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Intel SSD 910 400 GB firmware versioning and update

Hi, I was looking for a firmware upgrade of my Intel SSD 910 400 GB. In fact we received a message from intel telling us to update this firmware... So we tried... Oh boy... what a weird day as of now...

First off, here's the first question. Can I update the SSD firmware while the disk is used ? Or I should shut off the database that writes on this disk before I do the firmware update?

Then, before I started the update, I've decided to check the firmware version I had...

So I ran "isdct -list" and found that the firmware version was 1200C008A411 .

So I checked the appropriate documentation... Here's the first problem... The French documentation and the english documentation doesn't tell the same thing...

French:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?lang=fra&changeLang=true&DwnldId=21099 Centre de téléchargement

Lecteur SSD Intel® série 910 400 Go 1200C008A40D

English:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?lang=eng&changeLang=true&DwnldId=21099 http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?lang=eng&changeLang=true&DwnldId=21099

Intel® Solid-State Drive 910 Series 400 GB 1200C008A424

Look at that... A40D(french) vs A424(english)... hmmmmmmm... shouldn't that be the same??

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We had another server with another Intel SSD 910 400 Gb, version A411, so we tried the firmware update....SUCCESS!!! But guess what? We did it, and it still displays A411...

Hmmmmmmm... any comments?

Have a nice day!

Mr. Lan

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Sorry, this not answers your question.

We bought this SSD and it appears as two separate disks (186GB each) in BIOS and OS. How about your?

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Did you reboot the system the updated 910 is on? Not something you normally do to servers all the time of course. You wouldn't think that ISDCT would need the system rebooted to get the correct FW, and I'm not saying I know that is the case, but I've seen other programs and drives not reporting the correct FW until after a reboot.

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YKLA, That is normal for the 400GB 910, it is essentially two SSDs or partitions in one package.

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So I should setup a stripe over two disks as a single volume? Or span? Either way it gives me only 500MB/s approximately when reading file.

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It depends on what you want to use it for. It also depends on what type of system you are using it in.

This review of the 910 may give you a better idea how to use it:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6124/the-intel-ssd-910-review http://www.anandtech.com/show/6124/the-intel-ssd-910-review

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