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SSD - Firmware for the m4 SSD is being updated from version 000F

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  • Started 4 years ago by raphoenix
  • Latest reply from gedstar
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Firmware for the m4 SSD is being updated from version 000F
to 010G.
Firmware 010G is optional for anyone currently running 000F,
as it includes incremental improvements and refinements over
these versions, but recommended if the user is experiencing
issues with the current firmware.
Firmware version 010G includes improvements which are
specific for Windows 8 and new UltraBook systems, although
Windows 7 and other operating systems and computer
platforms may also see improvements. Any m4 firmware
version will function normally in Windows 8. However, the
following improvements were made to meet new certification
requirements for this operating system:
Improvements for Windows 8
• Improved Time-to-ready (“TTR”) after a clean power
cycle. TTR is now less than 850 milliseconds for all
capacity points. A “clean power cycle” is defined as
a power off and power on sequence which follows a
STANDBY IMMEDIATE command sent by the host and
acknowledged by the SSD. STANDBY IMMEDIATE is
typically sent during a normal operating system Shut
• This change also improves resume-from-sleep time to
meet new Windows 8 requirements.
• Trim response time is reduced from 50ms to 20ms
Power consumption improvements for some notebook
• HIPM (Host Initiated Power Management) is no longer
supported. In some notebook computers HIPM can
interfere with the SSD’s ability to get into and stay in
low power modes using DIPM (Device Initiated Power
Management). Using DIPM alone is the most efficient
method to conserve SSD power.
• SATA pin 11 (Device Activity Signal) is electrically isolated
from the host when the SSD is in low power modes.
This eliminates a potential leakage path which could
draw unnecessary power while the SSD is in sleep or
hibernate. This does not affect most computer systems.

Appears that some are having trouble with this update so Best Read, Understand and have a backup system just in case !!!!

As always I recommend doing this from a bootable USB Device with the SSDs in Bios IDE Mode.

If running SSDs in Raid 0 Arrays, mark the drives, cables, and ports so you can assemble back exactly the same configuration so as not to lose the arrays after updating.

Rick P.

Posted 4 years ago
Posts: 14920


After updating the SSD(s) Firmware and If the SSD(s) have been in long service, this might be a good time to image the drive / array, do a Factory Refresh with Secure Erase using Parted Magic before restoring back the original system configuration and re-imaging SSDs.

Parted Magic ISO (Used for Secure Erasing)

Bootable USBs (Used for Firmware Updating in Dos) (Used for making bootable ISOs)

WHS Macrium PE ISO (Used for Drive Imaging)
Thanks WHS !!!

SSD Tool - free space trimmer (Used for checking any drive Alignment)

Posted 4 years ago
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Posted 4 years ago
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I installed the update on 2 SSD's without any issue, installed with the windows updater on both. I always do a system image before updating the SSD

Posted 4 years ago
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Very Good gedstar.

Now I see why others may be having trouble with this update.

It must be started in Windows UI Mode because a License Agreement Must be Formally Accepted First. Then the program Reboots the system into DosPE Mode and accomplishes the search for Crucial SSDs and updates their firmware no matter if they are in raid arrays or not.

Appears Crucial has done some Good Programing with this SSD Update as one does not have to to understand the Bios settings for their machine now.

Even though Crucial M4 SSDs are not the fastest SSDs on the market, they are probably the most Stable SSDs having gone through (3) Firmware Updates now.

I strongly recommend Crucial M4 SSDs for those who want to upgrade their machines inexpensively with a Stable Good Performance M4 SSD.

Rick P.

Posted 4 years ago
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For those that would like to see the status and life expectancy of their SSD's here a free Utility


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