CES 2014: A quick word with Samsung on SSD Magician, Firmware Updates, and Full Drive Encryption

Subject: Storage, Shows and Expos | January 5, 2014 - 09:38 PM |
Tagged: SSD Magician, Samsung, CES 2014, CES

While at Storage Visions, I had a quick word with Chris Geiser of Samsung. Over the past few weeks there have been updates to 840 (PRO / EVO) SSD Firmware as well as to their SSD Magician software. These updates enable increased performance as well as full drive encryption (with no performance loss whatsoever). Check out the video below for full details:

So long story short, if you own these drives, consider updating your Magician Software, SSD firmware, and start protecting your data with full drive encryption. As always with any firmware upgrade, even though Samsung updates are non-destructive, it's a good idea to back up first regardless.

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January 7, 2014 | 07:13 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

the magician software has bug, unable to perform firmware update. How do I request for help?

January 8, 2014 | 05:40 AM - Posted by Andy (not verified)

It keeps telling me there's a firmware update waiting.
When I go to the site there is no file there. The automatic update doesn't work either, presumably because the file is not there.

March 29, 2014 | 03:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If you ante an amd chipset it could be the reason the firmware update is failing. Samsung magician does not offer support for the amd chipsets. You can still make a boot able dc or USB drive to do the update.

March 12, 2014 | 11:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I updated the firmware yesterday on both of my Samsung 840-series SSDs. After reboot, I got a Windows error message saying the device didn't install correctly, and now Magician gives the following error when launched:

"Magician cannot communicate with the below Samsung SSD(s). Please check with other compatible storage drivers and try again."

Any ideas what this means? How do I "check with other compatible storage drivers?"

I confirmed I have the latest version of Magician, and removed and reinstalled it to no effect.

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