I’m not new to firmware upgrades but I have been unable to update my 256GB Ultra Plus drive(s) with either of the current firmwares available - X2306RL or X2316RL.
I’m not getting anywhere near the advertised rated performance, currently the drives are showing firmware 10.03.00, I’ve noticed on a SSD user upload website that drives showing firmware 10.03.00 are showing nowhere near the performance of the same model drive with firmwares X2306RL or X2316RL - this has also been confirmed on a different site , specialising in SSD RAID testing, where an upgrade to X2306RL showed large performance gains - both confirm my own opinion.
Currently setup in RAID 0 I have attempted to upgrade the firmware via both CD and USB on 3 different PC’s, using IDE / SATA / AHCI / RAID options where available in each case.and on each system. I have also tried installing the drive to various connectors SATA1 SATA2 etc etc. with the above options.
Using the Sandisk software the program tells me that the update is available, and has been successful, in each case I have found that the firmware remains the same - 10.03.00. I have removed the cables from the drive after powering down each PC after the update attempts.The good news is that upon installing the drives back into the original PC the RAID set remains in place and I can boot to a system with no data loss. The only thing left to try is to break the current RAID configuration, format each drive and then attempt the firmware update on a number of PC’s that I have available. I don’t actually have a major issue with this, but it would be nice not to have go through this, only to find that the firmware update has again failed and I’ve now got to reinstall the O/S with no move forward.
In using the Sandisk software i too found that it would only allow me to download the X2306RL firmware I have tried this version, I have also manually downloaded version X2316RL and used the manual option in the software to install this to USB / CD.
If you have a RAID setup and are unable to confirm the exact model drive you have the Intel RST software is one of the few packages that will actually identify the drive model and serial number ina RAID set - the Sandisk software fails to do this on a RAID setup. (If you have an Intel chipset board I seriously suggest that you install the relevant RST software - it gives early notification of a problem drive and from my experience can be a life saver.)