Should I Be Concerned and Extra Cautious

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  1. baumgrenze's Avatar
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       #51

    Thanks - I'm Ready to Start


    Thank you both very much.

    I have a pair of Crucial M550 SSDs, part of my plan to run them in RAID1 the way I ran XP. I gave that up and only use the one as my system disk.

    Since I cannot presently image the system disk, I want to anticipate any potential problems in selecting which of the M550s gets the new firmware since both came with MU01 and MU02 is now the current firmware.

    I found Loki's 'Tip'

    Tip: Rename Hard Drive - Windows 7 Help Forums

    and renamed the drives so that one is named Win 7 x64 System Disk and the other is Win 10 x64 System Disk.

    I want to be reassured that I will see these names when I upgrade the firmware.

    thanks,

    baumgrenze
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  2. essenbe's Avatar
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       #52

    As far as renaming the drives, it is always a good idea for many things, however I don't believe that you will see the names when doing firmware upgrades or in BIOS Boot configuration. You will see the drive names and model and possibly serial number. I have never done a Crucial drive, but I have done Samsung drives. It will usually show you the firmware version on each drive and possibly the Serial Number, so you won't get confused.

    As far as Raid 1... I never advise Raid on personal computers. Raid 1 will seriously slow your performance down. Raid is also not a backup. I'm not sure you can do what I understand you are planning to do with a raid setup, without some 'fancy footwork', if you know what I mean. As I understand it, you are going to clean install 1 disk, clone it to the other disk and upgrade 1 of the disks, keeping the other disk as a backup in case of failure. Do I understand correctly?
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  3. baumgrenze's Avatar
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       #53

    How To Idea ...


    I watched a video and see that the firmware upgrade is run from a bootable CD.

    Should I just make the CD (verify it before using) and disconnect all but the empty SSD and run it?

    Also, somehow I managed to install 7-zip so that it is not in the Start Menu. I found it in ZTreeWin and there are several executable files. Which one is the one to use?

    thanks

    baumgrenze
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  4. baumgrenze's Avatar
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       #54

    essenbe said:
    As far as renaming the drives, it is always a good idea for many things, however I don't believe that you will see the names when doing firmware upgrades or in BIOS Boot configuration. You will see the drive names and model and possibly serial number. I have never done a Crucial drive, but I have done Samsung drives. It will usually show you the firmware version on each drive and possibly the Serial Number, so you won't get confused.

    As far as Raid 1... I never advise Raid on personal computers. Raid 1 will seriously slow your performance down. Raid is also not a backup. I'm not sure you can do what I understand you are planning to do with a raid setup, without some 'fancy footwork', if you know what I mean. As I understand it, you are going to clean install 1 disk, clone it to the other disk and upgrade 1 of the disks, keeping the other disk as a backup in case of failure. Do I understand correctly?
    The Crucial firmware upgrade uses an ISO and a bootable CD. See below (How To Idea)

    I gave up on RAID1 in March 2014, but I have the hardware bought in anticipation. RAID1 is no longer important to me.

    thanks

    baumgrenze
    Last edited by baumgrenze; 28 Jul 2016 at 11:43. Reason: clarification
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  5. essenbe's Avatar
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       #55

    Use the 7zip file manager, open the ISO with the 7ZIP file manager and extract it to a USB drive. When you select extract, it should give you a search/dialogue box to select where to extract it to. Just find your USB drive.

    I would burn the ISO to CD using the Windows 7 image burning program. You can have it verify the burn. You can leave all drives connected. All firmware upgrade disks I have used will only show it's own disks or only allow them to be upgraded. Or, you can just have the empty disk connected if you prefer. Personally, I don't think it will make a difference. Do you know how to boot from a CD drive?
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  6. baumgrenze's Avatar
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       #56

    At this point I cannot see how to run 7Zip...

    I somehow managed to install it without pinning it to the Start menu or the Task Bar.

    Should I Be Concerned and Extra Cautious-7zipexefiles.jpg

    Which of the 3 do I use to access the 7Zip File Manager?

    thanks

    baumgrenze
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  7. essenbe's Avatar
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       #57

    7zFM.EXE You can find it in C:\ProgramFiles\7-Zip
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  8. baumgrenze's Avatar
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       #58

    Sorry to be so slow, but I'm trying to be methodical.

    I have the firmware program on a thumb drive. I unplugged all my drives save for the empty SSD. I had the thumb drive installed.

    The boot sequence did not complete.

    Perhaps this overprotective approach will not work?

    I started the firmware install but got cold feet and quit.

    thanks

    baumgrenze
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  9. essenbe's Avatar
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       #59

    I'm sorry, but I'm a little confused. You said the boot sequence did not complete. So, how did you start the firmware install before you aborted it?
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  10. baumgrenze's Avatar
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       #60

    I inadvertently launched the application with all the drives running. It wanted to install it here:

    C:\Program Files\Crucial\Crucial Storage Executive

    Perhaps this just installs a program that then installs the new firmware on a selected drive. I was reading an anadtech review of the software when you reply arrived:

    A Look at Storage Executive - Crucial 1TB) SSD Review

    It rapidly begins talking in acronyms. Have you time to look?

    thanks

    baumgrenze

    baumgrenze said:
    Sorry to be so slow, but I'm trying to be methodical.

    I have the firmware program on a thumb drive. I unplugged all my drives save for the empty SSD. I had the thumb drive installed.

    The boot sequence did not complete.

    Perhaps this overprotective approach will not work?

    I started the firmware install but got cold feet and quit.

    thanks

    baumgrenze
      My Computers


 
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