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Updating firmware on Agility 3

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February 1, 2012 7:00:05 AM

I went to the OCZ website and looked for firmware update but couldn't find any, but I'm kind of confused about the purpose. I heard they completely delete all data on the drive. Are firmware updates really necessary if I've never had a problem with my SSD? Would there be any performance gains? I really don't want to do a fresh Windows reinstall, but I will if necessary.

I have an agility 3 240gb drive on sata III port, and I have noticed a lil slow down since I bought it five months ago. I've never had a firmware update, and never had a problem with my drive (I've had plenty with my mobo though).
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February 1, 2012 12:38:00 PM

The latest firmware update for OCZ Octane drives will delete all data on the drive, but that is an exception.
99.9% of firmware updates do not delete the data on the drives.

Updating the firmware on your Agility 3 will not delete the data on your drive.

Most firmware updates are to fix reliability/compatibilty problems, not for performance gains.

If you are not having any problems with your drive then there's no need to update the firmware.

All SSDs slow down slightly once they are "settled in", it's normal.

FYI, here's the link to the firmware update page for your drive: http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/OCZ_Vertex_3,_Ve...
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February 1, 2012 8:17:44 PM

Dereck47 said:
The latest firmware update for OCZ Octane drives will delete all data on the drive, but that is an exception.
99.9% of firmware updates do not delete the data on the drives.

Updating the firmware on your Agility 3 will not delete the data on your drive.

Most firmware updates are to fix reliability/compatibilty problems, not for performance gains.

If you are not having any problems with your drive then there's no need to update the firmware.

All SSDs slow down slightly once they are "settled in", it's normal.

FYI, here's the link to the firmware update page for your drive: http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/OCZ_Vertex_3,_Ve...



Thanks for the response. That link was exactly the thang I was looking for.
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February 1, 2012 10:34:45 PM

What firmware is your drive using now?
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a b G Storage
February 1, 2012 11:00:46 PM


I suspect with the Agility 3 you should update your FW to gain performance to stated specs.

It sure helped me ...
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February 1, 2012 11:40:31 PM

Mousemonkey said:
What firmware is your drive using now?



I just used the toolbox and it says I have v 2.11
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February 1, 2012 11:43:02 PM

Wisecracker said:
I suspect with the Agility 3 you should update your FW to gain performance to stated specs.

It sure helped me ...



Not to doubt what Dereck47 said he obviously has more knowledge than I have, but the website mentioned may result in loss of data. Did this happen to you?
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February 1, 2012 11:48:27 PM

2.15 is the latest but unless you're your drive keeps dropping off the system there's no need to update.
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February 2, 2012 12:10:49 AM

Mousemonkey said:
2.15 is the latest but unless you're your drive keeps dropping off the system there's no need to update.



I thought that was my mobo's fault. I brought the drive over from a previous build and never had any problems. With my new mobo and cpu, guaranteed almost everyday the drive drops off. So the new firmware would fix that?
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February 2, 2012 12:32:46 AM

It says update is not supported for the primary drive. If I don't have a second drive with windows then that means I can't do an update? I read the PDF but saw no other option.
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February 2, 2012 12:37:37 AM

I'm trying the linux usb solution. I'll let you know how it goes.
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a c 539 G Storage
February 2, 2012 12:40:57 AM

pharoahhalfdead said:
It says update is not supported for the primary drive. If I don't have a second drive with windows then that means I can't do an update? I read the PDF but saw no other option.


Use the Linux bootable tool method. You download an .iso file from OCZ's website and burn it to a CD or USB thumb drive.
You boot into Linux with the CD that you burned and run the update process.

You don't have to know anything about Linux. When you are in the O/S all you have to do is double-click an icon on the desktop that says "Update Firmware".

Here's the link for instructions: http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?...

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February 2, 2012 4:34:00 AM

pharoahhalfdead said:
I'm trying the linux usb solution. I'll let you know how it goes.

Of course, if you have any issues related to the use of the liveusb or want the learn more about Linux, don't hesitate to stop by the Linux/BSD section of the forums.
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