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Old September 11, 2012, 09:13 PM
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I'm wondering if a hot-swap bay will allow me to complete the following scenario:

Buy SSD from store. Take it home and turn my computer on. then insert the new drive into the hot-swap bay. download the latest firmware version and apply the update*. disconnect the SSD and take it to the client's place for installation. my system is still on at this point of course.

*This should be possible for all modern SSDs right? I don't need to 'boot' into the SSD before applying a firmware update from a USB drive?

Does that scenario work? if so, is this in any way different than connecting the SSD through an eSata or USB3 connection?
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Old September 11, 2012, 09:27 PM
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Most SSDs generally need to have their FW updated from DOS or similar. The Crucial M4 can be updated via Windows though. And hot swapping it should work. As long as your board supports hot swap, all regular SATA ports should be capable. But some boards may require that you turn on hot swap for each port in the BIOS.
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Old September 12, 2012, 11:38 AM
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Intel too. But I would not do that.
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Old September 25, 2012, 12:56 AM
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Some of the flasher software out there for SSD firmware only works on the common Intel chipsets (ie: ICH9, ICH10, 6-series, 7-series, etc.), and will not work if you're using ports on a non-Intel controller.
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