Thursday, April 12th 2012

Crucial Releases "000F" Firmware Update for M4 SSD, Enhances Power-Loss Protection

Crucial is known for issuing firmware updates for its M4 series SSDs that bring significant improvements, be it the 0009 update that introduced performance improvements by as much as 20%, or the 0309 update that fixed a lot of BSOD instability issues. Introduced on Wednesday, the newest firmware update, "000F", introduces the following changes:
  • Improved compatibility with certain SAS expanders and peripheral RAID cards.
  • Improved throughput stability under extremely heavy workloads.
  • Improved data protection in the event of unexpected, asynchronous power loss.
With higher performance, improved OS-level stability, and now with higher throughput stability and improved data protection in the event of power loss, Crucial M4 is closer to being the perfect consumer SSD.

DOWNLOAD: Crucial M4 000F Firmware Update Windows 7 Updater Utility, Manual Boot File, Instructions
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20 Comments on Crucial Releases "000F" Firmware Update for M4 SSD, Enhances Power-Loss Protection

#1
Rowsol
Crucial is awesome.
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#2
rampage
i will be looking at this when i get home from work on my M4 128

+1 for Crucial being awesome.
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#3
RejZoR
Installed it yesterday already. Works ok so far. Only thing that i hate is that their Windows app was constantly saying that no SSD was eligible for upgrade. Then i burned the update boot image on DVD and booted and it updated no problem. I think i'll stick with boot image updating proceedure. It's just much more reliable without wonky OS possibly interfering...
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#4
1c3d0g
Love the new automagic Windows updater. No more burning useless CD's after firmware upgrades for me!
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#5
Sp33d Junki3
Crucial knows SSD very well.
Love my 256GB M4.
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#6
RejZoR
by: 1c3d0g
Love the new automagic Windows updater. No more burning useless CD's after firmware upgrades for me!
You never heard of CD-RW or DVD-RW technology? I use them all the time since the day they were introduced tot he market. Besides, like i said, boot CD method is far more reliable since it boots its tiny OS and fires up firmware updater. No other stuff is running, no possible conflicts or interferences. It might take slightly longer but is just infinitely more reliable. Isn't that the reason you use Crucial M4 in the first place? Reliability?
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#7
1c3d0g
Didn't have a problem updating the SSD with the automagic updater. Besides, I don't like wasting time burning CD's/DVD's. Now I just download, double-click and I get a shiny new firmware. Easy. :)
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#8
Jurassic1024
Stable and reliable yet it had how many problems and firmwares to get there?

*pets his old but very reliable C300 and i only had to update once (007) to get 6gbps setting to stick after a reboot
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#9
Jurassic1024
by: RejZoR
You never heard of CD-RW or DVD-RW technology?
You mean flash drives right? No one should still be using CD and DVD's except for installing software and burning movies.
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#10
ice_v
sooo...if I have the 0009, can i skip the 0309 and just slap this one on?
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#11
rampage
i must be retarded i can not get this to work,

windows up date did not work, and boot come up with "error" and did not update (i am in IDE mode)

even following the process in help guide i can not even check my the version of the firmware i am on, all i have listed is "M4-CT128M4ssd2" and nothing shows in the details for a firmware version

bugger it i give up for tonight
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#12
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: rampage
i must be retarded i can not get this to work,

windows up date did not work, and boot come up with "error" and did not update (i am in IDE mode)

even following the process in help guide i can not even check my the version of the firmware i am on, all i have listed is "M4-CT128M4ssd2" and nothing shows in the details for a firmware version

bugger it i give up for tonight
Why arent you running in AHCI mode???

Anyway....the update takes ages if you have other hard drives connected as it searches for the SSD. Quickest thing to do is disconnected all hard drives and leave the SSD plugged in then try the update again.

Unless youre not using it as an OS then things might get a little complicated.

Also as others stated, If the windows updater doesnt work - try the ISO version


:EDIT:

the windows updater worked fine for me. firmwares been updated!!
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#13
rampage
after digging a bit deeper it did previously flash to 000F it just spat an error but worked anyway.

as for why im in IDE mode, i dont have a clue ..lol there must have been a reason when i set up the rig
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#14
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
I dont think its too late to change it to AHCI - your system might BSOD on boot, If that happends then follow these instructions to enable AHCI in windows registry, reboot and enable AHCI in bios again and you should be gold.

enabling AHCI should also increase the speed of your SSD a little since TRIM is now enabled
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#15
Completely Bonkers
Does the "windows 7" updater work on XP/2K3? Anyone tried? (I don't use optical... ) Would be nice if Crucial had a USB boot utility.
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#16
RejZoR
I haven't tried using UNETBOOTIN tool. But i think it should work just fine. Stick in USB drive, use UNETBOOTIN to integrate ISO image on the USB flash drive and boot with it.
Not sure why i haven't tried that despite the fact i use it for nearly everything.
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#17
ice_v
by: ice_v
sooo...if I have the 0009, can i skip the 0309 and just slap this one on?
up
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#19
Evolved
I never updated to 0009 or 0309.

Does this newest update include EVERYTHING up until now?
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#20
RejZoR
Yes it does. Besides, it's recommended to upgrade to at least 0309 because of the 5000 hour bug in 0009 firmware. It's no biggie, but the system will BSOD in after you exceed the number of 5000 (or so) operational hours.
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