I'm following this thread, and I'm curious if I can boot my Macbook Pro from an externally connected USB CD Drive? using this upgrade SSD Firmware.
Can we create a bootable SD memory card and boot from that?
My 250Gig 840 Evo that I purchased in Dec 2013 has EXT0BB0Q firmware, so I don't know what the newer EXT0BB6Q does?
Thanks for any tips.
I updated the firmware on my 500GB 840 EVO yesterday using Magician Software in Windows 7 BootCamp and it worked perfectly.
I am using the SSD in a Delock 42490 Thunderbolt enclosure.
Before that I tried using the ISO from an external optical drive but it would hang at SCANNING every time.
Of course, I completely backed up all the data on the SSD before attempting any firmware flashing.
Sounds logical that Magician works under bootcamp. It is a native windows environment after all. The real challenge is for they that don't have a BC partition and that are not interested in creating one just to upgrading the firmware of their hard disks. It is really a pity that Samaung does not offer their Magician software to us osx users. It is a little like technological discrimination IMO. At least they provide a way to upgrade the firmware for Mac users.
Magician in BootCamp couldn't have been easier though. There should definitely be a Mac version of it as well. It took about 10 seconds to flash and then required a reboot. That's all there was to it.
And I bet you did not get the crazy "power cycle your drive" instructions you get when updating the drive using the provided ISO file from Samsung.
The scary part is when the program ask you to power cycle the drive. As this was an intern disk and I did not want to open the Mac I just continued without doing this. The verification failed, but after power cycling the hole machine and running the program again you can verify that the firmware was updated.
Thanks for the info in this post. Just updated the firmware on my 1TB Samsung 840 Evo in my 2013 iMac with the info provided here and that link about making a CDR. (I used my 2011 MBP with Superdrive to make the CDR).
When asked about power cycling, I selected "N" 3x in a row and it kept asking so I finally selected "Y" and then it said update failed and went to a blank cursor on the screen. I powered down the iMac and it booted up just fine.
You don't have to run the program again to verify the firmware was updated. You can do this on the Mac. Go to Utilities folder, open app "System Information" then click SATA in the left column, then highlight your Samsung drive and third line down you'll see the firmware revision (mine is showing EXT0BB6Q, prior to flash it said EXT0BB0Q).
My 2011 MBP 1TB EVO is showing EXT0AB0Q
I don't have any issues, that I know of, so would it be best to leave it as is, or is there something that I could gain from the firmware update?
Thanks.That's hard to say. It seems like you're running a very early firmware. If you're having no problems, I doubt it's essential for you to do the upgrade. On the other hand, upgrading may boost performance or even possibly, the life of the drive.
These are Samsung's notes for the latest firmware update (EXT0BB6Q)
- Support advanced data security features(TCG/Opal and IEEE 1667)
- Optimizing TurboWrite algorithm
Will Magician method work in VMware Fusion (windows 8)?