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Vertex 3 firmware update before Windows 7??

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October 9, 2013 2:14:17 AM

I bought a new haswell build, with an ssd vertex 3. Nothing built/installed yet.

I read vertex 3 should have its firmware updated, so what I'm asking is:

Should I install windows 7 first with the maybe already updated firmware out of the box, or should I first use the bootable ocz method to update the firmware first?
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a b $ Windows 7
October 9, 2013 4:42:47 AM

Firmware updates you generally want to do before installing Windows, as some updates are volatile and will wipe the drive (which is why my Vertex 4 is still on revision 1.4).
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a b $ Windows 7
October 9, 2013 12:02:14 PM

manofchalk said:
Firmware updates you generally want to do before installing Windows, as some updates are volatile and will wipe the drive (which is why my Vertex 4 is still on revision 1.4).


The firmware upgrade is volatile on the Vertex 4 if you are on version 1.4RC.

If you are on version 1.4 then there will be no loss of data if you decide to update the firmware. http://ocz.com/consumer/download/firmware




October 9, 2013 12:28:39 PM

I read the firmware needs internet connection? so do I need install the LAN driver for my MB before? Remember its a completely new build.
a c 504 G Storage
a b $ Windows 7
October 9, 2013 12:57:18 PM

Yes, you need a internet connection. No, you don't need LAN drivers when using the bootable tools method to upgrade.
You burn the Linux .iso file to a CD or USB thumb drive, and then boot to the CD or thumb drive and it will automatically detect your internet connection.
October 9, 2013 5:36:55 PM

Thank you. So what order do you recommend for all the mb drivers, OS installation, firmware update, (something I may be missing) for a completely new build?

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October 9, 2013 6:19:17 PM
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1.) Install O/S with only your SSD & CD/DVD drive connected. The SSD should be connected to a native SATA 3 (6Gb/s) port in AHCI mode.
2.) Install your motherboard drivers and graphics card drivers.
3.) Connect any remaining drives.
4.) Run WEI (Windows Experience Index), which will automatically disable defrag on all SSDs it detects.
5.) Update your motherboard’s BIOS to its latest version (if it’s not there already).
6.) Install all of the Windows updates.
7.) Install Intel’s latest AHCI SATA drivers. https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?Dwnld...
8.) Update your SSD’s firmware to version 2.25 (if it’s not there already).
9.) Run 1 benchmark test using ATTO and 1 benchmark test using AS-SSD to see if drive is performing close to advertised speeds. http://ocz.com/consumer/download/product-briefs/ssd_ver...
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