here is a screen shot when I tried to upgrade the bio's
This firmware update is only valid for OCZ Vertex 2, Vertex 2 Pro, Vertex 2 EX, Vertex LE, Agility 2 Solid State Drives.
Flashing your SSD should not result in data loss.
However, OCZ recommends that you back up your data as a precaution before proceeding
Inside the zip file, there will be a single EXE file, no installation necessary; the file can be unzipped to the desktop. If running Windows 7 or Vista, the program must be run as an Administrator. Unless UAC (User Account Control) is disabled in Windows 7/Vista, simply being logged in on an Administrative account is not enough. You MUST right click the file and click "Run as Administrator". Alternatively, you can right click and choose properties, then tell the program to always run as an Administrator under compatibility.
1st screenshot we see the Toolbox as it is initially opened:
2nd shot shows the information after a drive is selected:
Once a drive is selected, the Tools, Security, and Details buttons become available to choose.
This feature only works when the drive is connected as a spare (not running Windows/OS from the drive itself)
Updating your firmware with the Toolbox is not supported under Windows XP
To update your firmware you enter the tools menu:
Click on update firmware and the process begins automatically, there will not be any kind of dialog pop up. On Windows 7 and Vista, there will most likely be a warning about internet access (Toolbox is attempting to make an outside connection, etc) please allow this connection so the update process goes smoothly. In the lower left hand corner of the Toolbox window you should see the progress (xxx sectors downloaded) and then receive the FW download complete message:
try to connect ur drive in IDE compatible mode (through bios)
new firware is available. You can do it from the primary drive but it's still not recommended as it can result in odd issues on some systems. I do all my maintenance/configuration from another OS volume.
Guide Sandforce Firmware update 1.32 for OS/System drives
One link has the standalone updater and the other is the toolbox version. Also note the use of the "XP compatibility mode trick" in the top link as well. This even works to unlock frozen drives now for more flexible secure erase methods and eliminates the need to hotplug drives as a workaround.
PS. the new firmware is slightly faster too.
ok I decided to give it a try and it worked
just ran winsat disk
here are the new results
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Windows System Assessment Tool
> Running: Feature Enumeration ''
> Run Time 00:00:00.00
> Running: Storage Assessment '-seq -read -n 0'
> Run Time 00:00:04.85
> Running: Storage Assessment '-ran -read -n 0'
> Run Time 00:00:00.47
> Running: Storage Assessment '-scen 2009 -drive C:'
> Run Time 00:00:52.31
> Running: Storage Assessment '-seq -write -drive C:'
> Run Time 00:00:04.59
> Running: Storage Assessment '-flush -drive C: -seq'
> Run Time 00:00:01.22
> Running: Storage Assessment '-flush -drive C: -ran'
> Run Time 00:00:02.00
> Running: Storage Assessment '-hybrid -ran -read -n 0 -ransize 4096'
NV Cache not present.
> Run Time 00:00:00.02
> Running: Storage Assessment '-hybrid -ran -read -n 0 -ransize 16384'
NV Cache not present.
> Run Time 00:00:00.00
> Disk Sequential 64.0 Read 262.33 MB/s 7.5
> Disk Random 16.0 Read 210.22 MB/s 7.8
> Responsiveness: Average IO Rate 0.79 ms/IO 7.9
> Responsiveness: Grouped IOs 8.55 units 7.4
> Responsiveness: Long IOs 2.02 units 7.9
> Responsiveness: Overall 17.24 units 7.8
> Responsiveness: PenaltyFactor 0.0
> Disk Sequential 64.0 Write 239.54 MB/s 7.5
> Average Read Time with Sequential Writes 0.322 ms 7.9
> Latency: 95th Percentile 0.703 ms 7.9
> Latency: Maximum 862.081 ms 1.9
> Average Read Time with Random Writes 1.877 ms 6.9
> Total Run Time 00:01:06.35
wouldn't worry about winsats vaying like that. It's really susceptible to variations from any background activity. Benching it will just dirty the fresh nand and require more idling to get it put back into the reserve pool.
as many of the regulars always say.. "if you don't like the winsat score just keep running it till you get the numbers you like". Eventually it changes. lol
Was going to shoot you another link with all 3 flashing methods, but you got it sorted now. Good Luck with it and enjoy.