Intel provides generic versions of drivers for general purposes.
Your computer manufacturer may have altered the features, incorporated customizations, or made other changes to your driver.
Intel recommends you contact your computer manufacturer for the latest system specific updates and technical support information.
As always, we'll note that firmware updates are generally non-destructive, but can sometimes adversely affect your data.
While these Intel updates will specify if they are destructive, step number one with updating firmware is always to backup important data just to be safe.
Having completed this step, it was time for us to move on to running the client.
Intel consistently releases firmware updates to their SSDs just as others in the space to correct issues that may arise with operation, and perhaps more importantly for consumers, to occasionally deliver even greater performance and reliability to their SSDs.
Intel has an advantage in the space by engineering some of their components in-house such as their NAND and enterprise controllers, and when you couple this with their vast industry knowledge, experience and their IP (intellectual property), Intel is a robust machine for producing SSDs.
Almost all of those SSDs can be upgraded with a single application that Intel provides here called the Intel SSD Toolbox.
With it, users can update the Intel SSD 520, Intel SSD 335, Intel SSD 330 or pretty much any other SSD they offer.
For the purposes of this guide, we're updating an Intel SSD 335 Series.
We downloaded the Intel SSD Toolbox, and got started.
If you select an Intel SSD, you can utilize the Intel SSD Optimizer, perform diagnostic scans, run the firmware updates and execute a Secure Erase.(However, in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, Intel doesn't support Secure Erase.) There is an icon that pops up on the Firmware Update button if an update is available, as seen above.
Now, at this point, we had already backed up our data onto another SSD.