Since I was not happy with the instructions given on Samsung website, I thought, I write my own. Here is it.
Please read also the firmware chapter of the FAQ since additional information is provided there.
1. Obtaining firmware
Get the firmware for your drive from Samsung official support websites:
[li]http://www.samsungodd.com/eng/Firmware/FWDownload/FWDownload.asp(english)[/li][li]http://www.samsungodd.com/kor/Firmware/FWDownload/FWDownload.asp (korean)[/li][li]http://www.samsungodd.com/rus/Firmware/FWDownload/FWDownload.asp(russian)[/li][/ul]If you can’t find the firmware for your drive, try one of the other sites mentioned here.
Formerly, Samsung provided firmware and flash utility as separate files to download (I’ll call it “classic” furtheron). Newer firmware releases contain both in a self-executing (ZIP) archive (I’ll call it “all-in-1” furtheron). So your download is either some .exe or a .bin file, depending on the firmware version.
If you got a .bin file, you can get the flash utility - SFDNWIN - from here: sfdnwin.exe download.
Users of Vista and Win7 should use TSDNWIN instead: tsdnwin.exe download. Tsdnwin also works with XP and Windows 2000.
Put it into the same folder as your firmware .bin files.
2. How it works
Both - the classic and the all-in-1 - work basically the same way:
- [li]Run flasher[/li][li]load firmware[/li][li]flash firmware[/li][li]reboot
The all-in-1 package extracts sfdnwin.exe (the flasher) and autorun.bin (the firmware file) to C:\Temp. If this folder does not exist, then it will be created. Administrative permissions are required.
2.1 Run Flasher
Run the executable you downloaded, either the all-in-1 package as shown here
Now select the drive you want to flash
The flash utility is ready then.
2.2 Load firmware
Klick on the “load file” button
and browse for the firmware file you want to flash into your drive. If you used the “all-in-1”, then “autorun.bin” will be offered by default (*):
2.3 Flash firmware
Klick on the “download” button to start the firmware update process:
Then you have to wait and watch the progress bar until the process is finished
After clicking on “OK”, your system will be rebooted immediately.
Official instructions for using the “One-Click” Method can be found on SamsungODD website: http://www.samsungodd.com/eng/Firmware/FWDownload/FW1.htm
- Strange things happen, if you also have .bin firmwares near the “all-in-1” package:
- [li]If there is a folder named “bin” containing firmwares, then the flash utility shows these as default instead of autorun.bin. This occurs if the flasher has been started previously and the files in C:\Temp exist. [/li][*]If there is a .bin firmware in the same version as the “all-in-1” in the same directory, then the .bin file is deleted provided the filenames are the same apart from the extension