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Intel Pulls X25-M G2 TRIM Firmware Update

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 28 comments

Intel has pulled the firmware update for the X25-M SSD.

Just one day after Intel released a firmware update for its second-generation 34nm X25-M SSD, Intel has decided to temporarily pull the TRIM update and the associated SSD Toolbox software. Various reports on the Intel Support Community indicate that the firmware was bricking drives under Windows 7 rather than providing the promised 40-percent speed boost.

"Just did the firmware update and it hosed my Windows 7 installation," writes one forum user. "The updater showed a successful firmware update.  Initially the computer booted just fine, but once I was within Windows it installed some drivers and asked for a reboot.  That's when the trouble started.  Now the drive won't boot Windows 7 anymore.  I don't know if it's a Dell problem or Intel problem. The Dell BIOS claims a SMART error. I have a Dell XPS 8000."

Engadget contacted Intel to find out if the reports of the company pulling the firmware were accurate. "Yes, we have been contacted by users with issues with the firmware upgrade for our 34nm SSDs and we are investigating," Intel stated. "We take all sightings and issues seriously and are working toward resolution. We have temporarily taken down the firmware link while we investigate."

For now, the firmware update is still offline. Consumers who have purchased the X25-M SSD--and have not currently updated the firmware--obviously should hold off until Intel releases another update.

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    Greg_77 , October 27, 2009 11:36 PM
    X-35-M? Did I miss a news update?
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    Anonymous , October 27, 2009 11:37 PM
    But for other users the update is working fine?
    Might be compatibility issues!
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    amdgamer666 , October 27, 2009 11:43 PM
    Wow Intel is 2/2 for screwing up firmware updates. At least they're decent enough to catch their mistakes, admit fault, and rectify them
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    Anonymous , October 28, 2009 12:20 AM
    I updated mine yesterday in XP and I am not having any issues.
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    thejerk , October 28, 2009 12:25 AM
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    Shadow703793 , October 28, 2009 12:47 AM
    fneunerI updated mine yesterday in XP and I am not having any issues.

    It's a Windows 7 related problem. It doesn't affect XP/Vista AFAIK.
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    jisamaniac , October 28, 2009 1:10 AM
    ID10T error from Intel again.
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    kirvinb , October 28, 2009 1:18 AM
    Knock on wood..I have installed the new firmware and hasn't had any problems as of yet. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with the 80gb vs 160 gb drives. I have 2 80 gbs drives though. Hopefuly never! And I have Windows 7 Pro installed.
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    techguy378 , October 28, 2009 2:28 AM
    Why is everybody having so much trouble with TRIM support in Windows 7? This feature does work. Microsoft didn't have any trouble with it in their labs. This really isn't that hard to do.
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    El_Capitan , October 28, 2009 2:44 AM
    For those that put a thumbs down on my last post about the Intel X-35m... haha.
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    belardo , October 28, 2009 4:49 AM
    But But Intel never ever screws up.

    It must be a lie by the mainstream media!
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    Anonymous , October 28, 2009 5:06 AM
    I installed it yesterday, no problem(win7 x64/debian linux). I wonder how bricked it actually is for these people, can they see/mount the disk with a linux live cd.
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    kashifme21 , October 28, 2009 7:29 AM
    i have 2 80gbs.. i updated the firmware yesterday.. no problem at all. running on vista 64, however my drives are setup in a raid. So Trim wont work :( 

    i wonder when a solution will be out for this.
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    notty22 , October 28, 2009 7:35 AM
    Them be the MOST EXPENSIVE bricks in the World !
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    masterasia , October 28, 2009 12:56 PM
    My Windows 7 Pro RTM is still running good after the update. Can I roll back the update by flashing it with the previous update?
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    zads , October 28, 2009 3:29 PM
    Yet more reasons why you shouldn't upgrade anything right when its released, or if you don't really care about stability.
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    Dkz , October 28, 2009 4:10 PM
    jisamaniacID10T error from Intel again.

    I don't think that this is an "ID10T error" compatibility issues are hard to detect until you hit the market with the product and its already too late. I mean how can they possibly test in all the configurations that are out there to pick from? Good enough if they find a solution to their own mistakes within a couple of days.
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    se7envii , October 28, 2009 7:24 PM
    Having no problems on my end. Have Windows 7 Ultimate x64 along with the 80GB X-25M (G2) and the firmware update worked fine. Updated the firmware before I heard any news about possible bricking.
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    apache_lives , October 28, 2009 8:25 PM
    This is intel, its more likely there "bad" firmware is still more solid then most other manafacturers
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