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SiliconWizard:
Just asking for opinions here (although mine at the moment just seems to be: "if it ain't broken, don't fix it".)

In one workstation, I have two SAMSUNG SSDs, one 960 PRO NVMe (512GB), the other 860 EVO SATA (1TB).
The SAMSUNG Magician software shows an update available for both firmwares.

Is there any objective risk of updating? Any risk of data loss? Anyone has any experience doing that?

ejeffrey:
Unless they have a changelog saying what is fixed and those apply to you I wouldn't update.  I always consider it a risk, most devices these days have fallback firmware and/or mechanisms to prevent partial or corrupted firmware updates, but I agree if it isn't broke don't fix it.  As far as I remember I have never updated firmware on any storage device.

SiliconWizard:
My thought as well. The only time I updated a HDD firmware was a pretty long time ago on a HDD, and it was meant to fix a bug that could potentially corrupt data. But other than that, nope.
I haven't found a proper changelog for those updates... I think they are supposed to improve performance, from some unofficial info. But yeah, the drives just work fine, so I will most likely not bother.

I was just curious to know about people who would have done it on similar SSDs. Just to get some feedback.

RoGeorge:

--- Quote from: SiliconWizard on June 18, 2021, 04:42:58 pm ---Just asking for opinions here (although mine at the moment just seems to be: "if it ain't broken, don't fix it".)

In one workstation, I have two SAMSUNG SSDs, one 960 PRO NVMe (512GB), the other 860 EVO SATA (1TB).
The SAMSUNG Magician software shows an update available for both firmwares.

Is there any objective risk of updating? Any risk of data loss? Anyone has any experience doing that?

--- End quote ---

There's always a risk, it depends.  I have a Samsung SSD 850 PRO 512GB, also NVMe, and updated it a couple of years ago, only weeks after I bought it.  I was using Samsung Magician and a Win10 machine back then, and it all went fine.  For me the update went OK, the old FW was working fine before the update, and apparently still works OK after the update.  That firmware was dealing with some speed loss when the disk was mostly full, but nothing noticeable without a benchmark.

What is the current FW update trying to fix or improve?

SiliconWizard:

--- Quote from: RoGeorge on June 18, 2021, 05:25:57 pm ---What is the current FW update trying to fix or improve?

--- End quote ---

Problem is, I don't know for sure. If anyone knows where the changelogs can be found...

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