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Windows 7: ATTENTION Crucial M4 SSD owners

07 Jan 2012   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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It's starting to get harder and harder to suggest products without supplying a list of caveats these days
That is certainly true. All manufacturers seem to have their share of problems. With my Intels and OCZs I have been lucky up to now (the oldest being appr. 4 years old), but this M4 worries me - especially since I have not yet figured out how to set my Sata3 port to IDE (which is required for the firmware flashing). All I have is AHCI and Raid0.


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07 Jan 2012   #12
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
especially since I have not yet figured out how to set my Sata3 port to IDE (which is required for the firmware flashing). All I have is AHCI and Raid0.
Sounds like a Sata 3 controller chipset limitation perhaps.

If desktop, putting it on the sata II controller should be enough to trigger the IDE option. If it's one of the laptops, a quick transplant into a desktop may be required.

It looks gymnastics may be unavoidable...
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07 Jan 2012   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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It looks gymnastics may be unavoidable
I am afraid you are right. Britton was so kind to research the Sata setting options for my motherboard and it appears that there is no IDE option at all.

I already called Dell 4 times but was cut off every time. I think they know that they have no good answer. I will try their live chat and see whether that yields something.
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08 Jan 2012   #14
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:
It's starting to get harder and harder to suggest products without supplying a list of caveats these days
That is certainly true. All manufacturers seem to have their share of problems. With my Intels and OCZs I have been lucky up to now (the oldest being appr. 4 years old), but this M4 worries me - especially since I have not yet figured out how to set my Sata3 port to IDE (which is required for the firmware flashing). All I have is AHCI and Raid0.

Their firmware updater now works in AHCI mode. Their documentation on this has lagged behind. I upgraded t0 FW 009 in AHCI mode and they confirm that it is now supported.
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08 Jan 2012   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That is great news. Thank you for finding it. No more gymnastics in my future. My M4 is still on 002, so I have to upgrade one day.
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08 Jan 2012   #16
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Has anybody read which firmware is affected, 002 or 009?
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08 Jan 2012   #17
smarteyeball

 
 

All firmware apparently.

Most of the failing drives would have shipped with 001 though, however those that have updated in the interim and are still affected.
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08 Jan 2012   #18
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Yikes!
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12 Jan 2012   #19
Big Tom

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

jeez, theres always something
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12 Jan 2012   #20
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Big Tom View Post
jeez, theres always something
You are right there. I was about to buy one in the next couple of days!
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