so a couple of minutes ago intel released the new firmware. we could collect our experiences right here.
who did already perform the upgrade? who wants to be the first? XD
just look in the announcement section on top of the ssd forum:
Intel has released a new firmware (02HD) and firmware update tool (version 1.5) to fix the issue with the firmware update process on 34nm (G2) Intel® X25-M SSDs (80GB and 160GB).
Intel recommends that end users http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18363 Download this firmware update tool and upgrade your SSD
• This new firmware provides Trim support (on 80GB and 160GB) and better sequential write performance (on 160GB)
• If you experience any issues during the upgrade process contact http://www.intel.com/go/ssdsupport Intel Customer Support
ok, seems like everything is going straight forward.
i've got several questions, too. my first g2 was completely screwed up, so i rma'd it a couple of weeks ago. since then i did not use my new drive. i was waiting to get the new firmware.
1. is it necessary to leave 20% unpartitioned even when trim support is enabled?
2. wiper.sh would do the trim job under linux?
3. could anybody recommend a good information ressource on how to align a ssd in linux and "linux & ssds" in general? my research wasn't really successful.
4. if trim is enabled, nevertheless would you use an additional magnetic drive in case you would have some REALLY write intensive directories? i'm using gentoo linux...
Dverez - it's definitely there.......I've just downloaded it all. Just have to pluck up the courage to go for it on Win 7 x64.......
I'll be reading the instructions and so on very carefully first!
I have just flashed the new firmware onto my 2 160 GB Postville SSD's running as RAID0 array without any problem.
This is how I did it:
1. burn the ISO file with the firmware as bootable Image
2. enter BIOS and change the SATA Controllers from RAID to IDE Mode
3. boot off the CD with the firmware image
4. flashed both SSD's > getting the indformation, that both was successful
5. shut down the pc for 10 seconds
6. restart the pc, enter BIOS and change the SATA Controllers from IDE to RAID Mode again
7. restarted and everything was fine.
Good luck for you too!
Just updating my clone and will give the firmware update a go. I have had no problems with the 02HA and my MacBook Pro (on a 160GB G2 drive) though.
I have had no problems so far, even flashed in AHCI mode. My bootup after the flash was even faster than before the flash. Everything is smooth as silk.
edit Win 7 Pro x64, with 80 gb G2 as system drive.
What's the SSD toolbox for, anyway? The description never made much sense to me. I certainly don't get why people are clammoring for it...
Intel Postville SSD owners, who are running Windows 7 with the generic MS IDE or AHCI drivers, will not really need the SSD Toolbox, but all the others do (unless the SSD is set into a RAID array). The problem is, that none of the pre-Win7 Operating Systems and none of the third party AHCI drivers do support the Trim command. If the users want to prevent the decrease of the SSD performance, they have to run the Optimizer, which is part of the SSD Toolbox.
I have my SATA set to RAID mode in BIOS. My SSD is not running in a RAID array but I do have 2 other HDDs running as a RAID0 array. Will changing the bios setting for the SATA to non RAID (so that I can flash the SSD firmware) blow up my HDD array or will the HDD array just work again afterI go back in to the BIOS after flashing the SSD and reset it to RAID again?
I just updated my Win 7 x64 with 02HD. No problems so far. How do I know if TRIM is working with my Win 7? Also, we are still waiting got the new SSD toolbox version correct?