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MZ-5PA064
MZ-5PA128
MZ-5PA256
Firmware Update
Utility Manual
Rev 1.2
Table of Contents
Product Overview.................................................................................3
1. Introduction..................................................................................3
2. Cautions...........................................................................................3
3. System Requirements.............................................................4
Creating a Boot Disk for the Firmware Update...................5
Using the DOS Firmware Utility ...................................................9
General Observations / Limitations........................................13
General Observations................................................................13
Limitations........................................................................................14
Glossary....................................................................................................15
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Product Overview
1. Introduction
The “Samsung Solid State Drive (SSD) Firmware Update Utility” (hereinafter called Samsung
Firmware Utility) will enable users to update firmware on specific Samsung SSD’s connected
to the computer.
This Samsung Firmware Utility supports Samsung SSD 470 Series only, and should be used
with Samsung SSD Magician software to minimize user interaction when downloading
and updating the firmware.
Samsung may provide new firmware, in order to improve its SSD performance, compatibility,
or user environment. A firmware update is recommended whenever the latest firmware
version is released.
2. Cautions
1. This Samsung Firmware Utility supports Samsung SSD 470 Series only. If you use other
models of Samsung SSD, please check www.samsung.com. If you have a computer with
a Samsung SSD pre-installed, please contact the manufacturer of your computer.
2. To prevent any potential damage from the SSD initialization and partial or entire data
loss during the firmware update, it is highly recommended that users back up (save a
copy of ) all data stored on the Samsung SSD to other storage devices before executing
the Samsung Firmware Utility.
3. The SSD must be connected to the system at all times with stable power being supplied
during the firmware update process. If the SSD device cable is disconnected or power is
shut down during the firmware update process, the SSD may be permanently damaged
or rendered inoperable.
4. Samsung does not take any liability for any kind of data loss and restoration that may
occur while the Samsung Firmware Utility is running. It is highly recommended that you
familiarize yourself with this Firmware Update Manual before executing the firmware
update.
Note: The firmware update is not mandatory for those who encounter no problem with installing
and using the Samsung SSD product. Therefore, it is up to the user whether or not to execute
the firmware update.
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3. System Requirements
The Samsung Firmware Utility is DOS-based firmware update utility software.
Be sure to check if the following requirements are satisfied before installing and using this
product.
Hardware Requirements
1. Samsung SSD 470 Series (MZ-5PA064, MZ-5PA128, MZ-5PA256 Models)
2. USB Flash Disk (Minimum 10 MB capacity)
Software Requirements
1. The Samsung SSD Magician software must be installed on your computer.
2. The latest firmware data file is required.
Note: The latest Samsung SSD firmware can be downloaded directly from: www.samsung.com/ssd.
You can also download the latest firmware by clicking the [FW Download] icon in the SSD
Magician menu.
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Creating a Boot Disk for the Firmware Update
1. Install Samsung SSD Magician software on MS Windows.
Note: For detailed information about Samsung SSD Magician software, please check the user
manual.
2. Run the Samsung SSD Magician software, and then click on FW update.
[Figure 1. Samsung SSD Magician]
[Figure 2. Firmware Update Menu]
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3. Create a DOS Boot Disk for the Firmware Update.
3.1. Select USB Bootable Disk by clicking the [Browse] button.
[Figure 3. Selecting USB Disk]
3.2. Browse Firmware Update Images by clicking the [Browse] button.
Please select the folder which contains the latest firmware data files.
(DSRD.enc and MAX.enc files).
[Figure 4. Selecting folder for Firmware Data File]
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3.3. Select the check box Make USB Disk Bootable in order to make the USB disk DOS
bootable.
[Figure 5. Making USB Disk Bootable]
3.4. When the Firmware Update message box is displayed, please read the contents and
click [Yes] if you agree.
[Figure 6. Firmware Update Caution Message]
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3.5 Click the [Start] button to create the Firmware Update Solution Disk.
[Figure 7. Firmware Update Disk Creation]
3.6. When the startup disk creation is completed, a message: “USB disk solution created
successfully, restart the computer and boot from USB for Firmware Update” will be
displayed. Click [OK] to complete the process.
[Figure 8. Completion of Firmware Update Disk]
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Using the DOS Firmware Utility
CAUTION: The following instructions are based on the assumption that a startup disk for
DOS, the Samsung SSD Firmware Update Utility software, and the firmware data file are
correctly installed on the USB Flash Disk.
1. Configure the USB Flash Disk as a primary booting device in the BIOS.
Note: If you are not sure how to set up your computer BIOS, please check the user manual of your
computer system or motherboard.
2. Restart the computer in DOS mode with the USB Boot Disk.
3. Samsung Firmware Update Utility will be launched automatically.
[Figure 9. SSD Firmware Update Utility for DOS]
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4. Press [Y] if you read and accept the disclaimer and warning.
[Figure 10. Scanning for Samsung SSD]
5. This utility will automatically scan for connected SSDs, and the detected disk list will be
displayed. Press [Y] to confirm the firmware update process.
[Figure 11. Confirming the Firmware Update]
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[Figure 12. Updating Samsung SSD Firmware]
6. A confirmation message, with the updated firmware version, will be displayed.
[Figure 13. Confirmation of Firmware Update Completion]
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7. After a few seconds, the software will be closed automatically, or it may register the next
SSD.
Note: If the firmware is already updated on the SSD, then the user will be notified with the following
message:
[Figure 14. Notification of the Latest Firmware]
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General Observations / Limitations
This chapter provides general observations and information on the restrictions on the
Samsung SSD Firmware Update Utility.
General Observations
1. If the Samsung SSD Firmware Update Utility does not start automatically after restarting
the computer, please execute it in DOS mode as follows:
Restarting with the USB disk detects the disk as drive C. The executable files and data
files for the firmware update are stored in the SAMSUNG folder (directory). Do as the
following image indicates to change folders and execute DOSMAIN:
[Figure15. Manual Execution of Firmware Update Utility]
2. In some cases, you will be asked to power the drive OFF/ON depending on the firmware
update type. If the power OFF/ON process is displayed, press [Y] to confirm.
Limitations
1. If SSDs are configured in RAID mode, this Firmware Update Utility cannot detect the
SSDs, Please disable RAID mode in the CIOS, and then update the firmware individually.
After updating the firmware, you can reconfigure RAID mode in the BIOS.
2. The firmware update may not be supported in AHCI mode with some AMD chipsets. If
this is the case, please change AHCI mode to IDE mode in the BIOS, and then update the
firmware. After completion of the firmware update process, you can reconfigure AHCI
mode in the BIOS.
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Glossary
AHCI
AHCI stands for Advanced Host Controller Interface. This specification enables
communication with the ATA device. The AHCI mode must be enabled to use the Native
Command Queuing (NCQ) function of the storage that supports the SATA interface or Hot
Plugging (or Hot Swapping) function.
BIOS
BIOS is an abbreviation of Basic Input/Output System. It is a semiconductor chip that is
installed on the motherboard of all kinds of computer in order to store information about
the system booting and setup. The BIOS can also be called the CMOS.
Boot Disk
The boot disk is a USB Flash Disk solution that allows the computer to restart in DOS mode,
and includes the files related to Samsung SSD Firmware Update Utility.
CMOS
CMOS stands for Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor. The CMOS is a semiconductor
chip that is installed on the motherboard of all kinds of computer, in order to store
information about system booting and setup. The CMOS can also be called the BIOS.
Firmware
The firmware is software stored in a specific hardware device, which includes an
embedded OS and commands for operating the relevant devices. In general, a separate
semiconductor chip is installed in the relevant device, and software is stored in the firmware
chip. Manufacturers may provide updated firmware in order to improve performance and
quality. When this is the case, either experts or users can update the firmware.
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RAID
RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. RAID technology provides increased
storage functions, capability, and reliability. In general, data stored in a RAID system is
distributed across the multiple drives in the computer system. There are several ways to
configure the drives (disks), in a system called “RAID levels”.
SATA
SATA, an abbreviation of Serial Advanced Technology Attachment, sometimes called
serial ATA. SATA is one of the computer interface types primarily designed for data transfer
between computer storage types (HDD, ODD, SSD etc.). It supports fast data transfer with a
disk drive directly incorporated into a drive controller. The SATA interface provides functions
such as Hot Plugging and NCQ.
SSD
Solid State Drive, or SSD, is an innovative data storage device which delivers high
performance, reliability, and quality by using NAND Flash memory.
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