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idata
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How to REALLY update Intel SSD firmware (02HD) from USB flash drive

As /message/71345# 71345 http://communities.intel.com/message/71345# 71345 didn't work I found a better way update to the new firmware from a USB-drive:

Before we start you'll have to Open "My Computer". Either from Start Menu or by hitting the Windows Button + E. Now in the new window, press ALT button. Select Tools, then Folder Options. Under View select "Show hidden files, folders, and drives". Also uncheck "Hide protected operating files". Select "Ok".

A) Download the latest firmware, as we speak it's 02HD. http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18363 http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18363

B) Now you need a program like PowerISO or UltraISO to extract the content from the ISO file to a temporary folder of your choice.

C) One of the extracted files is config.sys. Open the file with notepad and make sure to remove the two "A:\". The file should look like like this afterwards:

DEVICE=HIMEM.EXELASTDRIVE=ZBUFFERS=20 FILES=40DOS=HIGH,UMBDOSDATA=UMBSHELLHIGH=command.com /P

D) Now navigate to http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/191416-dos-usb-boot-drive.html http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/191416-dos-usb-boot-drive.html and download the two zip files, win98boot.zip and HPUSBformattool.zip.

E) Unzip the win98boot.zip to a temporary folder of your choice.

F) Insert you USB-drive.

G) Extract the HPUSBFW.EXE from the downloaded HPUSBformattool.zip, and run the program.

H) Make sure the tool has selected the correct device. Pick FAT32. Check quick format. Check create a DOS startup disk and browse to the folder with the unzipped win98boot.zip files. Click start, yes and ok. Close the tool.

I) Now navigate to the extracted ISO files (the files we extracted in 2.) and copy them all EXCEPT command.com and paste them to the drive you just prepared with the HP tool.

J) Restart and enter BIOS to select your USB-drive as your primary boot device. Save and exit.

K) Now it should boot from your USB-drive and auto start the update proces.

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idata
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HI, the problem is I do not see the config.sys only kernel.sys. I am using magicISO. Please help.

idata
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HI, the problem is I do not see the config.sys only kernel.sys. I am using magicISO. Please help.

Open "Computer" from Start Menu or by hitting the Windows Button + E.

Press ALT button. Select Tools, then Folder Options. Under View select "Show hidden files, folders, and drives". Also uncheck "Hide protected operating files".

Press ok.

idata
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The only file you REALLY need to add from the .ISO, after creating the bootable USB flash drive with the HP tool, is iSSDFUT.exe. Just run this from the command line after the USB drive boots to DOS.

WinRAR is also pretty good for grabbing this file from the .ISO.

idata
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Thanks for the guide niemion! it worked like a charm for me! i was having such a difficult time getting my ssd to update to the latest firmware

idata
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I would also like to use this update method. I prepared an USB stick for this. However, In BIOS, I have no idea what to choose as a boot device. I have USB FDD, USB HDD, USB ZIP. I have tried them all, but I don't see the computer booting from it.

Any ideas?How can I check if the the USB drive is bootable or not?

Update: During the boot sequence, I do see something like "USB Flash Drive" coming by, but that's it....no booting. I'm on Windows 7 (x86) by the way.

idata
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The easiset way to do this is to use Unetbootin http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ that can be used on both windows and Linux. Download and install Unetbootin for your windows/ linux computer. Download the Intel firmware ISO image form intel. Extract he file ISSDFUT.EXE from the iso image - this can be done with 7-7ip http://www.7-zip.org/. Start Unetbootin, Choose " Free DOS " from the distrubuitoins menu and follow the instructions to create your bootable USB stick. When this is finished, copy ISSDFUT.EXE to the root of your USB stick.

Once booted, hit enter and then select "Safe Mode". At the FreeDOS prompt (a:) go to the b: drive (i.e. type "b:", without quotes, and hit enter) and run the the ISSDFUT.EXE script (i.e. type " ISSDFUT.EXE ", without the quotes, and hit enter). this will start the flash process, Enjoy

idata
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This UNetbootin method above does not work folks. I tried it. The author also loses credibility when he instructs one to select B:\ as the root of the USB drive where iSSDFUT.exe should reside, when in fact it is rather C:\

idata
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How to run SATA Solid-State Drive Firmware Update Tool from USB drive / stick when you don't have a CD-ROM drive available and you're running Linux.

Using Ubuntu/ Debian Linux with GNOME desktop.

1. Format your USB drive with FAT filesystem using System -> Adminstration -> Disk Utility program

2. Whilst connect to the Internet, run UNetbootin program found in menu (once installed on your system) Applications -> System Tools -> UNetbootin

3. In the UNetbootin program, select the distribution to install on your USB drive "Free Dos". It will commence to download the image and install it to your usb.

4. Next download the Intel SATA Solid-State Drive Firmware Update Tool iso from Intel's website.

5. Once download, we need to mount the iso image to get the files off it... change to the directory where you downloaded the file. Then...

sudo mount -o loop intel_iso_image_file_name.iso /mnt

6. Now mounted, copy the all the files from the iso disk image to the root of the USB drive.

Umount your USB drive and we're done here. Now for the firmware update.

1. Boot your USB drive by hitting F12 on your keyboard whilst your computer is booting. Your computer BIOS will hence present you with a menu to select your USB drive to use as the boot drive.

2. UNetbootin will then present a blue screen with the word Default and a countdown from 10 seconds. Once the countdown reaches zero, you will then be presented with a black and white screen with a menu. VERY IMPORTANT. Select item 2 only - "FreeDOS Safe Mode (don't load any drivers)". Note, menu item 5, "FreeDOS Live CD only", will not work with intel ssd updater program.

3. You will then be presented with a A:\ prompt. Enter "C:" (without quotation marks, of course) to navigate to the root of your USB drive.

4. At the C:\ prompt, enter "command.com" (without quotation marks) and press your enter key. This will excute the command script.

5. Now at the C:\ prompt you can enter "issdfut.exe" and the update program will begin. Follow the prompts and the instructions and you'll be finished in a jiffy.

idata
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wow. this is amazing. will try this... soon. thanks.

idata
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Tried this, the update went really smooth, and took only a few minutes. thanks niemion!

idata
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Sadly it didnt work for me, i have no idea what the deal is. The firmware upgrade just does not detect my SSD although im able to access it. Im also unable to install windows 7 into it. Installation stays on 1% then after a few hours it tells me it was unable to install. I'm definitly in a bind here nothing is workig for me. I'm thinking once i upgrade the firmware it will allow me to install windows 7.

idata
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check your bios, if you see anything funny about the drive, it might be dead.

idata
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I finally got the firmware to detect the ssd by removing all other hard drives and putting the ssd on SATA 1. It told me the firmware was already upgraded. I was able to install vista 64 but not windows 7 64 for some reason. Maybe it has to do with the CD, although i've used it before and it worked fine. I'm goin to try putting windows 7 into a flash drive and see if that method will work.

idata
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I'm facing some problems. I downloaded the ISO file, and extracted with 7-Zip to get:

[BOOT] folder with Bootable_2.88M.img inside

iSSDFUT.exe

README.txt

Not seeing the config.sys, I installed PowerISO, extract the file using PowerISO, and ended up with only

iSSDFUT.exe

README.txt

I then went ahead and extracted the Bootable_2.88M.img that I got previously using 7-Zip, and got:

autoexec.bat

COMMAND.COM

fdconfig.sys

iSSDFUT.exe

KERNEL.SYS

more.exe

README.txt

Still no config.sys so I went ahead and open fdconfig.sys, only to find this line:

shell=command.com command.com /P

What am I doing wrong?

idata
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Whoops! Guess I didn't see that OP was referring to an older FW. My bad

idata
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Hey Jonathan, the reply by petter5 still works to me. Only one thing, in my case, "At the FreeDOS prompt (a:) go to the b: drive" should be go to the c: drive. I have updated from 2CV102HD to 2CV102M3 successfully. Hope this will help you too.

Again, appreciation to petter5. Thanks a lot.

idata
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i wondering if i can update with already installed os, or i must uodate with the blank ssd? now my system run normal.. but i like to update my current firmware, if update with already installed os, will it ruin my system?

RGiff
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YES I updated my firmware with OS on it no problems.

idata
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Wow guys... way to difficult

go here

http://goebelmeier.de/bootstick/ http://goebelmeier.de/bootstick/

follow the instructions ..

use 7zip to "Open" the intel iso.. copy across FW to the usb stick

Boot

Run

Done

All freeware ... works 100% ... now using it to RUN old DOS only games ... actually real cool... built a parallels "virtual image" so as to be able to run it also under osx

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