After a wide series of users have complained about problems involving SSDs based on second-generation SandForce controllers, the controller maker has now finally identified the bug behind the BSOD/disconnect issues and has released a fix, which was implemented by OCZ in its latest firmware.
The new FW carries the 2.15 version number and is compatible with the OCZ Vertex 3, Vertex 3 Max IOPS, Agility 3, Solid 3, RevoDrive 3 and RevoDrive 3 X2 solid state drives.
OCZ has been testing this fix in their labs for the past three weeks and now believes that this is safe for public use.
“OCZ is pleased to announce that the cause of a BSOD issue experienced by some SF-2000-based drive owners has been identified by OCZ
“A new firmware update which directly addresses this BSOD occurrence related to SF-2000 based SSDs is available here
“All newly manufactured OCZ SF-2000 based SSDs will feature the new 2.15 firmware revision (which is based on SandForce firmware version 3.3.2.) We highly recommend that any customers that have experienced the BSOD issue update their firmware to 2.15.”
Together with the revised 2.15 firmware, OCZ has also introduced a new version of the Toolbox application that is used for flashing the FW.
This can be downloaded from our website (link here
), and users can find additional details on how to perform a firmware update in this document
In addition to OCZ, SandForce is also releasing this firmware update
for its other partners that build drives based on FS-2200 controllers, but we don't know how long it will take before these will be available for download.
OCZ drive owners who were affected by the problems described by SandForce are recommended to update to the new firmware right now. (via AnandTech