Sunday, 29 July 2012

Updating firmware on OCZ Vertex 4 SSD

After several unsuccessfull attempts to update the firmware on my new SSD - OCZ Vertex 4 - I think I found a way that works.

My setup: Windows Server 2008 OS running on Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H mobo
SSD plugged in to spare SATA socket
It arrived with firmware 1.4
Downloaded OCZ Toolbox 3.02.14 from here:

  • Started the tool, it listed my ssd drive, clicked on it, it gave me it's details like model number,  firmware version, etc
  • Clicked "Tools" in the menu
  • Clicked "Update Firmware" button
  • Received a pop-up warning that it is a two step process, that it will require to shutdown and restart the PC
  • Clicked OK
  • It said "Downloading Everest firmware to the drive" then "Download Firmware Complete" then a pop-up "Firmware download successful, shutdown and restart computer to complete firmware update"
  • Restart (very important step, remember it!)
  • Start the toolbox again - and it still says version 1.4, no change here, nothing updated! ;(
Tried to reformat the drive, set it to be dynamic, set it to be basic, assign the drive letter, don't assign it - each try followed by the steps above. No luck.

It appears that "shutdown and restart" here means "shutdown, unplug, start again".

What worked: run the OCZ Toolbox, Shutdown, Unplug the power, Wait couple of minutes, Start the PC

Firmware was updated to I repeated the process then to upgrade to firmware 1.5.
For me, both updates (1.4 ->, -> 1.5) were non-destructive, it didn't remove files from the drive. However, beware, you better backup your drive first!

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