Intel has released a new firmware (02M3) for its X18-M, X25-M and X25-V solid state drives (SSD) on 34nm NAND flash. The new firmware fixes slow-boot issues on SATA 6Gb/s controllers, drive hangs when reading S.M.A.R.T. logs, and improves NCQ capability among others.
No new firmware for the early 50nm SSDs though; the current version is still 8850 for the X25-E and 8820 for the X18-M and X25-M.
Intel has released a new firmware for its X18-M, X25-M and X25-V solid state drives (SSD) with 34nm NAND flash.
The new 02M3 firmware (full revision number 2CV102M3) fixes the following:
- enumeration and slow-boot issues on SATA 6Gb/s controllers, and
- possible drive hangs when reading S.M.A.R.T. self-test log.
Improvements have also been made to:
- S.M.A.R.T. attributes for more accurate reporting of drive health, and
- NCQ capability
However, there are no changes for the Intel X18-M and X25-M SSDs on 50nm, as well as the enterprise-class X25-E. The latest firmware for these two product families are still 8820 and 8850 respectively.
Users can download the Intel SATA SSD Firmware Update Tool v1.7 here.
This firmware update tool provides the latest firmware for the following Intel SSDs in all capacities:
- Intel X25-M / X18-M on 50nm (black case) – updates to FW version 8820
- Intel X25-E on 50nm (black case) – updates to FW version 8850
- Intel X25-M / X18-M on 34nm (silver case) – updates to FW version 02M3
- Intel X25-V on 34nm (silver case) – updates to FW version 02M3
You will need to burn the ISO on the download page to a CD-R or CD-RW as the update tool is designed to run from a CD and not through Windows.
Intel reminds that the update tool will only function correctly with the BIOS SATA ports configured to Legacy / Compatibility mode or AHCI mode. Some BIOS configurations support SATA port modes such as IRRT, RAID, and Native + IDE mode, which are not supported.