Updating the Firmware of a Solid State Drive or Hard Drive


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Check Drives Firmware in the Device Manager

Press [Windows] and [e] together to open Windows Explorer.

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In Windows 7 select system properties at the top and in Windows 8.0/8.1 select computer at the top left to open the menu, then select system properties.

On this screen you will be told whether you are running a 32 Bit or 64 bit version of Windows. Note also if the processor is Intel or AMD which will correspond to the mainboard.

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Select Device Manager to the top left and expand Disk Drives.

seagateExpand your drive and right click it and select properties.

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Select details and select Hardware IDs under properties.

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M4-CT128M4SSD2 is the name of the solid state drive and 040H is the firmware revision of the drive.

Crucial – Checking for a Firmware Update and Updating the Firmware

The firmware updates are available here:

Run the installer.

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Check the firmware version it should match the device manager.
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Read and accept the license.
Crucial Firmware 3 Select update the drive if an updates available. Crucial Firmware 4 Select yes

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Select ok
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The new firmware revision will now be displayed.

Crucial Firmweare7 Restart the computer and then verify the changes in the device manager (changes may not show until the computer is reset).

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Samsung – Checking for a Firmware Update and Updating the Firmware

The latest Firmware updates for a Samsung should be listed on the Samsung downloads page.

Samsung Select your Solid State Drive and then model

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Select firmware and download it alongside the instructions:

samsungfirmwareRestart the computer and then verify the changes in the device manager (changes may not show until the computer is reset).

SeaGate – Checking for a Firmware Update and Updating the Firmware

The SeaGate detect will list the name of the drive and its firmware revision. If the drive is SeaGate you can select it and select check for downloads.

Select any SeaGate drives and then check for downloads

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SeaGate Detect 3 Check the license agreement and then select submit query, if a firmware update is available you will be provided a download link and installation instructions:

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Restart the computer and then verify the changes in the device manager (changes may not show until the computer is reset)

WD – Checking for a Firmware Update and Updating the Firmware

WD has a universal firmware updater here:

1 2 3 4 5Restart the computer and verify the changes in the device manager:

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Restart the computer and then verify the changes in the device manager (changes may not show until the computer is reset)

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