Updating a drive's firmware can have beneficial effects that may include decreased power consumption, increased performance or faster response times. Sometimes, firmware updates do not add anything new to the drive, but fix issues or errors that you may have experienced running the older firmware. It is highly suggested to check your drive's manufacturer website regularly to see if firmware updates are available and what they add to the drive.
My Windows 7 PC has a Crucial M4 SSD as its main drive right now. I bought the drive a while ago and while it worked fine so far, I decided to take a look if a firmware update is available. Now, the first thing you need to do is find out your drive's firmware so that you can compare it to the latest firmware offered by the manufacturer of the drive.
On Windows 7, you open the control panel via Start > Control Panel, select Hardware and Sound from the options, and there Devices and Printers. Locate the drive here and double-click on its icon. Switch to Hardware and click on the Properties button there. Switch to Details in the new device properties window and select Hardware IDs from the Property menu.
Now that you have the firmware of your drive, it is now 040H in my case but has been 009 before the update, you can visit the Crucial website to find out if there is an update available. Select the product category of your device, in my case it was Crucial m4 2.5 inch SSD and check the version listed on that page.
You have two options to proceed. Either download a Windows application that you can run right after you have unpacked it on your system, or a boot file instead which you need to boot your system from. I have selected the Windows option as it is more convenient. The following screen appears when you start the program.
You need to click on License and accept it before continue becomes clickable. The system will automatically reboot when you click on continue and the firmware updater will be loaded before the next Windows start.
There are a couple of things to consider:
The program ran the firmware update on its on without user interaction. It did not wipe the disk or modify data on the disk during the process, but you should verify that before you start the process to be on the safe side.
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