Corsair Force Series 3 120GB Review Update – Installing new firmware to fix a disappearing drive

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Posted November 7, 2011 by Patrick Kennedy in Servers

I just wanted to provide a quick update on the Corsair Force Series 3 120GB review that was posted a few weeks back. I ended up coming home from an east coast trip and had an application that threw multiple errors. Upon trying to relaunch the application, I was met with another error that the path was not found. I had read many a forum post about some of the SandForce drives dropping so this was not totally unexpected. Hopefully LSI can provide some help with their testing.

The fix is fairly simple:

  1. Shut down the PC and leave it off for a few seconds. Some say pulling the power supply also helps. I should note that a simple reboot still left the drive inaccessible.
  2. Once the PC is booted, and you can see the drive, get the firmware update from the Corsair forums.
  3. Extract and run the updater. You should see the drive marked (note this is the only SF-2xxx series drive installed on this particular PC.
  4. Select the drive and click “Update firmware”
  5. Pick one of the .vic files and click OK.
    Corsair Force 3 120GB - Update Firmware Select Firmware

    Corsair Force 3 120GB – Update Firmware Select Firmware

  6. Click proceed after you are sure you have backed everything up.
    Corsair Force 3 120GB - Update Firmware Warning

    Corsair Force 3 120GB – Update Firmware Warning

The cool thing is that this was not a destructive installation for me so all of the files remained intact. One thing I would highly recommend is updating all SandForce SF-2xxx based drives vulnerable to the dropping/ BSOD issue sooner rather than later. Overall, I will say that I have been pleased with the drive. It is not the fastest around, but it works sufficiently well for anything I have thrown at it.

About the Author

Patrick Kennedy

Patrick has been running ServeTheHome since 2009 and covers a wide variety of home and small business IT topics. For his day job, Patrick is a management consultant focused in the technology industry and has worked with numerous large hardware and storage vendors in the Silicon Valley. The goal of STH is simply to help users find some information about basic server building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.

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