Crucial has released a firmware update for its popular m4 SSD series. The update carries a version code of 000F. The update is said to improve compatibility with certain SAS expanders and RAID cards but Crucial is also claiming better throughput stability (i.e. performance) under heavy loads and enhanced data protection in the event of power loss.

It appears that the update is aimed more towards enterprise users than consumers because SAS expanders and RAID cards are primarily enterprise products. Consumer workloads are usually lighter and may not benefit from the improved throughput stability at heavy loads. Power-loss protection is welcomed by all users, however, as an unexpected power-loss may happen in any environment. 

Crucial offers both a Windows 7 updater and traditional ISO file for upgrading the firmware. While the update is non-destructive in nature, we always recommended that you backup your important data before flashing the drive. The update can be downloaded here.

Source: Crucial Firmware Release

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  • damianrobertjones - Friday, April 13, 2012 - link

    The BBC Micro Model B and Acorn Electron are in my list of owned computers along with a g7000 videopac. I'm 37 and can recall 20Gb hard drives on the Amiga along with the obvious floppy on the Acorn.

    Exile, Pipeline, Repton... those were the days.

    P.s. Never, ever, EVER have I had to update a hard drives firmware until SSDs appeared.
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  • Meaker10 - Friday, April 13, 2012 - link

    Because a HDD is a stone age device in comparison, you never updated your floppies firmware, but you did your optical drive, because you are asking more of it. Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Friday, April 13, 2012 - link

    Excuses if you ask me. Devices should simply work at they usually do Reply
  • UltraTech79 - Saturday, April 14, 2012 - link

    Okay Mr. Perfect design a SSD that works perfectly and lasts 20 years for the rest of us mortals. If you cannot any reasons you give are just "excuses" Reply
  • UltraTech79 - Saturday, April 14, 2012 - link

    You not having update firmware on a HDD doesnt mean they didnt need it. Old dead drives arnt always just dead. A firware update could of fixed the issue.

    You also need to realize this is new technology. If you dont want to have any issues, stay away from cutting edge.
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  • pzkfwg - Friday, April 13, 2012 - link

    I recall my Nintendo and my Super Nintendo. How is it that these machines and their game carthridges, which seems to me quite complicated, never had to be updated? Could it be that updates were impracticable at that time and proper testing was done consequentially? Reply
  • kyuu - Friday, April 13, 2012 - link

    Uh, no. Those old-school game consoles were not somehow more complicated than current hardware. Cartridges are not ultra-sophisticated marvels of engineering compared to SSDs. Even as simple as they were, anyone who actually used those systems, like myself, can remember having plenty of issues with those goddamn things. The software side is pretty much the same. You may as well be comparing a horse-drawn cart to a modern car.

    If people want to stick with their "trouble-free HDDs" (as though HDDs never have problems), then they're free to do so. Meanwhile, the rest of the population can move on to SSDs which offer a far superior user experience in every way and not bitch and moan about a firmware update here and there.
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  • Navvie - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    Your comparison is flawed. Ignoring the fact that carts and consoles are far, far simpler machines than modern day computers (and modern day consoles).

    The NES and SNES were created by one manufacturer, with one possible combination of hardware and ROM.

    To test your cart against this one combination requires little testing.

    PCs are constructed of many bits of hardware and firmware (ROM), that can be assembled in an almost limitless number of combinations.

    To test for the near unlimited number of combinations requires an near unlimited amount of testing.

    As kyuu has posted, you are comparing a horse drawn carriage to a modern day super car.
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  • Filiprino - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    Graphics cards work on every motherboard without problems.

    If hardware vendors just commited with the standards without strange hacks, the vast majority of headaches would disappear.

    But you have all those hacky firmwares and chipsets that you must not buy or use until their manufacturers get their issues solved.
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  • Galcobar - Monday, April 16, 2012 - link

    Aside from the claim that graphics cards don't disagree with motherboards being rather inaccurate, you may have noticed graphics card drivers come out quite often. Reply

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