Updating Intel SSD (X18-M in my case) using USB Flash Drive

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problem: updating an Intel SSD (e.g. X18-M) using an USB Flash Drive

solution: download the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool and the latest update from intel.
Now make your flash drive bootable with the HP tool and select the content of the Intel update (e.g. mount it using Daemon Tools or similar) as boot content. Then copy the rest of the content of the Intel update to the flash drive (iSSDFUT.exe,...).
Finally change (if not already in that mode) the SATA mode to AHCI in the BIOS. Now boot the flash drive. Run

iSSDFUT.exe

After reboot change the SATA mode back to the original one.

notes: I installed the HP tool on Windows 7. After starting the HP tool using "Run as Administrator" everything worked fine.

During investigation I often forgot to change the SATA mode back to IRRT (in my case). Interestingly Windows 7 still booted, but prompted me to perform system recovery - which of course failed :). After changing the SATA mode back to IRRT everything worked fine again.

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