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.