Updating Samsung 840 EVO firmware on Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by camner, May 11, 2015.

  1. camner macrumors regular

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    I have been unsuccessful in updating my 256GB Samsung 840 EVO to the new (April, 2015) firmware.

    I downloaded the firmware patch from Samsung, successfully burned the .iso to a CD, booted successfully from the CD, but the Firmware Update Utility hangs on "Scanning --> --> -->..." I've let it sit there for about 30 minutes without having the updater continue. I've seen folks on this board say the whole thing should take only about 5-10 minutes from start to finish.

    The SSD is connected to the 2010 Mac Pro (5,1) via the second SATA connection in the optical bay, which is a direct connection so it should be fine.

    I had no problem with updating the same drive with the first firmware patch released a while back.

    Have others run into this issue? Any ideas on how to proceed?
     
  2. h9826790 macrumors G3

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    Is there any PCIe card apart from the graphic card? If yes, remove them and try again
     
  3. camner thread starter macrumors regular

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    There sure are...I'll try again after removing all of the PCIe cards (a bit of a pain, but certainly manageable...). Thanks for the tip!
     
  4. camner thread starter macrumors regular

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    I realized that it might be easier to use my wife's PC to update the firmware...and sure enough, it was. I just disconnected the boot drive, connected the Samsung 840 EVO, booted off the CD, and 2 minutes later, DONE!

    I have a followup question or two....I saw on the Samsung website downloads page for the 840 EVO a program called the Samsung Magician, that, apparently, among other things, will force the 840 EVO to rewrite its data (for the purposes of refresh), which will, if I understand things correctly, bring the performance up to snuff and then the new firmware periodic rewrite will take over.

    1. Samsung Magician is a Windows only app, right? I ask because the Mac version of the firmware says on the website that the firmware supports the new version of Magician. I presume that's an error?

    2. How important is it to perform the "forced rewrite" that Magician handles. Is there a substitute for Mac?

    3. I am assuming that I should NOT use my Windows Virtual Machine (via Parallels) to install and run Samsung Magician, right?

    4. What about Boot Camp? Is that a way to run Magician?
     
  5. h9826790 macrumors G3

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    AFAIK

    1) The upgrade tool is for Mac, it makes the SSD support Magician 4.6 (which is a Windows only software), but it doesn't say that there is a Magician 4.6 in OSX. What it provide is like what you did. If you upgrade the SSD in a Mac, and then move the SSD to a Windows machine, then it will support Magician 4.6, no need to perform any firmware upgrade. That's it. You can spend a million, doesn't mean that you have a million to spend. It's the same logic.

    2) If your read speed (e.g. for a file that older than 3 months) drops dramatically, then it's the time to perform this "force rewrite" to restore the normal real performance. If you are not affect, then nothing need to worry about.

    3) I don't think it works in a virtual machine.

    4) Yes, it can work under bootcamp.
     
  6. H2SO4 macrumors 68040

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    USB image

    Has anybody tried making a bootable USB from this or that perhaps suggest why it shouldn’t work?
     
  7. m4v3r1ck, Jul 14, 2015
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    m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    I just updated all my Samsung 840 EVOs:

    First I needed to install the SM 4.6 in Windows 8 for the new firmware update to get avaliable, then updated the firmware for the EVOs on my DUO X2s - OS X / Windows / OS X Scratch - with the SM 4.6.

    So far so good!

    Cheers
     

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