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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  • code65536 - Thursday, April 12, 2012 - link

    What's wrong with that? You humans are so used to your big-endian notation. Crucial's versioning is simply AABB where AA is the minor version in hexadecimal and BB is the major version in hexadecimal. So this is version 15.0, if you want to convert it into human-friendly decimal big-endian. :P Reply
  • kyuu - Friday, April 13, 2012 - link

    It's called hexadecimal. Look it up.

    What does it matter anyway? It's a version number for some firmware. It's not like they named their next-gen SSD the Crucial 000F.
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  • Coup27 - Friday, April 13, 2012 - link

    I work in engineering and rely heavily on documents maintaining a standard sequential method of naming. With version 0001, 0002, 0009, 0309 you always would know where you stood and everybody knows what is the latest version. Then as always someone throws out there "new version" or "000F" which follows none of the previous numbering system. Then you find 2 weeks later you have a major issue because people have been working to different documents because the numbering system got shagged up by somebody. I just don't get it. Surely it is easier for them to continue a logical method. Reply
  • UltraTech79 - Saturday, April 14, 2012 - link

    Seriously? Does it really matter to you what a SSD firmware revision numbering scheme is like? How much free time to you have? Reply
  • harshw - Friday, April 13, 2012 - link

    I have two C300 SSDs that suffer from BSODs - the 'help' one gets on the official forums is the same: Try installing Intel SATA drivers. When told that they are in AMD based boxes, there's silence ...

    I guess my next SSD will be an Intel, dont want to experiment with Crucial anymore ...
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  • damianrobertjones - Friday, April 13, 2012 - link

    Cor blimey! I've a Probook 6465b in front of me that refuses to boot with a 128Gb M4 SSD. AMD chipset... latest firmware, bios and drivers! Reply
  • UltraTech79 - Saturday, April 14, 2012 - link

    You guys blame the SSD when it could be any number of issues with your systems. The fact that the vast majority of people are running the m4 and C300s with updated firmware just fine kind of says all that needs to be. Reply
  • The12pAc - Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - link

    I had to go back to 11.9's for my Media Center to boot on Win7 x64. AMD 750 SB in AHCI mode. Something with the 12.x versions just don't work, at least with my Vertex2 60GB. Reply
  • faizoff - Monday, April 16, 2012 - link

    Took me about 30 secs all in all to update. Im really surprised it was that easy. Just double clicked the .exe and it rebooted, updated and restarted the computer and things were back to normal.

    No performance issues before or after update regardless.

    Prior to my M4 I had a C300 and never had any issues with that either.
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  • SteveLord - Monday, April 16, 2012 - link

    I don't mind the firmware updates. I have several M4 drives between home and work. They all work well. Reply

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