Samsung tells M.2 NVMe SSD firmware updaters "Download Limit Exceeded. We apologize for your inconvenience." Seriously?
Trying to go here:
to get to the direct download URL here:
for the latest Samsung 960 PRO M.2 NVMe SSD firmware download, and instead of access to the ISO file, I get redirected to
Download Limit Exceeded
We apologize for your inconvenience
Please try again within 24 hours
There is a daily limit on the number of this software.
Unfortunately, the download limit for the day has been reached, please try again within 24 hours.
We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused you. Thank you.
Admittedly, I run VMware ESXi, an enterprise product. These SSDs are consumer drives. So Samsung reasonably expects you to have something like Windows or Mac OS to run Magician from, which would make these firmware upgrades easier.
But I want to document the upgrade procedure for VMware purists, who would rather simply boot from an ISO to get this sort of update accomplished safely, rather than have to build a separate Windows install on another drive just to run Magician once in a long while.
I've thoroughly enjoyed my Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2 NVMe drive for the past 17 months, and my Samsung 960 EVO 1TB is working quote nicely these past 2 months of the latest firmware. Samsung does great 3D NAND, with performance ahead of the rest, listen here. Intel seems intent on trying to catch up from their late M.2 NVMe start with seductive lower prices, see the SSD 600p Series at a recent NYC VMUG, and review at PC Perspective.
No, not really. I'm just hoping Samsung fixes their darn web site limitations soon.
Gladly, I haven't had to request any sort of support on any of my Samsung SSDs once they're operational, and I'd still buy these Samsung 950 and 960 drives if I had to do it all over again, at least today anyway.
I was finally able to get the
Samsung_SSD_960_PRO_2B6QCXP7.iso file downloaded on May 5, and was able to create bootable USB media from it, to flash my Samsung 960 PRO firmware to version 2B6QCXP7.
It looked exactly like the Samsung 960 EVO process, other than the exact version number. It does seem to have fixed my [drive disappearance problem](Samsung 960 PRO/EVO/SM961 M.2 NVMe SSD disappearance-after-reboot-or-bios-change workaround is to power cycle, bug fixed in PRO/EVO firmware 2B6QCXP7/2B7QCXE7).
My 960 EVO and PRO drives continue to work very well. See also:
Where to buy your Samsung 960 EVO or PRO M.2 NVMe SSDs, featuring the latest ordering and availability info
Nov 30 2016, last updated Jan 15 2017
- World's fastest consumer SSD - Samsung 950 PRO M.2 NVMe benchmark results
Nov 07 2015
- Samsung now has a daily download limit for their Magician software (The software used for Secure Erase on Windows/0