i.) Can't/don't do the firmware upgrade if the SSD run the OS. Make them a secondary drive...thus do the firmware upgrade before installing OS to these drives, using whatever you have before to get into Windows to run the program.
ii.) Can't/Don't do the firmware upgrade in running Intel RST 10 chipset drivers (which I am)...but I also have a Marvell PCI to IDE/SATA controller running my SATA optical drive as IDE. I am NOT going to roll back the driver either!
So, I tried to do this in my other/wifes computer, a HP PAvilion a6314f, with an Asus M2N68-LA mobo, using NVidia GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 chipset. The OCZ Toolbox application wouldn't detect the OCZ drives, which had 3 connected to it! 1-OCZ Agility 60GB running OS, and 2-OCZ Vertex 2 60GB which I'm trying to do the f/w upgrade. Drives were "formatted" in Windows, so Windows/Device Manage/Disk Manager would see them.
I contacted a OCZ Forum Support/OCZ Technology Group, and his last e-mail stated that the "NVidia chipset is blocking the toolbox. What driver...controllers in Device Manager?"
So, can I try this on the machine I intend to put them in (this one, see my signature), using the Marvell SATA controller port? I'll try, and let ya'll know.
Anyway, what a PITA:
- Can't upgrade in they are the OS drive, so what if already installed in a rig?
- Can't upgrade using Intel RST 10 drivers for the chipset.
- What about IDE vs. ACHI mode.
- I know you can't do the f/w upgrade if in a RAID array, which they will be.
Anyway, Intels f/w upgrade was much easier! The program is DOS based, and they provided the software to make a DOS bootable CD. Speaking of making a MS-DOS bootable CD, what another PITA! The programs I found online don't work! I had to tweak the h*ll out of them to get a viable boot CD.
Since I could do it on the rig that had the Nvidia chipset, I tried on my rig with the X58 chipset (ICH10R).
First I tried to do it hooking up the (2) SSD drives to the JMicron SATA port(s) on the motherboard. When I checked the BIOS, I discovered that it will only “recognize” one drive in Drive Xpert. Else, the drives have to be set to “Speed” or “Back Up” mode (e.g. RAID 0 or RAID 1) in the BIOS for these ports.
So I thought, okay, I’ll just do one drive at a time. WRONG! The OCZ Toolbox did see the drive, but the info was wrong (said firmware 955 instead of 1.28), and wouldn’t update the firmware (the button was grayed out). Aargh!
So being my last option, I had to plug the drives into 2 of the “normal” SATA ports (port 5&6, drives 4&5). Ran toolbox again, and, like the instructions warn, it didn’t “see” the drives. Aargh, Aargh!
Thus, I had to uninstall the Intel RST 10.1 program, thinking it would roll back the drivers to v9.6. I ran toolbox again, but still no drives. Aargh x3!
Finally, I ran the Intel RST 9.6 driver program which warned about installing older drivers than what was already running. I ran toolbox again, and TA-DA! It saw the drives, and had the option to upgrade the firmware.
I upgraded the firmware to 1.29, quick and flawlessly. Then I ran Secure Erase, which I had to delete the partition information and/or remove the allocation in Disk Management, and it cleaned the drives quickly and flawlessly, too.
It really didn’t bother me about the driver rollback. But I was trying to did the whole thing without cracking my case open, since I have a “hot-swap” rack where my other (2) SSD are mounted in, with front panel access. A 2.5” to 3.5” dual-drive mobile rack mounted in a 3.5” to 5.25” front panel bracket (like a floppy drive).
That being said and done, I already have Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed to the (2) SSD drives in RAID 0, and downloaded/installed all the Windows Updates. I even installed all my programs (Office 2007, Quicken, Norton Security Suite, Nero, etc.), just have to tweak them with my personal settings.
Now I can’t tell it these (2) OCZ Vertex 2 60GB drives in RAID 0 are that much faster then what they replaced; (2) Intel X25-V 40 GB drives in RAID 0; but I’ll run benchmarks later. Although the Windows boot screen with the floating bubbles seems to move and be gone quicker, to the log on screen.
I can only hope that the next firmware version let me update the drives in Windows as primary disks, in RAID, with the latest Intel RST drivers v10.1 or higher. Else, a MS-DOS based firmware upgrade like Intel has would be fantastic. HELLO, OCZ, ARE YOU LISTENING?