UPDATE PROCESS OR ELSE DEVICE MAY BE PERMANENTLY DAMAGED AND RENDERED INOPERABLE.? (sic)"

It is one thing to reproduce Samsung's writeup almost verbatim. Quite another to transcribe it into English not even as good as their's. This is not the way a world-class company is supposed to communicate to it's customers.

 

 

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

Hello everyone Smiley Happy

I have the Samsung SSD PM800 256GB installed on my computer. The firmware is VBM24D1Q.

Should I upgrade the firmware to the one listed on Dell's support site? Will there be any optimisation done on my SSD?

Another qn, should I decide to upgrade the firmware, how would I be able to restore my computer back to factory state? Currently the image is on my computer under Dell DataSafe Local Backup Basic Edition, if I proceed to upgrade the firmware, I would lose this image. How can I go about doing it?

Thanks!

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Staton6
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Re: SAMSUNG 256 gb SSD Firmware Update for Windows 7 TRIM?

God I'm terrible at this whole forum thing...

Anyway, I have this same SSD (taken out of a Dell) in my Lenovo Thinkpad W510 with firmware VBM19D1Q.  Does anybody know if this same process suggested by Rowan will work for me as well, or is it specifically for Dells?

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

90% sure it will since it's the drive firmware that matters most - the only issue might be whether the Lenovo can put the drive into the right SATA/AHCI mode but I'd imagine it would.

You need to take full backups as part of the process anyhow, since your drive will be wiped as part of the upgrade. For the most part, if the upgrade can't be done it fails at the start anyway and leaves yoru drive alone. If by some chance it failed during running you could end up with a bricked drive. I reckon that chance is fairly slim though.

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

i have the 'bad drive,'  the VBM15D1Q.  if anyone has any suggestions, or details of what i should do, please friend me so that we may discuss further.

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

I just found this firmware, for the PM800 maybe it works?

 

http://support.euro.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=at&l=de&s=gen&releaseid=R276513&SystemID=LAT_E4310&servicetag=&os=W732&osl=ge&deviceid=19932&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=1&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=0&libid=41&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&source=-1&fileid=407959

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

90% sure it will since it's the drive firmware that matters most - the only issue might be whether the Lenovo can put the drive into the right SATA/AHCI mode but I'd imagine it would.

You need to take full backups as part of the process anyhow, since your drive will be wiped as part of the upgrade. For the most part, if the upgrade can't be done it fails at the start anyway and leaves yoru drive alone. If by some chance it failed during running you could end up with a bricked drive. I reckon that chance is fairly slim though.


Many thanks to your description! It's comprehensive.
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zak nanny
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Re: SAMSUNG 256 gb SSD Firmware Update for Windows 7 TRIM?

 

thanks, but no go...  i downloaded it, and it only supports these firmware versions.

VBM18D1Q

VBM19D1Q

VBM94D1Q

VBM23D1Q

VBM24D1Q

VBM9KD1Q

VBM9LD1Q

VBM72D1Q

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Rufus.Bailey
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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.


It's very valuable, Thanks for your analysis! This is what I'm looking for.
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