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Cannot install Samsung Magician 4.0 for SSD on W520

Question: Cannot install Samsung Magician 4.0 for SSD on W520

I have a Samsung 840 SSD installed in my W520. When I try to install the Samsung Magician 4.0 firmware manager, I get the following error box: "INSTLALATION CANNOT CONTINUE: Windows Management Instrumentation service is disabled. Please enable and try again" But when I go to Windows services, the service is running. I get the same error running as Administrator. Any ideas?

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Preferred Solution: Cannot install Samsung Magician 4.0 for SSD on W520

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Answer: Cannot install Samsung Magician 4.0 for SSD on W520

The Performance counters have become corrupted. Try the following to fix the issue:


Run Command Prompt as Administrator
Type lodctr /r to rebuild the performance counters

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I'm trying to get everything right this time. I have been doing a clean install of windows 8.1. So far so good thanks to your help. Now I've got all the motherboard, Sound card, Video Card, Asrock, drivers installed from disk and updated. I've gone through the windows update. All cool. Made a restore point, and Now just installed Eset Smart Security 7. Now I see that I haven't installed Samsung Digital Magician that came with the SSD 840 EVO. Should I install this now before I go any further? I know that I installed it on my first complete install in April, but of course I screwed up with a refresh a few days ago, then finally I just did a clean install last night of Windows 8.1. My next step was to Install Acronis and slowly adding all my software to get me going again.

Answer:Samsung Digital Magician for 840 EVO when to install?

It's not required but sort of nice to have. Install it at any time.

I installed it when I first added my Samsung SDD 840 EVO 250GB then uninstalled it once everything was running good. I reinstalled it again a few weeks back to check something and decided to leave it installed. Just ran it now and it updated to ver 4.4.No need to allow it to auto-start though. Just delete the link in your Startup folder once it's installed.

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Since I have the Raid Setting in Bios I can't Load Samsung's Drive Magician  software due to the Intel RST driver is loaded once I go to ACHI Mode the Samsung drivers can be installed because the default windows drivers will be where intel chipset sata/pcie RST driver was
I searched and they said easy fix follow these instructions. So I Did
Right-click the Windows Start Menu. Choose Command Prompt (Admin).
If you don’t see Command Prompt listed, it’s because you have already been updated to a later version of Windows.  If so, use this method instead to get to the Command Prompt:
Click the Start Button and type cmd
Right-click the result and select Run as administrator
Type this command and press ENTER: bcdedit /set {current} safeboot minimal
If this command does not work for you, try bcdedit /set safeboot minimal

Restart the computer and enter BIOS Setup (the key to press varies between systems).
Change the SATA Operation mode to AHCI from either IDE or RAID (again, the language varies).
Save changes and exit Setup and Windows will automatically boot to Safe Mode.
Right-click the Windows Start Menu once more. Choose Command Prompt (Admin).
Type this command and press ENTER: bcdedit /deletevalue {current} safeboot
If you had to try the alternate command above, you will likely need to do so here also: bcdedit /deletevalue safeboot

Reboot once more and Windows will automatically start with AHCI drivers... Read more

Answer:xps 8920 install samsung 960 Pro M.2 ssd can't load magician software due to RAID setting

See this thread; en.community.dell.com/.../20011828. Apparently there is an updated BIOS that fixes the problem.

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Hi, I bough a 250 GB Samsung SSD EVO 850.I got a Lenovo X201 computer.My SSD is not recognized by the MAGICIAN Samsung programso i cannot clone my HDD to my Samsung SSD. Please HELP me !!!

Answer:Samsung SSD 850 250GB not recognized by Lenovo X201 Samsung Magician Program

Hi, nocoin, and welcomeIs the SSD installed into the main bay of laptop or external USB box?Samsung Magician application is a tool not for cloning operation. Use Samsung Data Migration Software intead. It's a simple, free of charge, reduction of the Acronis True Image Home application.Then, after installing SSD into the laptop, use Magician app for disk management.Also, you might use another software for the cloning:Clonezilla, Macrium. As well Acronis ATIH full version (I'm not sure whether trial version supports entire drive cloning).

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I have a Samsung SSD that I recently formatted and installed Windows 7 64 bit on. I tried to use Samsung Magician software but it tells me that "Magician cannot communicate with the below Samsung SSD. Please check with other compatible storage drivers and try again. 1. Samsung SSD 840 EVO (etc)"

Upon some investigation, it appears this is because the SSD is listed as SCSI in device manager. I was wondering if there were any way to fix this so that the Samsung Magician software can communicate with the SSD
 

Answer:Samsung SSD listed as SCSI; Samsung Magician not working

HI

What Motherboard make and model are you using and what controller do you have the SSD plugged into as if its the Marvell (JMicron ones can also cause this) controller then that maybe your issue as at times the Marvell controller will list in Windows a SATA drive as SCSI, pita!!

So if you can swap the SSD into a Intel controller then that should fix the issue, just make sure that the drive is listed in the BIOS and as 1st boot device.

Are you running in the BIOS RAID Mode and if so that could also be a source of the issue. Really need to be if not running RAID to be in ACHI mode in the BIOS.
 

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Hi guys, i'm using win 10 pro x64 on a samsung evo 850 120gb ssd. My samsung magician just can't recognize the OS, anyone knows how to fix? Thank you and sorry for my bad grammar!

Answer:SSD Samsung Evo 850 & Samsung Magician RAPID mode

Nope - Unless you really need a deep queue service, it's snake oil anyways. You can following an ongoing conversation here: Samsung Magician

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I get above error; I've updated the intel rapid storage driver and asmedia sata controller driver.
My motherboard is an asus z97 deluxe. Help is appreciated; thx !

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I get above error; I've updated the intel rapid storage driver and asmedia sata controller driver.
My motherboard is an asus z97 deluxe. Help is appreciated; thx !

Answer:Samsung Magician / Samsung SSD 840 series

Verify whether you have the latest release of the Magician software installed. It should be 4.9.7 If it isn't, download the latest version from the Samsung web site.

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 The good news, SUCCESSFUL mSSD INSTALL: I just installed a Samsung SSD 840 EVO 500GB in the mSSD slot. I used Samsung?s Data Migration and transferred about 300GB to the drive from the HDD (HGST 7K1000-1000, HTS721010A9E630) 1TB). I removed the HDD from the lower bay, and booted on the SSD successfully. Used Samsung Magician to fine tune performance. It dropped boot time from 2 minutes 40 seconds to 50 seconds. It loads Photoshop 6 in 5 seconds. For me, it's a screamer. I'm ready to get back to serious large format panoramas again, except for one problem:  I need the hard drive to store about 300GB of images. It's pretty new, 1TB, should do the job just fine. But I have missed a step somewhere.  The PROBLEM, the hard drive locks everything up when installed: I want to put the HDD back in its slot and use it to store photographs that are in post process (in Photoshop). I removed the hard drive, and put it in an Apricorn EZ-UPGRADE case that I've had around for a while, turned on the computer, plugged in the USB cable, used Disk Management to remove the previous application volume, cleared the old data, then did a simple format. The computer suggested calling it drive E:, and I used that drive name. But when I install it in the drive bay beneath, the computer locks up during boot, leaving a black screen and a faint, blinking cursor at upper left. If I remove the drive, boot is okay and blazingly fast again. If I put the ... Read more

Answer:W520 mSSD easy Samsung 840 EVO install, then hard drive lockup

CardCage wrote:
 
The good news, SUCCESSFUL mSSD INSTALL:
 
I just installed a Samsung SSD 840 EVO 500GB in the mSSD slot. I used Samsung?s Data Migration and transferred about 300GB to the drive from the HDD (HGST 7K1000-1000, HTS721010A9E630) 1TB). I removed the HDD from the lower bay, and booted on the SSD successfully. Used Samsung Magician to fine tune performance. It dropped boot time from 2 minutes 40 seconds to 50 seconds. It loads Photoshop 6 in 5 seconds. For me, it's a screamer. I'm ready to get back to serious large format panoramas again, except for one problem:  I need the hard drive to store about 300GB of images. It's pretty new, 1TB, should do the job just fine. But I have missed a step somewhere.
 
 
The PROBLEM, the hard drive locks everything up when installed:
 
I want to put the HDD back in its slot and use it to store photographs that are in post process (in Photoshop). I removed the hard drive, and put it in an Apricorn EZ-UPGRADE case that I've had around for a while, turned on the computer, plugged in the USB cable, used Disk Management to remove the previous application volume, cleared the old data, then did a simple format. The computer suggested calling it drive E:, and I used that drive name. But when I install it in the drive bay beneath, the computer locks up during boot, leaving a black screen and a faint, blinking cursor at upper left. If I remove the drive, boot is okay and blazingly f... Read more

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Blazing fast using Samsung 840 pro.

Answer:Samsung Magician 4.9 is available

Old old news. See:

Samsung Magician 4.9 Released AND

Solved Samsung Magician - Page 31 - Windows 10 Forums (starting around post # 306)

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Question: Samsung Magician

Note: After going without RAPID for months now, I haven't noticed any difference in my day to day computing that RAPID is not there. Since RTM I have done a clean install and let Windows configure Windows for the SSD, and seen absolutely no difference. Of course I only buy Samsung Pro's Ya'lls truly Cliff



One thing I hope is, Samsung gets their head out of there butts and start to make Magician Windows 10 compatible. I get a huge boost using RAPID mode, can even make a PCIe SSD weep.

From my Windows 8.1 desktop just done this morning:
For users:

For Geeks:

One can see my 840Pro 256GB is blazing with RAPID turned on.

Plus I prefer to use their own Performance Optimization tool instead of Windows Defragment and Optimize Drives.

Every build I've tried to install it on causes a either a BSOD or it refuses to boot at all. When upgraded from Windows 7 it won't BSOD but is unstable and Magician crashes taking RAPID with it.

Plus I need Magician to update the disk's firmware(the last firmware update is what put it over the top, and this disk is a couple of years old has had many images and different OS installations:

Answer:Samsung Magician

I wouldn't use some of the system performance tweaks on magician until it says it supports Windows 10.

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Blazing fast using Samsung 840 pro.

Answer:Samsung Magician 4.9 is available

Old old news. See:

Samsung Magician 4.9 Released AND

Solved Samsung Magician - Page 31 - Windows 10 Forums (starting around post # 306)

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Now that Samsung's Magician software is finally available for Windows 10, I have my SSD running with Rapid Mode again.

I notice that the application has created a start up entry "Samsung Rapid Mode Notification Utility". This places an icon in the right corner of the Taskbar. Is this a necessary start up utility for Rapid Mode to work?

Answer:Samsung Magician 4.8

GregH said:

Now that Samsung's Magician software is finally available for Windows 10, I have my SSD running with Rapid Mode again.

I notice that the application has created a start up entry "Samsung Rapid Mode Notification Utility". This places an icon in the right corner of the Taskbar. Is this a necessary start up utility for Rapid Mode to work?



Don't have that entry you write of. Nothing on the right corner of the taskbar either. Rapid Mode is enabled and there's quite a substantial increase in performance!

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Samsung has released a new version of Magician.
All features work in Windows 10.
TRIM is turned off so that Windows can perform that task.

Answer:Samsung Magician 4.95

been out about a week or so

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Question: Samsung Magician

Samsung Magician Version 5.0.0

? Magician Software Installation Guide
***Important information, please read the pdf***
   Information

Samsung has updated their SSD Support Site.
The old link( Samsung V-NAND SSD ) doesn't bring you directly to the downloads any more, but to the new SSD Support Homepage.

To go directly to the downloads for your particular consumer Samsung SSD, go to this link: Consumer SSD | Download | Samsung V-NAND SSD

Also for all SSD tools: Tool & Software | Download | Samsung V-NAND SSD


Original Rant During the Technical Preview




Note: After going without RAPID for months now, I haven't noticed any difference in my day to day computing that RAPID is not there. Since RTM I have done a clean install and let Windows configure Windows for the SSD, and seen absolutely no difference. Of course I only buy Samsung Pro's Ya'lls truly Cliff



One thing I hope is, Samsung gets their head out of there butts and start to make Magician Windows 10 compatible. I get a huge boost using RAPID mode, can even make a PCIe SSD weep.

From my Windows 8.1 desktop just done this morning:
For users:

For Geeks:

One can see my 840Pro 256GB is blazing with RAPID turned on.

Plus I prefer to use their own Performance Optimization tool instead of Windows Defragment and Optimize Drives.

Every build I've tried to install it on causes a either a BSOD or it refuses to boot at all. When upgraded from Windows 7 it won't ... Read more

Answer:Samsung Magician

I wouldn't use some of the system performance tweaks on magician until it says it supports Windows 10.

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i just tried ver 5.1 and noticed trim is enabled ,but still says drive is not supported i have the factory m.2 drives anyone know if some changes have come about re trim?

Answer:p70 and samsung magician

I am running two M.2 960 pro drives in a RAID config on my P51 - the Samsung magician did not recognize my array. I am currently using HWinfo64 and all info is available.

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Samsung has released a new version of Magician.
All features work in Windows 10.
TRIM is turned off so that Windows can perform that task.

Answer:Samsung Magician 4.95

been out about a week or so

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When I did the new clean install of Windows 10 on my XPS 9530, after applying the Samsung Magician software 4.6, i noticed that I could not enable RAPID mode because the software was unable to determine my OS Version.  I did some poking around and found this Microsoft forum posting about having the similar problem with Windows 10 Preview version.
Even though Windows 10 is out and legit, it doesn't look like Samsung is ready to release an update to its software that will fix this problem.  The posting has instructions but if you rather save time reading
[Back out Samsung Magician 4.6 if you already installed it before proceeding]
1.  Install Samsung Magician 4.4 from this link (the link is from Samsung) and reboot.  IGNORE any upgrade notification you get until you have completed the next step!
2.  Enable RAPID Mode on the drive you want and reboot.  Make sure that RAPID mode is working with a speed test, you will know when its working
3.  Now perform an inplace upgrade to the software.  For me, it only updated the software to 4.5 however I have the EVO 1tb drive installed so I wanted to get the lastest, 4.6.  So I did a series of 2 upgrades.   
I now have 4.6 running with RAPID Mode enabled.  The kicker is, IF I should require backing out of RAPID mode, I will be unable to reenable with the current version of 4.6.  I would have to downgrade and start these steps all over again.  However in the enti... Read more

Answer:Samsung Magician vs Windows 10

Hi, here is a solution. I did it and it works with magician 4.6

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I did not like Samsung Magician 5.0 so I uninstalled it completely and installed Magician 4.9.7
I like this older version, more "options", easy to work with.
On one page they asked if I want OVER PROVISIONING, I chose "Set OP", it created a 47.69 GB "unallocated" partition.
It is not formatted. Should I format it or just leave it alone ??

Answer:Samsung Magician 4.9.7 Over Provisioning

Leave it alone.

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I installed Samsung Magician to see if my SSD firmware was up to date. It is.
It's telling me that my OS is currently optimized for use with a HDD.

Answer:Let Samsung Magician optimize SSD?

I have Samsung 850 EVO but I don't use their optimization as my PC is used for my recording studio and I have it manually optimized for recording. I tried it and one thing it did was change my "Power Plan" to something I didn't want. I had to manually reset it.

If not doing anything specifically that the Magician would interfere with, I say use it.

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Samsung Magician 4.9 Released






New in Version 4.9

- Magician version 4.9 features a number of improvementsover version 4.8:

- New model support: Samsung 750 EVO SSD





Samsung download links:

Samsung 4.9 software

Installation Guide

Alternate MajorGeeks link:

Samsung SSD Magician 4.9

Answer:Samsung Magician 4.9 Released

IownAmoneyPit said:

Samsung Magician 4.9 Released



Samsung download links:

Samsung 4.9 software

Installation Guide

Alternate MajorGeeks link:

Samsung SSD Magician 4.9



This is OLD news, version 4.9 was released about 2 weeks ago....or more.

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I have ordered a Samsung 840 EVO SSD and will be installing it in a few days. While looking at the manuals on Samsung's support page, I was reading the procedures for using the Magician software. After the system requirements, which my system is well over the minimums, there is a section on Driver Support. In this section, the table says that AMD chipsets are not supported.

What does this mean? I have an ASUS mobo with an AMD FX990 chipset running an FX-4300 CPU. What will not work - the Magician software, the 840 EVO SSD, or what??? I've seen plenty of reviews of this SSD and never seen any reference to not being compatible with an AMD system.

Thanks for any clarification on this.

Answer:Samsung Magician driver

I've not heard this before but you should be fine. I have a 840 running in my 990fxa/8350 no problems. I installed the magician software without issue. I have used the software and I had trouble with the auto firmware update, that's the only AMD compatibility issue I know of. Very minor technicality.

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I left 50GB of my 500GB Samsung EVO 840 SSD at the end of the memory just for over provisioning. But it seems that they are not seen because they are allocated after my Fedora install.

Any idea on how to work with this?

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Samsung has updated their SSD tweaking software.
Samsung SSD software page
Download
User Manual
New in Version 4.7

Magician version 4.7 features a number of improvements over version 4.6:New model support: 850 PRO 2TB, 850 EVO 2TBAdvanced Performance Optimization support for 840 EVO mSATANew firmware is required to use Advanced Performance OptimizationMinor bug fixes

Source

Answer:Samsung Magician 4.7 Released

Download limit exceeded. What a joke.

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I saw this on Microsoft web site, using a hack tool to enable to Raid Mode button, click it on, reboot and voila you have Rapid Mode turned on! My C: drive had this change before/after:

Sequential Read: 562 -> 4975
Random Read 95687 -> 151673
Sequential Write 532 -> 4078
Random Write 85422 -> 68517

I am running Windows 10 Pro, Samsung 850 Pro 1 TB, Samsung Magician 4.7

Here is the hack: all it does is in the running process enable the Rapid Mode that is disabled. It makes no change to executable or any other files.

1) Download and install the latest version of ProcessHacker2 - Overview - Process Hacker
2) Open Samsung Magician and navigate to the Rapid Mode tab
3) Run ProcessHacker2 as Administrator then find and select the Samsung Magician.exe process in ProcessHacker2, right click and select Miscellaneous -> Windows
4) Search for the item listed with Samsung Magician as the text
5) Drill down and expand MDIClient
6) Find the first item SCort_ChildFrame that is not grayed out and expand it as well as it's SCort_SAT_View item
7) Right click on the Button with the text Enable and select Enabled
8) Click the Enable button in Samsung Magician!

link to the original post and thanks to the poster Steve Framstad, on page 4 in my browser (shows some screen shots there):
Samsung Magician software doesnt recognize Windows 10, wont - Microsoft Community

Answer:Another Fix that works with Samsung Magician 4.7

Already covered here - Samsung Magician see post # 49.

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Alright so I just recently started using the Intel SSD Toolbox software for my 120g x25-m, and found it pretty simple and if the weekly trims help, that's great. I was wondering if there is an identical program I should consider using for the samsung 830, I know it came with a program titled Magician Software, which more or less from what I can dig up, does similar things. Does anyone have any experience with it? Is it good and worth using? Or is there something else floating around that would be better? The samsung 830 (256gb) is my main drive and OS.

Thanks~
 

Answer:Samsung 830 (Magician Software?)

I've used both and SSD Magician is roughly equivalent in features if not a little less polished than the Intel software. AFAIK there are no alternatives, this is written by Samsung themselves.
 

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if you did a clean install of the latest windows 10 version Samsung magician will shot ahci disabled
but if you just updated it will be ok

I just want to khnow for people for did a clean install does magician still show ahci disabled
or they fixed it ?

Answer:does samsung magician still not working ?

I did a clean install of Windows 10 Pro x64 and Samsung Magician (4.9.7) works normally with AHCI showing enabled.

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Their servers have a metered connection.
Tool & Software | Download | Samsung V-NAND SSD

New Features
New Samsung Magician features a number of improvements over version 4.9.7
? Completely redesigned and more intuitive user interface
? New Models support : Samsung SSD 960 PRO, 960 EVO
? System Compatibility guide
? SSD model specific feature installation system : only required feature components are
installed and updated

Systems: Windows 7/8/10

The following Samsung SSDs are supported:*
Samsung SSD 960 PRO(M.2)
Samsung SSD 960 EVO(M.2)
Samsung SSD 950 PRO(M.2)
Samsung SSD 850 PRO
Samsung SSD 850 EVO
(2.5?, mSATA, M.2)
Samsung SSD 840 PRO
Samsung SSD 840 EVO(2.5?, mSATA)
Samsung SSD 840 Series
Samsung SSD 830 Series
Samsung SSD 750 EVO
Samsung SSD 470 Series
(*Some features may not be supported for all models.)

Rapid Mode is disabled to install. Last time they did this RM wouldn't enable.
Update at your own risk.

Answer:Samsung Magician 5.0.0.790 released

they probably disabled rapid mode due to massive complaints. sorry but if the drive has to steal ram to increase it's speeds something is majorly wrong.

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Their servers have a metered connection.
Tool & Software | Download | Samsung V-NAND SSD

New Features
New Samsung Magician features a number of improvements over version 4.9.7
? Completely redesigned and more intuitive user interface
? New Models support : Samsung SSD 960 PRO, 960 EVO
? System Compatibility guide
? SSD model specific feature installation system : only required feature components are
installed and updated

Systems: Windows 7/8/10

The following Samsung SSDs are supported:*
Samsung SSD 960 PRO(M.2)
Samsung SSD 960 EVO(M.2)
Samsung SSD 950 PRO(M.2)
Samsung SSD 850 PRO
Samsung SSD 850 EVO
(2.5?, mSATA, M.2)
Samsung SSD 840 PRO
Samsung SSD 840 EVO(2.5?, mSATA)
Samsung SSD 840 Series
Samsung SSD 830 Series
Samsung SSD 750 EVO
Samsung SSD 470 Series
(*Some features may not be supported for all models.)

Rapid Mode is disabled to install. Last time they did this RM wouldn't enable.
Update at your own risk.

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1) Does Samsung Magician always need to be running to benefit from its OS optimizations/tweaks?

2) Also, what about RAPID Mode? does it also rely on Samsung Magician to work properly?

3) Is there a way to keep Samsung Magician running on startup, but not get a UAC prompt? All my other programs start with no UAC prompt so why does it need to prompt me everytime it starts?

Answer:Does Samsung Magician always need to be running?

I've only looked at the OS optimization feature. It seems to be just a front end for setting Registry values. Once the Registry values are set, Magician running or not has no effect. Depending on the Registry setting, you may have to log off or restart for it to kick in.

The UAC is probably because programs that require running as Administrator can't be run immediately at startup withput triggering UAC. There are ways around it such as creating a scheduled task. But since it doesn't need to be running for the tweaks it may be moot.

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if you did a clean install of the latest windows 10 version Samsung magician will shot ahci disabled
but if you just updated it will be ok

I just want to khnow for people for did a clean install does magician still show ahci disabled
or they fixed it ?

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Hey, I got my Y2P this week,(i7,8GB and 512 SSD).   When i start samsung magician, i unable to find Samsung SSD:,    The Y2P does have newest bios installed, and i have updated other drivers. any suggestions ? 

Answer:Yoga 2 Pro, Samsung Magician

Anyone?

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Samsung Magician 4.9 Released






New in Version 4.9

- Magician version 4.9 features a number of improvementsover version 4.8:

- New model support: Samsung 750 EVO SSD





Samsung download links:

Samsung 4.9 software

Installation Guide

Alternate MajorGeeks link:

Samsung SSD Magician 4.9

Answer:Samsung Magician 4.9 Released

Originally Posted by IownAmoneyPit


Samsung Magician 4.9 Released



Samsung download links:

Samsung 4.9 software

Installation Guide

Alternate MajorGeeks link:

Samsung SSD Magician 4.9



This is OLD news, version 4.9 was released about 2 weeks ago....or more.

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Is tere any utility like Samsung Magician for T440s built in Samsung SSD? I've read somewhere that Lenovo builds T440s with Samsung 840 however I am not 100% sure. Tried installing Magician but unfortunatelly many features are not available. Thanks.

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Samsung Magician 4.9 Released






New in Version 4.9

- Magician version 4.9 features a number of improvementsover version 4.8:

- New model support: Samsung 750 EVO SSD



Samsung download links:

Samsung 4.9 software

Installation Guide

Alternate MajorGeeks link:

Samsung SSD Magician 4.9

Answer:Samsung Magician 4.9 Released

why whenver a new version of samsung magician comes out does it never notify me even when I check inside the program?

I had magician 4.8 and 4.7 and they both never updated .. I had to manually go to the website and download them and update them..

others have this issue too?

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Samsung Magician 4.9 Released






Quote:
New in Version 4.9

- Magician version 4.9 features a number of improvementsover version 4.8:

- New model support: Samsung 750 EVO SSD




Samsung download links:

Samsung 4.9 software

Installation Guide

Alternate MajorGeeks link:

Samsung SSD Magician 4.9

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Hello,

Running W10 pro on a desktop PC with two Samsung SSD EVO850 drives. Samsung Magician is installed and Over Provisioning is set on both SSD's. I have also set the OS Optimisation options and Rapid mode on the boot drive in Magician.

If I use CCleaner to disable Magician in the start up programs list, will I lose these apparent benefits, or can I safely disable Magician in Start Up programs?

Theory - I will seldom if ever use Magician after making these settings so it is merely wasting resources if it is just loading every time I start the PC for the heck of it.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Samsung Magician - Start up option

You'll be ok. It will just disable the system try icon from loading at startup. You will then just need to go to all apps menu if you need to open it, to do anything.

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SAMSUNG MAGICIAN just released version 5.0

Answer:SAMSUNG MAGICIAN version 5.0 just released

Samsung released that version (5.0) back in late November 2016.
Why you think it was just released?

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I recently installed a Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD. I checked first off and TRIM is on. However, when I run the Magician it tells me that my OS(7 x64) doesn't support TRIM. Is it telling me that it doesn't now because Samsung is in charge? Any ideas? Thank you.

Answer:Samsung Magician and TRIM message

See this page for instructions on checking if TRIM is enabled in Windows 7 (use the fsutil method):

Verify That TRIM Is Enabled In Windows 7 | gHacks Technology News

About Samsung "Magician", it purposely interferes with sleep and should NEVER be left running. It's easy to miss, hidden in the notification area as it will be when you close the program. (That's why the default should be "always show" for new icons.) I wrote about the BSOD it caused me here, which was the first BSOD I've seen in several years:

It was a strange day - BSOD, Samsung Magician, Intel RST, hybrid sleep... - [H]ard|Forum

After you finish with it, visit the system tray and close it through its icon. It does not install drivers or leave any services running, so it's safe to use as long as you remember to close it for real. Here are a couple of supporting messages about Magician and sleep, both occurring in threads where people discuss BSODs and attribute it to "Magician":

[SOLVED] ntoskrnl.exe - Tech Support Forum
Samsung SSD Magician - Overclockers UK Forums

Now if you take the Samsung claims about sleep seriously, I'd recommend secure-erasing the drive and exchanging it for something else.

The only reason I have to run Magician is to use its optimizer function, which does a manual TRIM, which I find necessary to do immediately after encrypting a system drive with TrueCrypt. While TrueCrypt doesn't block TRIM on partitions within the scope of system encryption... Read more

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Hi all, Just had a quick question - I have two Samsung SSD 840 EVOs. One for my OS and one for my Flight Simulator X install. The SSD comes with the Samsung Magician software that offers a range of features. I was just wondering if anyone took advantage of these features to optimize their SSDs? I'm looking at the Perfomance Optimization, OS Optimization, Over Provisioning, and RAPID mode features. I wouldn't be totally honest if I said I knew what all those features did. Just wanted to see what others have done. Also, on a related-note: every time I boot my PC and log in, I get a message basically saying Samsung Magician needs Admin rights in order to run and I should relaunch the application with admin rights. For security, I run as a standard user and have a separate Administrator profile when needed. Is there any way to keep Samsung Magician from running on startup? I've read from numerous places that it is not required to startup with Windows, however, it is not listed in the msconfig.exe Startup tab? Thank you for your help. As always, it is greatly appreciated!

Answer:Samsung Magician software for SSDs?

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Originally Posted by GLaDOS


Hi all, Just had a quick question - I have two Samsung SSD 840 EVOs. One for my OS and one for my Flight Simulator X install. The SSD comes with the Samsung Magician software that offers a range of features. I was just wondering if anyone took advantage of these features to optimize their SSDs? I'm looking at the Perfomance Optimization, OS Optimization, Over Provisioning, and RAPID mode features. I wouldn't be totally honest if I said I knew what all those features did. Just wanted to see what others have done.




I have it installed on my laptop - bout all I really have it installed for is if there's any firmware updates, it'll notify me of them. Otherwise I've only used it to run a few benchmarks through it.


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Also, on a related-note: every time I boot my PC and log in, I get a message basically saying Samsung Magician needs Admin rights in order to run and I should relaunch the application with admin rights. For security, I run as a standard user and have a separate Administrator profile when needed. Is there any way to keep Samsung Magician from running on startup? I've read from numerous places that it is not required to startup with Windows, however, it is not listed in the msconfig.exe Startup tab? Thank you for your help. As always, it is greatly appreciated!




Check your Startup folder if there's a shortcut there:
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Can anyone please tell me how do I turn the defrag and optimize back on?

I need some help.
I am running Win 8 Pro.
My set up has 2 x 650 GB WD Black hard drives and a Samsung 840 (non pro) for the boot drive.

I have run the latest Samsung Magician, however the BIG problem is that it has stopped the windows 8 Defrag program.

I reinstalled Win 8 and all was OK, (now for the bit about me being thick -- ) I thought I would try the old version of Samsung Magician, and Bu**er me if has not only done the same thing again, turned off defrag and optimize, I am just unable to open defrag in order to defrag my WD drives.

I do not really want to reinstall Windows 8 again unless I have to, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that someone knows how to switch defrag bag on again.

Thanks in advance
Syd

Answer:HELP - Samsung Magician has stopped defrag

Hi there
Don't DEFRAG an SSD --just THINK for a minute --what does defrag attempt to do. It basically tries to re-arrange the files so the bits of it are all next to each other rather than spread all over the disk.

This is 100% irrelevant in SSD's since there are NO moving parts so access time in spinning the disk to read all the bits of the file into storage is NOT an issue with an SSD.

In fact these days it's rarely if ever necessary to defrag a spinner either --just back it up (image it) with something like Acronis and restore it again. Unless you are deliberately doing a sector by sector dump and restore the disk will be "re-arranged" automatically by the restore program.

Cheers
jimbo

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There is a new version of Samsung Magician software, version 4.3, which I discovered when I ran the program today.

The new version has provision to enable "Rapid Mode" on Samsung 840 Pro series SSD's which I think was only previously available on the EVO series.

This may be of interest to those that are running 840 pro series SSD's.

Answer:New version of Samsung Magician software.

Actually I am running EVO's Ranger so I will try that when I get up tomorrow

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I just upgraded Magician to v4.3.
It's the first time I've looked at the program in many months. I made some choices when I first installed the SSD, but I'm wondering about some of these now.

Program: Do you allow Magician to run at startup? Reasons?

Over Provisioning: Do you enable this? Why?

Rapid Mode: Do you enable this? Why?

Firmware Update: Do you bother doing a full backup before updating the firmware?

Thanks for any instruction or opinions.

Answer:Questions for Samsung Magician users

I'm glad you asked those question.
I can't give you answers but I do have a Samsung ssd coming and that information should be handy to all Samsung ssd users.

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Hello,

Running W10 pro on a desktop PC with two Samsung SSD EVO850 drives. Samsung Magician is installed and Over Provisioning is set on both SSD's. I have also set the OS Optimisation options and Rapid mode on the boot drive in Magician.

If I use CCleaner to disable Magician in the start up programs list, will I lose these apparent benefits, or can I safely disable Magician in Start Up programs?

Theory - I will seldom if ever use Magician after making these settings so it is merely wasting resources if it is just loading every time I start the PC for the heck of it.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Samsung Magician - Start up option

You'll be ok. It will just disable the system try icon from loading at startup. You will then just need to go to all apps menu if you need to open it, to do anything.

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downloaded samsung magician and installed it. it started up and apparently i need some sort of digitally signed driver now?

"program compatibility assistant"

"samsung magician application resource
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windows blocked installation of a digitally unsigned driver. uninstall the program that uses the driver, and control releasers website to get a signed version of the driver"

Answer:samsung magician need digitally signed driver

You don't need Magician for the drive to work just fine. You may not get all the advanced features, but the drive will be plenty fast.

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I had 91gb. free on 840 120gb. model but, after messing with the magician software and updating the firmware, I now have 79gb. free and I have no backups on the drive I keep an image backup on an external usb drive. Any help with this problem would sure be appreciated.

Answer:lost disc space while using samsung magician?

Entered trim cmd. and got it back!

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Samsung Magician can't recognize the SATA 3 and AHCI mode. When I checked the Event Viewer I got an error saying that "Magician SATA Reader fail". How to fix this? Is it because of drivers or hardware problem? Specs below.

Intel Core i7 6800K
Corsair H110i GT
Asus ROG Strix X99 Gaming
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (4x4GB) 3200MHz CMK16GX4M4C3200C16
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB
Seagate Barracuda 3TB
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downloaded samsung magician and installed it. it started up and apparently i need some sort of digitally signed driver now?

"program compatibility assistant"

"samsung magician application resource
samsung india software operations

windows blocked installation of a digitally unsigned driver. uninstall the program that uses the driver, and control releasers website to get a signed version of the driver"

Answer:samsung magician need digitally signed driver

You don't need Magician for the drive to work just fine. You may not get all the advanced features, but the drive will be plenty fast.

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For several months, I have had Samsung Magician 4.97 installed on my P70's Windows 7 and Windows 10  boot drives -- both are original Lenovo-suppled and installed 512 GB Samsung NVMe drives.  This utility offered limited functionality, simply recognizing the drives and allowing them to be benchmarked, tested and described but nothing else.  No ability to update firmware, adjust caching or over-provision the drives.  Moreover, Lenovo has previously not responded to my posted queries regarding how to update the firmware on these units, as they are out of sync -- one of the devices has a much older rev. level than the other and I dare not try to set-up a RAID array under these conditions. I was hoping the newly released Ver. 5.00 of Magician would remedy this.  However, circumstances have become worse, as the utility does not even "see" the two NVMe drives. Does anyone else have experience with 5.00 or a potential fix to the firmware update issue?  Any insights or opinions would be appreciated.  





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So I installed my new SSD, set up all my programs and files, and was having some trouble with discovering an ACHI drivers (which apparently cannot be achieved on my dell latitude model IDE ATA/ATAPI driver missing?)

Anyway after installing the Samsung Magician software to help optimize the SSD, it said that a firmware update was available, so upon updating I was rewarded with a BSOD after restarting. I became angry and did a system restore with my image disk and started over. This time in the samsung magician it said the firmware was already up to date so I didn;t think anything of it until today another BSOD. If I have to do another reinstall I will take my own life, so I hope someone can help me here.


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Answer:BSOD After Samsung magician (840 pro SSD) Firmware update

Do you use the DW1520 Wireless-N WLAN Half-mini card?
If so then it looks like the driver for it is the problem.

Do you have a spare HDD that you can use because I think the driver for it is incompatible with SSDs. I will need to double check.


Code:
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Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck A, {10, 2, 0, fffff80002ea4ec9}

Probably caused by : tcpip.sys ( tcpip!IppValidatePaths+71 )

Code:
fffff880`04a8f000 fffff880`04f12000 bcmwl664 (deferred)
Image path: \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\bcmwl664.sys
Image name: bcmwl664.sys
Timestamp: Fri Jan 07 08:05:56 2011 (4D26C964)
CheckSum: 0048C1C3
ImageSize: 00483000
Translations: 0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4
It doesn't mention compatibility with SSDs. I will keep looking. Here's the website anyway.

Driver Details | Dell US

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Just wanted to post a PSA warning for Firmware Updates through Magician, some are breaking SSD Drives, its been going on for at least a month with no resolution from Samsung yet except to RMA broken Drives which now stutter and Pause during use , apparently the Firmware can't be downgraded from my reading but I have not tried it personally ....

so DO NOT install the latest Firmware offered by Magician, especially on the latest 960 Evo or Pro Drives , without Checking the Samsung Forums 1st ..... they are having to RMA Drives currently broken by the latest 3B7Qxxxx Firmwares....
these firmware's are only available though Magician not from the Download site currently.

I don't personally have anymore Information for you , those "in the know" please add anything you can on the Matter, thx.

Memory & Storage - Samsung Community

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I installed the Magician. I did NOT get the Advanced tab on the Performance Optimization. Not sure what's up with that. Can't be bothered during the week, will look into it this weekend.

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Answer:Samsung Magician 4.6, 840 EVO Read Performance Fix Coming Later...

I don't have the Advanced tab on my Magician either.

My version is Product Version 4.5.1.0 & the File Version is 4.5.1.65. So far I have not received an update but it may come through soon.
I found the product Version by Right Clicking on the Magician short cut on my Desk Top & select Open File Location which should show the Samsung Magician Application, Right Click on that & select Properties then select the Details Tab & it will show the Version.

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I am getting "This program cannot be installed on Windows NT version 6.1 Service pack 5 or later." When I try to run the update for my Samsung 830 SSD. Is anyone else having this issue at all?

Answer:Samsung SSD Magician Software Version 3.2 error

same here.. i guess its not working for win8 yet..

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friends I'm installing a fresh samsung 840 120gb. i thought i could put the ssd on sata 1 [not zero] and get firmware via magician on my windows 8 lab mule. no dice. apparently magician ONLY wants to see the ssd on sata zero. it can pull up the drive, but none of the controls work.
soooo... I'm thinking I'm going to have to go with the drive 'as is' to install 7 on a notebook, then as first order of business go pickup the firmware update and execute it.

will this result in sub-par arrangement? best I can tell the fw update is non-destructive.
is there another way?

Answer:samsung ssd: will firmware update harm anything? magician no use.

friends i have a new samsung 840 to replace a failing drive in a hp notebook.
i wanted to update the samsung firmware first, then do the install of windows 7 x64 but using the samsung so-called Magician, trying the drive on sata 1 [instead of 0] it still cannot properly register the drive. all I get is the SMART info - everything else is neutered. illogical... how does samsung want to update firmware? AFTER the os is installed?
a little guidance would sure be appreciated.

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I installed Samsung Magician along with my new 850 EVO, and it was going great until I decided to DeFrag my secondary HDD. It says this:



This is even after uninstalling Magician.

Please help! I really want to get this working.

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I have an SSD with the Samsung Magician 4.9.5 software. I am a Windows Insider on the Fast Ring so you all know how often we get updates. Recently I opened this software to check that it was set up correctly, in the past there were things that would change on an update.
When I opened it up under the new build 14267 I saw this:

If you notice the Health Status is blank. Furthermore the state of "Smart" showed this:

This shows there are problems with the drive. I ran CrystalDisk and a few other programs and found out the drive was OK.

I then decided to rebuild the computer and go back to the last ".iso" build 10586 1511 (111215). I reinstalled Samsung Magician 4.9.5. and these were the results:
After the rebuild I haven't changed this to "Get Insider Builds" through windows update. I wanted to post this and see if others ran into this before I start the update process. I am going to try and narrow it down to the upgrade that broke this software.

Answer:Samsung Magician 4.9.5 - Not Working Win10 build 12467

This is why I don't use Insider on my main desktop but test it in vmware instead.

You could try uninstalling Magician, run ccleaner, then install 4.9 and then 4.9.5 over it. Magician is working fine for me in Stable Windows 10.

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I have an SSD with the Samsung Magician 4.9.5 software. I am a Windows Insider on the Fast Ring so you all know how often we get updates. Recently I opened this software to check that it was set up correctly, in the past there were things that would change on an update.
When I opened it up under the new build 14267 I saw this:

If you notice the Health Status is blank. Furthermore the state of "Smart" showed this:

This shows there are problems with the drive. I ran CrystalDisk and a few other programs and found out the drive was OK.

I then decided to rebuild the computer and go back to the last ".iso" build 10586 1511 (111215). I reinstalled Samsung Magician 4.9.5. and these were the results:
After the rebuild I haven't changed this to "Get Insider Builds" through windows update. I wanted to post this and see if others ran into this before I start the update process. I am going to try and narrow it down to the upgrade that broke this software.

Answer:Samsung Magician 4.9.5 - Not Working Win10 build 12467

This is why I don't use Insider on my main desktop but test it in vmware instead.

You could try uninstalling Magician, run ccleaner, then install 4.9 and then 4.9.5 over it. Magician is working fine for me in Stable Windows 10.

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Getting h/w encryption on my laptop has been a bit of a nightmare, but I thought I had it working.... Here is what I did:

Installed M.2 Samsung 850 evo driveInstalled samsung magician, and set Encryption to Ready to Enable.Removed existing HDDRan samsung secure erase from DVD.Installed Win10Installed Samsung Magician (It said Encryption enabled, finally!)Turned on Bitlocker. It did not prompt me for how much of the drive to encrypt, which (I was told) means that it is using hardware encryption of the drive.Added the HDD back.Updated all my drivers to latest versions for my laptop (Asus GL552VW), including Intel RST drivers (14.x)

After doing all that I just noticed that BitLocker is turned off on my C: drive (the m.2 drive)! I looked in Magician and it still says Encryption is enabled. So I went into Bitlocker to turn it on again for the drive. But now it is prompting me to encrypt used space, or whole disk, which means it isn't using h/w encryption.

What am I doing wrong here? Do I need to enable Secure Boot in BIOS? I have read that the Intel RST drivers can cause problems, but I thought that was only with older versions? Is IRST still an problem?

Edit: When I look in the Disk Management took, I see the C: partition of Disk 1 says: NTFS(Bitlocker Encrypted)., But in Bitlocker Drive Encryption tool it says it is off. Manage-BDE -status c: says that there is no encryption. Really confused now.

Answer:Bitlocker turned itself off, Samsung Magician Says Encryption enabled

There are a list of requirements for hardware based encryption here - doesn't look like secure boot is required: How to Enable BitLocker Hardware Encryption with SSDs Helge Klein




For data drives:
The drive must be in an uninitialized state.
The drive must be in a security inactive state.

If the drive is used as a startup drive the following apply additionally:
The computer must always boot natively from UEFI.
The computer must have the Compatibility Support Module (CSM) disabled in UEFI.
The computer must be UEFI 2.3.1 based and have the EFI_STORAGE_SECURITY_COMMAND_PROTOCOL defined.



I only use bitlocker with software based encryption though so can't add to what they say I'm afraid but some of the comments look interesting.

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Getting h/w encryption on my laptop has been a bit of a nightmare, but I thought I had it working.... Here is what I did:

Installed M.2 Samsung 850 evo driveInstalled samsung magician, and set Encryption to Ready to Enable.Removed existing HDDRan samsung secure erase from DVD.Installed Win10Installed Samsung Magician (It said Encryption enabled, finally!)Turned on Bitlocker. It did not prompt me for how much of the drive to encrypt, which (I was told) means that it is using hardware encryption of the drive.Added the HDD back.Updated all my drivers to latest versions for my laptop (Asus GL552VW), including Intel RST drivers (14.x)

After doing all that I just noticed that BitLocker is turned off on my C: drive (the m.2 drive)! I looked in Magician and it still says Encryption is enabled. So I went into Bitlocker to turn it on again for the drive. But now it is prompting me to encrypt used space, or whole disk, which means it isn't using h/w encryption.

What am I doing wrong here? Do I need to enable Secure Boot in BIOS? I have read that the Intel RST drivers can cause problems, but I thought that was only with older versions? Is IRST still an problem?

Edit: When I look in the Disk Management took, I see the C: partition of Disk 1 says: NTFS(Bitlocker Encrypted)., But in Bitlocker Drive Encryption tool it says it is off. Manage-BDE -status c: says that there is no encryption. Really confused now.

Answer:Bitlocker turned itself off, Samsung Magician Says Encryption enabled

There are a list of requirements for hardware based encryption here - doesn't look like secure boot is required: How to Enable BitLocker Hardware Encryption with SSDs Helge Klein




For data drives:
The drive must be in an uninitialized state.
The drive must be in a security inactive state.

If the drive is used as a startup drive the following apply additionally:
The computer must always boot natively from UEFI.
The computer must have the Compatibility Support Module (CSM) disabled in UEFI.
The computer must be UEFI 2.3.1 based and have the EFI_STORAGE_SECURITY_COMMAND_PROTOCOL defined.



I only use bitlocker with software based encryption though so can't add to what they say I'm afraid but some of the comments look interesting.

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Hi all,
I have a lovely Dell Precision T7600 that is still quite the beast. It's got a Samsung EVO 850 as the main OS drive. It boots up fine as I currently have cleared my RAID configuration and I will perhaps redo that at some point (it's not critical). Anyway, I want to run Samsung's Magician software but it can't see the drive...
Anyone else have this experience or these difficulties?

Answer:Dell Precision T7600 upgraded with Samsung EVO 850 SSD - Magician can't see drive

I have a PC with a Samsung EVO 850 (1 TB) and a Samsung EVO 840 (500 GB) and the Magician finds them without problems.  Actually, the Magician finds all the drives, SSD and conventional hard drive.
However, other than to check the "health" of the drives and firmware version, I don't find anything else useful.  There was a discussion about the Magician on the tenforums.com and that was the general consensus there.
However, the drive should be detected.  Are you using the latest Magician Version?  5.0.0
Two suggestions, run as "Administrator" (even if you are the Administrator) and if that doesn't work, uninstall the Magician program, RESTART THE PC, then reinstall it.

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Not sure why this happened, but got a BSOD when running the benchmark I've run several times before as I've tweaked my new build. Any insight that can be provided would be appreciated.

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Widespread bug FYI - https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/foru....cfm?t=2556634 - see UPDATE paragraph at bottom!
Just after I updated my Asus laptop from Windows 10 1511 to Windows 10 1607 (1 year anniversary update) a virus was detected by Windows Defender, so I immediately shut down and performed a reformat via Windows-10-install USB stick, as I was going to reformat anyway. I wish I noted down now what it detected because i've had an issue since.
Samsung Magician v4.9.7 now reports 'AHCI mode disabled/deactivated' and 'unable to detect SATA' (I use a Samsung 850 PRO SSD). After much testing, I found what makes it report this is when in my Asus laptop UEFI BIOS I have 'secure boot' enabled. When secure boot in BIOS is disabled, AHCI mode and SATA detect reports working normally again.
Screenshots:
Error - AHCI disabled/deactivated and SATA not detected/EUFI BIOS secure boot enabled - Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
No error - AHCI enabled and SATA detected/UEFI BIOS secure boot disabled - Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
Samsung driver not digitally signed error that began at same time - Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
I've tried many MBR fixes via command line via repair your computer when booting from Windows install USB but it seems after much reading that my UEFI laptop uses something different and I can't modify it?
I have secure boot enabled whenever the laptop might be online so it would have been enabled when the vir... Read more

Answer:Widespread AHCI issues in Samsung Magician since Win10 1-year update

I'm running the anniversary update with a Samsung 850 Pro and Magician 4.9.7, and I haven't had any issues whatsoever.

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windows 10 version 1607
after clean install ?
Samsung magician 4.9.7

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Widespread bug FYI - https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/foru....cfm?t=2556634 - see UPDATE paragraph at bottom!
Just after I updated my Asus laptop from Windows 10 1511 to Windows 10 1607 (1 year anniversary update) a virus was detected by Windows Defender, so I immediately shut down and performed a reformat via Windows-10-install USB stick, as I was going to reformat anyway. I wish I noted down now what it detected because i've had an issue since.
Samsung Magician v4.9.7 now reports 'AHCI mode disabled/deactivated' and 'unable to detect SATA' (I use a Samsung 850 PRO SSD). After much testing, I found what makes it report this is when in my Asus laptop UEFI BIOS I have 'secure boot' enabled. When secure boot in BIOS is disabled, AHCI mode and SATA detect reports working normally again.
Screenshots:
Error - AHCI disabled/deactivated and SATA not detected/EUFI BIOS secure boot enabled - Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
No error - AHCI enabled and SATA detected/UEFI BIOS secure boot disabled - Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
Samsung driver not digitally signed error that began at same time - Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
I've tried many MBR fixes via command line via repair your computer when booting from Windows install USB but it seems after much reading that my UEFI laptop uses something different and I can't modify it?
I have secure boot enabled whenever the laptop might be online so it would have been enabled when the vir... Read more

Answer:Widespread AHCI issues in Samsung Magician since Win10 1-year update

I'm running the anniversary update with a Samsung 850 Pro and Magician 4.9.7, and I haven't had any issues whatsoever.

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Widespread bug FYI - https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/foru....cfm?t=2556634 - see UPDATE paragraph at bottom!
Just after I updated my Asus laptop from Windows 10 1511 to Windows 10 1607 (1 year anniversary update) a virus was detected by Windows Defender, so I immediately shut down and performed a reformat via Windows-10-install USB stick, as I was going to reformat anyway. I wish I noted down now what it detected because i've had an issue since.
Samsung Magician v4.9.7 now reports 'AHCI mode disabled/deactivated' and 'unable to detect SATA' (I use a Samsung 850 PRO SSD). After much testing, I found what makes it report this is when in my Asus laptop UEFI BIOS I have 'secure boot' enabled. When secure boot in BIOS is disabled, AHCI mode and SATA detect reports working normally again.
Screenshots:
Error - AHCI disabled/deactivated and SATA not detected/EUFI BIOS secure boot enabled - Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
No error - AHCI enabled and SATA detected/UEFI BIOS secure boot disabled - Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
I've tried many MBR fixes via command line via repair your computer when booting from Windows install USB but it seems after much reading that my UEFI laptop uses something different and I can't modify it?
I have secure boot enabled whenever the laptop might be online so it would have been enabled when the virus alert popped up, so in theory the boot sector should have been protected?
So i'm not sure if I might have an i... Read more

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windows 10 version 1607
after clean install ?
Samsung magician 4.9.7

Answer:does samsung magician show ahci disabled with signed driver error on

Does on mine, even though speccy etc all show it being on, must be a magician error.

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I recently installed a Samsung 840 Pro MZ-7PD512 SSD into my W500 (product Id = 4058CTO, win 7 64bit).The 840 Pro is working perfectly with generic firmware, I think, but every time I run Samsung Magician it crashes with 'c0000005' during its initialisation. The Samsung firmware is normally installed via Magician.I raised a case with Samsung who pointed me to a Site where I could download the firmware which has to be installed as a bootable ISO. I used both Nero Express and Magic ISO to create DVDs but, in each case, when booting my W500 with these DVDs the process ended with the message 'panic: mcb chain corrupted'.Originally I installed the SSD and restored a Win7 image backup to it. So, thinking that the Samsung supplied copy utility may do the trick, I re-installed my old HDD and purchased a USB-SATA cable and attempted to use the Samsung copy utility to populate the 840 Pro. I tried this a number of times and all ended with 'Program not responding' sometimes annoyingly after getting to 100%. So I put the 840 Pro back in  and restored it from my Win 7 backup image. For both the Copy Utility and Magician I tried the version on the supplied CD and the latest version from Samsung's Web site.As I said, the 840 Pro is working perfectly but all my efforts to use the Samsung software have failed.I have done quite a bit of tolling the Net re this and have not found any answers - Magician appears to work fine for most people. Perhaps I should lea... Read more

Answer:W500: Samsung SSD Magician software crashing with exception code 'c0000005'

Have you tried using Acronis True Image (I use the free Western Digital version which works perfectly) to clone the old HDD onto the Samsung SSD?I have had no experience with the Magician software, but every cloning job I've done with Acronis has worked flawlessly.

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Hello:     After several issues with a Mushkin Chronos DX 480GB I finally returned it.Now I'm thinking in buying a Samsung 830 512GB SSD and it a 7mm disk, my question is if it's necessary to buy the notebook kit or not of this disk. Without notebook kit:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147165 With notebook kithttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147139 Thanks in advance.Regards. 

Answer:W520 and Samsung 830 SSD

It's only an adaptor anyway and the price is the same so give it a go anyway.If you don't need it you don't have to use it. 

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Hi all, I'm wondering if anyone has had any issues with it? I assume I need the mounting kit and I'm going to clone the drive with the USB cable.  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LF10KTE/ref=psdc_1292116011_t1_B00OBRFFAS All listed in the suggest buy section.  So a few questions: - Can the motherboard handle this drive? - Will I need to upgrade the bios or anything? I'm a novice and this sounds a little scary. - I assume I need the mounting kit?- Does this thing produce a lot of heat or is it easily effected by heat? My W520 alreardy seems to run at dangerously high temperatures. I even think it maybe responisble for the failure of my current drive. - Is there a way to easily get to the CPU so maybe I can blow some dust off it first?- Will a direct cloning method work? My current 500GB seagate is on the way out, I've managed to repeair it for now with their DOS tools and back it up, but I don't know if it can survive the extended use I'll need for the clone. Many thanks. EDIT: This is for my C: Drive in case there's an alternative.  













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Answer:Upgrade to Samsung Evo 1TB Pro on W520

Hello,
 
In response toy our questions:
 

I have used numerous 1TB SSDs from Crucial and Samsung in my ThinkPad X220, W510, W530 and T440p and haven't noticed any brand specific issues.  I cannot think of any reason the W520 would be any different.
It is always a good idea to have the latest firmware installed in the ThinkPad you are going to install the SSD into, and for the SSD itself.  The ThinkVantage System Update software should be run to check for the former, and the Samsung Magician software for the latter.  If you are starting out with a blank machine, I know that Lenovo does provide an .ISO file to burn to a CD/DVD with the firmware, and I'd imagine Samsung does something similar.
The mounting kit is used to install the 2.5" SSD into the 3.5" hard drive bay of a desktop.  The 1TB Samsung 850 Pro you linked to goes inside the W520's internal drive bay, located on the bottom of the unit below the keyboard.
The SSDs I have used to seem to generate some heat, but not as much as HDDs.
The ThinkPad W520 Hardware Maintenance Manual explains in complete detail how to take apart the ThinkPad for servicing.
Cloning generally works, but with ThinkPads I have found it necessary to install the new drive inside the ThinkPad's internal drive bay, and plug the old drive in via a USB adapter or in a tray that goes where the DVD is normally located.One thing to keep in mind is that recent versions of Microsoft Windows (Vista SP2 and later, I believe) w... Read more

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Hi,I use the above software to back up all my drivers,but when I try and direct the update wizard to the file or the disc with the backed up drivers on,it does not detect them.It seems the driver files are to small?Any ideas please

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I posted several messages with the errors I was receiving regarding trying to install an Intel 520 Cherryville 240 GB SSD in my W520 ThinkPad.  I was able to get the Intel 520 120 GB model to work, albeit slowly, but I was unable to move to the larger 240 GB model.  I thought the problem was the BIOS of the W520 (4270).  I was wrong. Today I was almost effortlessly able to install a 256 GB Samsung 840 Pro in my W520 (4270).  This is a larger and faster SSD than the Intel (newer too).  I would strongly recommend not using the Intel Cherryville 520 drives and using the Samsung instead.  I wasted many hours on this, and I am hoping to help other forum members save time and effort.  Neither Intel nor Lenovo was willing to investigate the issue, BTW.





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Answer:W520 (4270) Recommended SATA 3 SSD Samsung Pro 840

I have the same Samsung drive in my W530.  So far no issues.

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 I was curious how my Samsung 830 SSD has been performing after being in my W520 for 5 months. Here's the result of the latest benchmark run:
 

Answer:W520 + Samsung 830 512GB SSD 6-month performance

 Here's my 256GB Samsung 830.  I wonder why I'm getting so much better 512k write numbers. 





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I bought a Samsung SSD 850 EVO mSATA 1TB - my W520 does not see it. Is this device compatible with the W520's internal mSATA socket? And if not can I buy a mSATA controler? Thanks













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Answer:Thinkpad W520 - BIOS does not see mSATA Samsung SSD 850 EVO

Everything is working now - the drive was not seated properly

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Hi,i get my W520 last week with an normal SATA 500 GB Drive, at home i changed it to a Samsung Series 830 SSD SATA III (256GB) and install windows 7 64bit pro via recovery media. I was wondering, startup was taking very long .... from starting windows to the logon screen 1.45 minutes ... Now i tried a new recovery, same issue, tested the harddisk which is in good state. I changed back to the 500GB Drive, startup take only 30 seconds around.... Are there any known issues? Best Wishes Markus 













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Answer:Big Problems with Samsung Series 830 SSD SATA III (256GB) and W520

Your Samsung SSD might not compatible with your machine. Does it work good on another machine? By the way not that much peopel use Samsung SSD. I am thinking to buy a SSD for my machine too, I'd better get Crucial M4 or Intel. It seems people have less issues when they use these two kinds of SSD.





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Hello everyone. I'm having random problems with my new disk Evo 500 Samsung 840 Gb The error I get is, "2100: Error detection on hdd0".I searched the forum responses to this error and can not find a solution to the problem. Apparently this error is due to the compatibility dell disk controller which uses "Samsung 3-core MEX Controller" with the team (W520 82844DG). I do not know if this is true and if you have easy solutions.Some of you can provide me a solution or a hint to solve this problem Thanks.

Answer:W520 samsung ssd 840 evo 500Gb: 2100 Detection error hdd0

Have you been able to figure this out.  I'm looking to upgrade either to the Samsung SSD 840 Evo or the Crucial M500.  Please let me know if the Evo ended up working well for you.

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Trying to get as much input as I can before I do this.Installing a Crucial M4 128gig in the main HDD bay, and OS on it.So what have people here done and had results with ?I have the option of doing a clean/fresh install with a Win 7 disc orinstalling with the Lenovo Recovery discs I created.I have read many places many things. Concerns about recovery discs notaligning the SSD right. Or problems due to the Airbag proggy. Etc.Btw, I am NOT concerned with spending the time to install the drivers etc.with option A if it will work right.This SSD tech is so 'new' and evolving, I am tempted to stick with WD 7200rpm, butc'mon, I need the speed and performance. So help a brother out.....Thanks





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Answer:W520 New SSD Install - Fresh Install of Win 7 from Disc vs. Lenovo Recovery Discs

Good question. I like to know this as well....





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ive never had this issue before and installed a few SSD drives before including an 840 and 2x 840 EVO's (RAID) - when i get to setup it says it "was unable to create a new system partition"

anyone know why this is>?

its replacing an OCZ 60Gb which never had this issue?
its going in core=i5 p67 system

there is a HDD on SATA3_0 and EVO SSD on SATA3_1 and DVD on SATA2_0 and USB mouse, keyboard & printer

help

thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Win7 install on Samsung EVO 250Gb will not install on the drive?

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This system is stock Windows 7, and has resisted the incessant pestering to change to Windows 10. It is used solely for business. Most recently a Lenovo application wants to install (lenovo Service Bridge). This application is prohibited by policy, unauthorized information exchange, and I cannot find a way to permanently say "NO". How can I remove this nag permanently? Thanks in advance for any assistance. Mike 

























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Answer:W520 Service Bus install

hurricane, This occurs when you visit support.lenovo.com site, right?   Does it prompt when you are not on that site? I believe this is the detect feature on the support site.  What if you clear cookies in your browser, and then don't choose the option to "detect my system" when you visit the support site? Assuming so, perhaps this feature was used in the past.  You might check add/remove programs or apps and look for the LSB application and uninstall it if you don't want it.  When you first use the detect feature on the support site a pop-up displays which can be accepted or declined.  Within it is an explaination about how LSB works, how the data is stored on your system.  Here is the guidance provided to remove: "How do I remove Lenovo Service Bridge and the Data? You may remove LSB through the Uninstall functionality on your Lenovo device. This will remove the application from your device. You may also remove the cookie by deleting the cookie from within your browser.  If you wish to use LSB, but not accept its cookie, you must disable cookies within your browser." Hope this helps?

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hello, if i install either 32 or 64 bit from vmware, everything goes fine.  if i try to boot from the CD to install on a partition, it doens it's whatever file moving around, eventualy is says windows loading, and it end with a blue screen with error message saying the computer was stopped to prevent damage.  Is there something special that needs to be done to install xp?! thanks





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Answer:XP 32 or 64 bit on w520 wont install?!

i have a vague memory of needing to install xp with the bios sata mode set to "compatibility" rather than "ahci". have a look at your bios and maybe try that? if i'm having a "senior moment", someone will be along shortly to correct me.

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Hello Folks, right to now I can't install any driver on my W520.All began when I unistalled Cisco Virtual Adapter from device manager...  I noticed about that because I've tried to unistall every network device and I was faced with exclamation marks for all devices reinstalled.Only the restore point saves me.  The point is:I have to reinstall VPN Cisco Client; but he needs to install a network virtual adapter with its driver, so it systematically fails. I cannot format the PC 'cause I'm in mission in Brazil right now and I have not the resources.I'm unable to install WAN miniports drivers too... I have all drivers up to date. My operative system is win7.Tried to clean the register, looking for malwares, windows update, sfc /scannow... I hope you have the solution... I hope I am not the only person with such kind of trouble. Andrea   

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This pathetic piece of crap keeps telling me to install Nvidia driver and it tells me I have same version installed, after the restart, the same install appears as "critical".
 
Any ideas on how to fix this ?
 
This is besides the other problems you must know already: random restarts, choppy pointer, random pointer settings reset, burning-hot 1394 connector, noizes from the power connector, crappy microphone, low volume speakers, squeaky palmrest, randomly refuses to go into bios, etc.This is the most expensive and crappiest computer I hever owned.
 
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Ok, now it asks me to install some other 3rd party irrelevant app, can someone tell me if this is for real ? I hope I am infected with someting and Lenovo is not actually asking me to install this ...
 
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Answer:W520 keeps asking me to install Nvidia driver

I don't have a W520.  I have a W530. But the version shown on the Lenovo site for the W530's K1000M Optimus graphics is 9.18.13.1270, not 1269.  I wonder if there's just an error in some text somewhere which appears to be asking for the new version mistakenly noted as 1269, when it's really the 1270 package? As far as the Synaptics driver asking you to install something additional for you Android, just check the NO "I do not accept" box and continue. Certainly might be legit, but annoying of course to have vendors throw this crap at us in the middle of system updates. The Synaptics driver on the W530 is 16.2.19.13.  I don't know if that's also what you're seeing on your W520.  If you need to update that driver you have to move past this question, and clearly NO is the "right answer" here.

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Using the two pcix slots in w520 - can I install two mSata drives and perphaps even raid them? Thank you













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Answer:Can I install two mSata drives in a w520?

You can not. The W520 has only one full sized mSATA slot.

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I found this post and am having a similar situation. http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/Cannot-install-additional-memory-in-ThinkPad-W... W520, i7 processor, attempting to install additional memory, but everytime I put a stick in slot 2 or 3 (the bottom one under the keyboard, or the right slot on the bottom of the machine), I get a 1-3-3-1 beep code and the sytem will not start.  I can mix and match memory in the first two slots so I know the memory is good.  I have the most current BIOS installed.  I've looked through the user guides to see if I need to 'enable' those additional slots somewhere but don't see anything.  Called the tech support number, but they won't help as the system is no longer under warranty. One post I did see with the same situation, stated a dual-core processor will only handle two slots.....I do however have a quad-core. Any ideas?

Answer:W520 Cannot install additional memory

Is the memory all the same size and speed? I have read a couple of reports that talked about bad slots on this model, but I have never seen this myself. My guess is that you have a defective slot

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I have read a lot about this on the forum for T400/500 and in the instruction manual but can't still figure out how to insert my GSM sim card into my lenovo W520. my W520 has the Ericsson F5521gw pre-installed, so when I remove the battery as per instruction I see a tiny slot for the sim card, but there's not plastic tray to pull out and replace the sim card. I tried inserting the sim into the opening and the slot is bigger than my sim card. Do I need to have a special adaptor to place the sim card in? W520-4270CTO with Ericsson F5521gwSim card: GSM Rogers (Canada) Any help appreciated.

Answer:Can't figure out how to install the sim card into my W520

Hi
 
Welcome To Lenovo Community
 
 Please let us know which Sim card you are trying to insert in the SIM card Slot
I am suspecting you are using a micro Sim card. Please refer below picture and let us know
 

 
 
Also you may wish to check the Sim Card removal guide
 
http://support.lenovo.com/en_MY/product-and-parts/detail.page?DocID=PD014446
 
 
 
Hope This Helps
Cheers!!!
 
 
 
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I can't seem to get one driver that works for installing the sata raid driver during windows 7. does anyone have a link to a current driver? would REALLY appreciate it! 

Answer:w520 coreI7 f6 windows install

nothing?

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I have searched this and several other forums for answers to my problem.  I have a Lenovo W520 i7 12G Ram laptop with a new blank OCZ vertex 4 drive.  I can not get past the first reboot during the install.  Many times I can't get to the first
reboot.  I have tried all of the different video settings in the bios, I have updated the system bios, and generally tried everything I can come up with to no avail.  I have tried different versions of the OS (regular and enterprise both dated 8-15)
I have tried loading from DVD and USB, I have tried with no other drives in laptop, I have tried all SATA options in bios and all video options in bios.
Sometimes, it freezes immediately during the start of install with a slanted blue windows logo and a single dot at the bottom of the screen.  Sometimes I get up to 3 dots before it freezes.  In about 1 out of ten tries it will actually finish the
cd and restart.  Once I get here about half of the time I have a blank screen.  The other half of the time I get the slanted blue window but nothing else.  But in both cases, the CPU fan runs wide open.
I guess my questions are:
1. How close is the 8/15 download the 'to be released' OS?
2. Has anyone actually gotten W8 to run on this hardware config?  (After over 30 years of alpha and beta testing I would consider the current code to be a late alpha or early beta based on my experience)
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Hi,

I've just bought a new Lenovo W520 laptop. I separately bought a OCZ Vertex 3 120go SSD. When i'm trying to install Windows 7 professional 64bits. I get an error on the first reboot saying : Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. I've tried different Windows 7 Iso. But it still dosent work. Any Idea? The SSD and the BIOS both have the latest firmware.
Lenovo W520
Intel Core i7-2760QM 2.40GHz
12go ram
OCZ Vertex 3 120go SSD
OCZ Nocti mSata 60go
Nvidia Quadro 2000M

Answer:Unable to install Windows 7 on W520 with OCZ Vertex 3

Did you remove the original HD with the installed OS before trying to install Win 7 on the SSD?

Have you looked in BIOS to set the boot order to use the SSD before the HD?

Are you trying to install Win 7 by booting the DVD, or did you start the install from within Windows?

Are you using a valid and genuine Win7 ISO?

Is the "error on first reboot", a reboot during the install process, or after the installation is complete?

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Hi guys/gals, I am new to the board and just took delivery of my W520 (2720QM/8gigs/500gig/1000M) last night and I have already increased the RAM to 16gigs and plan on ordering a Crucial M4 128gig SSD for it soon.  While browsing this forum last night I already solved the issue with my Turbo Boost not working (after I flashed to BIOS version 1.25) by going back to BIOS 1.06.  I have also installed the ThinkPad fan control and have it set as ibmford suggested.  I don't game at all but I do prefer to keep my system as cool as possible.  I realize this may, over time, wear out my fan prematurely but I would rather replace a fan over prematurely frying a system component.   Anyway, I am basically experimenting with things right now and getting my software/drivers ready for when I do a clean install on my SSD drive.  My question is, what all do I NEED to know about doing a clean install on this thing?  I have done NUMEROUS clean installs on all sorts of systems before but never one that has as much power management stuff involved.  I know I need the latest Intel RST driver and have to load this during Windows 7 setup.  I also know that I will probably have to disable Intel's LPM.  Is there any special order I should install the drivers in?  I normally install the chipset driver first and then the graphics driver followed by sound and the network drivers.  Then I proceed installing whatever dr... Read more

Answer:W520 clean install Windows 7 x64 w/ SSD - questions

OK, I found -THIS- link for a clean install. However, I'm thinking about doing a UEFI BIOS/GPT partition. Do I have to do anything differently once I change over?  I know the fingerprint reader won't work correctly w/o doing the Lenovo published work-around found -HERE-, but is there anything else I should know? thanks!

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Hi. I recently got a W520 and I installed that nice little 80GB SSD drive from intel.I made recovery discs, (but also obtained the set from Lenovo since I thought I screwed up the recovery process). So I did the Recovery install to the 80GB hard drive, and it partitioned off a 15GB section for the recovery software.That's fine, I just reformatted it so I could use it for a few applications. (I have the discs, so I don't need the recovery partion.) However, I just got a message that says I'm running low on disc space. I set it to ignore the issue, but it got me thinking. There's about 8GB free on the OS partition. If I install other applications and save files to the factory 500GB drive, would I still run the risk of filling up that 8GB anytime soon with just user data? (I'll store music and pictures and what not on the 500GB drive.)  The other side to my question is; Would the disc set that Lenovo sent me allow for the option of a custom install such that it wouldn't partition off the recovery portion? Thanks for the help! I'm not all that knowledgable about these things, so forgive me if my question is naive.Thanks,Rk81  













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Answer:Clean Install on W520- Recovery Partition?

Not really.  The Lenovo Rescue and Recovery disk set is designed to put the machine back into a point in time factory state.  It isn't very flexible. If you want to control disk partitions and how they are used, you are better off doing a clean install.  Look closely at the location of the hibernation file and size, as well as the pagefile size and location. 

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Hi,I made a uefi clean install. After, I have this WEI score: Before, I had 6.7   





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Answer:W520 Clean Install Uefi - bad score Wei

domaxx wrote:Hi,I made a uefi clean install. After, I have this WEI score: Before, I had 6.7   I don't see a pic.

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Greetings.  I'm new to Lenovo and new to actually owning a ThinkPad, although not completely new to ThinkPads in general, since I used company-supplied ones when I worked for Big Blue (some time ago, now). Anyway, I just took delivery of my W520, and I'd like to get to a "clean" system by using a Win7(64)-Pro installation disk to partition the factory-configured HDD into three logical drives (C, D & E); then format the C-partion and install the OS.  Of course, immediately afterwords, I'll need to re-install all the device drivers, and optionally, I may re-install some of the Lenovo utilities (e.g., the color calibration app). My previous experience with other laptops (DELL) suggests this should be quite doable.  But if anyone knows of any reason why this would be inherently problematic with my W520, I'm all ears.  Assuming it's not inherently problematic, the first order of business would be to somehow obtain the aforementioned Windows Installation disk. Now, I know the Recovery Partition and related utilites provide the ability to create Recovery Media, but what I don't know is whether or not this ability includes creating a Win7 Installation disk, such that using it doesn't inevitably lead one down the road to re-creating the original factory-configured environment, with all its bloatware, etc.  I wonder about this because of a sentence in the User's Guide that said something like this: ?Recovery media can only be used to r... Read more

Answer:W520: Partition & Re-Format HDD and then Re-Install Windows 7

[edit] Forgot my manners.  Hello and welcome!
 
I don't have a "W", but most of what you want to do is straight-forward.
 
If you make a recovery media set using Rescue and Recovery, that will restore the entire hard drive to factory state.  There's no way (that I know of) to make "vanilla" media using a factory install.
 
Even if you don't want to use the recovery media for your "new" install, please burn a set ASAP - before touching your partitions.
 
You can download a clean MS install DVD image legally - and activate it legally using the Windows activation key that came with your laptop (on the bottom or in the battery compartment) as long as you are installing the same version that came with the machine.  Pro -> Pro, Home -> Home, etc.  You can activate either 32 or 65 bit with the same key.
 
Legal Resources for Downloading Windows 7
 
After a vanilla install, I'd recommend installing ThinkVantage System Update and using it to pull down the Lenovo drivers and apps.  That avoids having to find and install every piece by hand. You don't have to accept all of them.  You can do a selective install.
 
[edit] System Update 4.03, Installation instructions for System Update 4.03
 
Folks often want to do a "clean" install to avoid what they consider excess Lenovo "baggage".  I don't find most of the Lenovo stuff to be a problem, and it's easy to uninstall the few that I don't use.
 
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