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Windows 7: Show Us Your Rig [4]

15 Jan 2013   #1051
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

I agree 100% about the marketplace Vendors. I rarely buy anything from them, at least nothing I'm not willing to lose.


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15 Jan 2013   #1052
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

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Good choices all around.

Did you check the firmware on the SSD?
Their Magician program will tell you the firmware you have now, the latest is DXM04B0Q.
Magician couldn't see the SSD when it was in a USB dock. It'll have to wait until I build the machine to check it.
I just got my Samsung 840Pro 128GB last month and it had DXM03B0Q firmware.
Update was easy and went smooth, when the SSD is installed just put the update on a USB memory stick and run Magician.
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15 Jan 2013   #1053
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Good choices all around.

Did you check the firmware on the SSD?
Their Magician program will tell you the firmware you have now, the latest is DXM04B0Q.
Magician couldn't see the SSD when it was in a USB dock. It'll have to wait until I build the machine to check it.
I just got my Samsung 840Pro 128GB last month and it had DXM03B0Q firmware.
Update was easy and went smooth, when the SSD is installed just put the update on a USB memory stick and run Magician.
Is that after installing the OS or before?
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15 Jan 2013   #1054
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Best to do it before installing the OS, as with most SSD manufacturer software it is suppose to be non-destructive so can be done with the OS installed, as you know, it's best to run a backup first.
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16 Jan 2013   #1055
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

As Ronald Reagan said, trust but verify.
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16 Jan 2013   #1056
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Best to do it before installing the OS, as with most SSD manufacturer software it is suppose to be non-destructive so can be done with the OS installed, as you know, it's best to run a backup first.
Ok, just to make sure I'm understanding this correctly...I can install Magician on the SSD (the only drive in the machine at the time) and run it before I install the OS?
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16 Jan 2013   #1057
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

No, Magician has to be installed to an OS.
In my case I plugged in the new SSD and updated the firmware before I removed the old one.
You can update the new SSD firmware on a different system or just do it after you install the OS on the new SSD, after backup of coarse.
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16 Jan 2013   #1058
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Then, in this case since I don't really have another system that I can install the SSD and Magician can't see a drive in a USB dock, I would install the SSD in the new machine, install Win 7, then install and run Magician to update the firmware? Since I wouldn't have anything other than the OS and Magician on the SSD, I wouldn't need a backup, correct?
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16 Jan 2013   #1059
GeneO

Windows 7 64 bit SP1. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Best to do it before installing the OS, as with most SSD manufacturer software it is suppose to be non-destructive so can be done with the OS installed, as you know, it's best to run a backup first.
I did it after I had installed the OS without a problem. Otherwise how would you update the firmware for new releases down the road?
You should always be sure you have a backup anyhow.

Lady - yes, since you have nothing that can't be replaced
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16 Jan 2013   #1060
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Then, in this case since I don't really have another system that I can install the SSD and Magician can't see a drive in a USB dock, I would install the SSD in the new machine, install Win 7, then install and run Magician to update the firmware? Since I wouldn't have anything other than the OS and Magician on the SSD, I wouldn't need a backup, correct?
Yes, nothing to loose except a little time

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Best to do it before installing the OS, as with most SSD manufacturer software it is suppose to be non-destructive so can be done with the OS installed, as you know, it's best to run a backup first.
I did it after I had installed the OS without a problem. Otherwise how would you update the firmware for new releases down the road?
You should always be sure you have a backup anyhow.

Lady - yes, since you have nothing that can't be replaced
Yes, it does work without loosing your current data. Just as a precaution I would do it before installing the OS, if possible, no problem updating the firmware after OS installation.
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