I just picked up a brand new Postville drive today. The pack date on the intel box says Sept 30 2009. Is it ok to use this drive right out of the box with Windows7 64 bit ?? I'm aware of the current firmware problems, but was just curious if I could start using it as is (with whatever firmware is on it) until the latest firmware is fixed/released.
I just installed Win7 x64 on an X-25M G2 160GB drive made in Sep 2009 with a FW code of 02G9. The drive was a replacement for one in my laptop and I performed a clean install onto the X-25M. I've been using it for two days no with no issues.
It's on the label on the drive, probably top right corner. It will simply state: "FW:XXXX" Be careful handling the drive, you don't want any static discharge by handling. You should be able to look through the anti-static bag to see the FW revision.
Well, all things being equal, I would say so since the issues were only after people upgraded to the new firmware. I did a clean Win7 install on my VAIO laptop and it took all of 15 minutes to get Win7 up and running. It took over 30 minutes to reload the Sony Drivers.