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zsld0423
08-23-2012, 10:23 PM
Just found out about this today, but for Crucial M4 SSDs there's a bug that when you hit 5200 hours of use, the SSD would become unstable. Here's a link talking about the problem, and at there's another link at the bottom for the firmware update. I know that story was published at the beginning of this year, but I hadn't seen anything about it on this forum and thought people should know. I know I've been recommending Crucial M4 SSDs to friends and the like and with the 2 hard drive bays in these laptops, it wouldn't hurt to let everyone else know.

(But I also saw there was yet another firmware update for the drive in April, bringing it up to Firmware 000F) But I know when I got my SSD, it was at Firmware 0009 and I hadn't messed with it at all

http://www.storagereview.com/crucial_m4_0309_firmware_update_for_5200_hour_bug_ released

PILGRIM
08-24-2012, 08:20 AM
+1 rep :)

Thanks for the heads up. I, too, have the Crucial M4 SSD.
I'll have it updated when time warrants it.

PILGRIM
08-25-2012, 04:10 PM
Update: I've updated the Crucial M4 firmware to 000F.
I used the USB FAT32 format. Hoping that "5200-hour-bug" won't bite when the time comes. :)

zsld0423 (and other Crucial M4 users out there), you might want to upgrade the SSD's
firmware to 000F firmware, as it will supposedly prevent this bug from happening.
This 000f firmware is also a "single-step" update to any of the previous updates
(from versions 0001, 0002, 0009, or 0309). It was also advised NOT to downgrade the firmware
as it might cause the SSD unusable. See this: http://www.crucial.com/support/firmware.aspx?1345908404

Also, I suggest you use the Universal USB Installer (Linux based), and have it reformat your 2.0 USB to FAT32.
(At least, it was easier for me using it, than burning an ISO copy to a DVD disc.)
See this: http://www.storagereview.com/how_upgrade_crucial_ssd_firmware

When the firmware upgrade is ready (either from a USB pendrive or a DVD disc you've chosen),
restart computer (with either USB pendrive or DVD disc inserted), then press "esc"
repeatedly just after the ASUS splash screen, to access either USB or DVD-ROM
(where you copied the 000F firmware update). Then follow the command/s it
asks you to. When firmware update is successful, power off, then restart computer.
After restart, Windows OS will ask you to restart again. Do so..

After Windows has restarted, use HWiNFO64 (or any similar program utility),
to check your current SSD firmware. By then, the firmware update should have been
installed.. Happy ROG'n..

zsld0423
08-25-2012, 07:58 PM
Yep, I upgraded my firmware that day :D I downloaded the .iso and burned it to a CD, and booted from that. Was a real quick update, and restarted with no issues