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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  • UltraTech79 - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    It's amusing because you assume those games did not go through code revisions -after- release. The only issue was they had no way of updating the original carts, they just had to supply the updated ones.

    Now we have firmware, and people still find ways to bitch. Ignorant assholes.
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  • a5cent - Thursday, April 12, 2012 - link

    To a degree some of what you say is true, but your accusations are very one sided. Consumers are at least equally to blame. For most consumers purchasing decisions are based on the hip-factor, performance and price. In comparison security, stability and compatibility are barely even an afterthought. As this is how consumers behave, it would be irrational for companies to invest any more than absolutely necessary in the later properties of a product, as doing so would cost a lot, but not net them a single additional sale. The enterprise market has different priorities, and is also willing to pay more for higher quality offerings.

    Your comments also indicate that you have a limited understanding of software development. All PC subsystems involve a LOT of software. The URL below refers to a document written over 10 years ago at Carnegie Mellon University. It explains a little about why it is practically impossible (theoretically it is possible) to rule out software defects completely. This applies not just to the PC industry, but to any industry involved in non-trivial software development:

    http://www.ece.cmu.edu/~koopman/des_s99/sw_testing...

    Obviously, flight control systems will undergo a lot more validation testing than a consumer grade SSD. However, even then the best we can hope for is that we won't ever encounter those defects that invariably will remain. That is simply a fact of any software system of non-trivial complexity.
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  • UltraTech79 - Saturday, April 14, 2012 - link

    No, he means ALL products have this issue. Rushed to market is just something your simply mind has latched onto to explain this away. Sorry kid, the world is more complicated than that. The only dumb sheep around here is you. Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Thursday, April 12, 2012 - link

    Is Microsucks a new company or is your keyboard broken?

    P.s. You do have a valid point with regards to SSDs but you blew it with your Microsucks
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  • nwrigley - Thursday, April 12, 2012 - link

    I agree. When people use lame joke names for companies, I can't help but devalue anything else they might say. Reply
  • UltraTech79 - Saturday, April 14, 2012 - link

    They are just angry kids regurgitation hate because their friends/brother/parents. Ignore the sheep. Reply
  • UltraTech79 - Saturday, April 14, 2012 - link

    Microsucks? What are you 14?

    Idiots trying to make constant updates and support into a BAD THING are just that; idiots. In the old days they wouldent provide firmware updates. They would just have you send the drive back to them and get it replaced by a newer revision of the same drive IF you were under warranty . If not, you were screwed.

    Today you dont have to send it back in for such reasons, and can do a firmware update yourself in about 5 min. How in the fuck is that worse? Or are you so delusionally dense you think older HDD were without programming errors?

    HURR HURRR
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  • Coup27 - Thursday, April 12, 2012 - link

    0001, 0002, 0009, 0309, then 000F. Seriously? Reply
  • cscpianoman - Thursday, April 12, 2012 - link

    They're Game Genie codes:) Reply
  • leexgx - Friday, April 13, 2012 - link

    nice comment (if you know what he is talking about) Reply

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