So I got an old computer from a friend recently and it had a Samsung 840 120GB (non EVO, non Pro) in it that I installed for him right when these drives came out back in 2012 or early 2013 (had no idea about the problems back then). I know these aren't great or even GOOD drives but I have a need for a basic SSD to drop into an old system I use for testing AGP graphics cards. I Intended to update the firmware to fix the issues. I thought it'd be as simple as connecting it to my main PC via SATA, installing Samsung SSD magician and telling it to update. Boy was I wrong! It has now been about an hour and a half and I still haven't made any progress.
When I run the latest SSD Magician the drive says it has the latest Firmware... derp, no it doesn't? It has DXT06B0Q, which is the version the drives shipped with! This is well documented online. The fixed firmware was apparently DXT0AB0Q. I tried downloading version 4.9.7 of Samsung Magician, because this is the version that all of the news articles mentioned as having the fixed firmware when it was released. However, that one says the same thing! In fact, when I hit the "authenticate" button it says it failed to authenticate the drive. I bought this for my friend from either Amazon or Newegg, it has worked fine other than clearly having issues reading old files (I benchmarked it myself...), which is the problem the 840 has, so there's no way it is a fake. I've read several complaints online where this issue is related to Intel's RST drivers not being installed, but I already have the latest version that works on my P67 chipset.
So, then I find the Firmware updates section of this page:https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/m ... oad/tools/
And it has a DXT08B0Q firmware update for these drives... okay, I have no idea whether 08 or 0A is newer, but I figured I'd try it. Problem is, there is no firmware update utility! There are instructions for flashing a bootable update utility ISO to a flash drive using unetbutin (seriously... a gigantic company like Samsung tells users to download freeware to fix their drives)... but guess what they don't provide? The ISO! I've been at this for the better part of two hours now and I need to take a breather. If anyone has any input or could explain how I may be able to get this drive updated, I'd love to know. I was on the fence about what brand my next primary SSD will be but this experience has solidly scratched Samsung off the list. They don't even support or acknowledge the existence of the SM841 (OEM 840 Pro) I use in my main PC currently, they've had several very serious issues with past drives and now it seems when they do fix a problem there's no guarantee that fix will be available a few years later.