This seems to be a month of SSD firmware updates. Less than two weeks ago, Crucial released a firmware update to fix the issue that caused BSODs after 5184 hours of operation. Today, OCZ released a firmware update for Octane that improved its random write performance. Samsung also joins the chorus and they have released a firmware update, or actually two updates, for their SSD 830 Series

The first update, named as CXM02B1Q, was actually released two weeks ago. Its release went mostly unnoticed due to CES, hence we never saw it until today. The release notes state that the update fixes a BSOD or hang issue when waking the computer up from hibernation mode. The 830 Series has generally been said to be one of the most reliable SATA 6Gb/s SSDs, and while this issue doesn't seem to be widespread, it's still an issue that affected some users. Samsung also claims that the update fixes partition issues with some enclosures and laptops. 

The second update, CXM03B1Q, was released last Thursday and it's identical to the earlier update, but with improved compatibility and stability of the update tool. You can download the latest firmware for the Samsung 830, and as usual we recommend backing up critical data before flashing.

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  • Dreamwalker - Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - link

    Over at Guru3D there was a report that the update could brick the SSD
  • Chillin1248 - Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - link

    They were referring to the older update I believe.
  • nmichail - Thursday, January 26, 2012 - link

    As soon as I flashed the new firmware (CXM03BIQ) onto a couple of 830 128GB SSDs in RAID1, the IBM M1015-8 controller stopped working with them.

    It detected them, but reported their status as "Unconfigured Bad".

    With the aid of the MegaRAID Storage Manager I was able to bring them back to "Unconfigured Good" status.

    It was quite a drill as this RAID pair belongs to an ESXi server and to do all this staff I had to move controller + SSDs on a Windows machine.
  • aNamelessHenchman - Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - link

    Have Samsung 830 256GB SSD and latest firmware CXM03B1Q. Have an EVGA X58FTW3 MB with SSD connected to SATA III port and latest Marvell Chipset Drivers. Have migrated OS WIN7 64bit from old Corsair 120GB SSD which is disconnected for the moment. The only thing I can think of is the rest of the space on the SSD is unallocated at the moment.....

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