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Indilinx Barefoot Firmware Testing with the RunCore Pro IV SSD - The Firmware Update Process

Chris looks at Barefoot performance over three generations of firmware using RunCore's Pro IV.

| Editorials in Storage | Posted: Mar 3, 2010 1:37 am
Manufacturer: RunCore

The Firmware Update Process

 

There are a couple of paths that you can choose to update your RunCore Pro IV or other Indilinx Barefoot controlled drive. Many manufacturers have made a simple bootable CD ISO image that will let you update the drive with little interaction with the system. Sometimes you really don't want to burn a CD just to update one drive, pun intended, and if that is the case there is always the old tried and true floppy drive method like how we used to update motherboard BIOS files. One of the more popular ways is with a thumb drive.

 

I chose to use the Thumb Drive process since I have a dedicated thumb drive that is used exclusively for booting to a clean DOS environment. You can find all of the files and instructions for making a USB to DOS thumb drive here.

 

It should be noted that you will need to enter your BIOS and change your settings to IDE for the controller that your drive is attached to. When finished be sure to move the settings back to AHCI before booting into Windows. More information can be found in our Solid State Drive Optimization Guide.

 

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RunCore has published a document that walks you through the update process. In it you will find that each drive based on capacity and memory type uses a different file to update the drive. Our drive uses 256GB of Samsung flash so our executable was the IM5616.exe.

 

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Once the software is started you can confirm that the new firmware is what you are looking for and simply press Y to move along.

 

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Once the correct drive has been identified you press the number of the drive you would like updated and let the software go to work.

 

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We have updated several Indilinx Barefoot drives and in only one case the software confirmed that the drive was updated successfully. In every other case the software reported a failure. After loading the drive back into a Windows environment we found that the drive was updated successfully even though the software read failure. If you receive a failure notice there is little reason to start running around like your hair is on fire, just take a deep breath and confirm the firmware in Windows with Crystal Disk Information.

 

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