USB3-SATA-UASP1 Sleep and Large Volume Firmware Update

This article is no longer relevant. Please see our firmware update page here.

Customers purchasing the USB3-SATA-UASP1 can take advantage of a firmware update with the following features:

  1. Improved support for 512e “Advanced Format” drives 2 TB and above.
  2. Spin down disks after 10 minutes of inactivity, resume on access.
  3. Spin down disks on system sleep, resume on system wake.

Firmware version 121026910000 avoids drive sleep and spin down to eliminate issues with inaccessible volumes, however customers may prefer the sleep features available on firmware 130107917d00.  Almost all units of the USB3-SATA-UASP1 that have shipped to date already have this update applied.  Only if you are noticing that your drives stay running after your system sleeps or during extended (over 10 minutes) periods of inactivity is this update relevant.

For OS X users, please note that a Windows PC or Virtual Machine (VM) is required to update- updating firmware on the USB3-SATA-UASP1 is not supported for OS X.  Mac users can email support@plugable.com to make alternate arrangement if they are unable to access a friend, neighbor, or library Windows PC to complete this update.  Again, please note that this update is only relevant if you are noticing that your drives stay running after your system sleeps or during extended (over 10 minutes) periods of inactivity.

To check the firmware version on your dock, just run the utility below:

ASMedia FW Version Check

To update the firmware on your USB3-SATA-UASP1, use the update utility and instructions below:

USB3-SATA-UASP1 Firmware V130107917d00

  1. Double click the “UASP1-130107.exe” update utility.
  2. If prompted by User Account Controls, select yes. USB3-SATA-UASP1-UAC
  3. Check to see that your U3 is listed by the update utility as pictured here, and press start:
    usb3-sata-uasp1FW
  4. After upgrading verify that firmware version 130107917d00 is reported by the update utility.

Please let us know if you have questions or run into issues by posting below, or shoot an email to support@plugable.com.

11 comments on “USB3-SATA-UASP1 Sleep and Large Volume Firmware Update”

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  2. Steven Dubec Reply

    The article doesn’t mention where to get Firmware version 121026910000 if customers prefer to not have the sleep features. Could you please provide that link? Thanks.

    • Jeff Everett Jeff Everett Reply

      Hi Steven-

      Thanks for posting!

      Because it is not recommended for most users to disable drive spindown, we do *not* distribute this firmware publicly, however we’ve emailed you a link to download it in private. Any other users interested in firmware 121026910000 can email support@plugable.com

      Best wishes-

      Jeff Everett
      Plugable Technologies

  3. Ash Reply

    Hello, My device currently has firmware v 130107917d00, Is there any newer firmware than his?

    • Joshua Henry Joshua Henry Reply

      Hello Ash,

      Firmware version 130107917d00 is the latest version available at this time.

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  5. ZIM Reply

    Is the drive spinning down after 10 SECONDS of inactivity one of the “FEATURES” of this firmware. I am using this with my Plugable USB 2.0 dock on Windows 8.1 Toshiba Encore and the drive goes to sleep after 10 SECONDS, its ridiculous.

    • 8bar Reply

      @ZIM I had the exact same 10 second spin down problem with Windows 10 and Surface Pro 4. Tried to fix it by going to the Windows Power Options Advanced settings, but there was no Hard Disk or USB settings options, like there used to be in Windows 7!

      Turns out, they are hidden by default, and can be turned back on using this Regedit tweak:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power, then change the value of the CSEnabled key from 1 to 0 and restart.

      Then in (Power Options/Advanced settings) I set:
      Hard Disk/Turn off hard disk after/Plugged in: to never
      USB settings/USB selective suspend settings/Plugged in: to Disabled

      Now the drive only spins down after the 10 minute interval controlled by the docking station. I don’t know if I needed to change both of those. Maybe just one would have done the job.

  6. Dale Reply

    Is it possible to have the firmware so the drive just goes to sleep as per windows power settings, sleep, shutdown, idle etc. Instead of the built in 10 minutes?

    • Gary Zeller Reply

      Hi Dale,

      Thanks for posting the question!

      At this time there isn’t a way to have the enclosure pass through a spin-down request per the Windows power settings.

      I’ll add it to the suggestions list and we’ll explore this possibility during our next firmware upgrade cycle. If anything changes regarding this, we’ll certainly put up a blog post about it as well as update the information on our hard drive dock firmware update page:
      http://plugable.com/drivers/hddockfirmware

      Thanks!
      Gary

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