Intel Confirms, Replicates SSD Firmware Bug

Late last month, Intel released a firmware update for its second-generation 34nm X25-M solid state drive line that adds support for the TRIM command--which keeps SSDs operating at a higher level of performance.

Sadly, instead of getting performance benefits, some users running Windows 7 64-bit found that the firmware bricked their precious SSDs--definitely not the effect that anyone wanted.

Intel pulled the firmware following the failure reports. The chip giant today confirmed that it's been able to replicate the fatal flaw that has plagued users.

According to the Register, Alan Frost of Intel's NAND Solutions Group wrote: "Intel has replicated the issue on 34nm SSDs - X25-M - and is working on a fix."

It seems that Intel is asking for outside help to resolve this issue, as Frost added, "Intel is seeking direct feedback on this issue from members of the [Intel Support Community]... asking them to send their drives directly to Intel to expedite the analysis of the issues. This action will enable us to more quickly generate a resolution for this issue."

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  • doomtomb
    Intel has been slacking recently. Exorbitant prices and things that don't work, disregarding USB 3.0 as unimportant... wow... Intel needs to get slapped in the face right about now.
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  • doomtomb
    Intel has been slacking recently. Exorbitant prices and things that don't work, disregarding USB 3.0 as unimportant... wow... Intel needs to get slapped in the face right about now.
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  • Onyx2291
    Oh man that sucks to have that bricked. Unfortunate for an update like that would cause that. I don't have one but hope a fix comes up soon.
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  • El_Capitan
    I've been commenting since forever that Intel's X25-M is an overpriced piece of dud that for some reason OEM's only use for SSD's. Crucial's M225 series and Corsair's P series are the ones to get.

    Too bad every distributor out there is rising their SSD prices for Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving), so that when they go on sale, they get back to the already pricey $350 pricetag. No illusion, check out all the prices, SSD's for 128GB are hitting $450, when just 7 months ago they were at $280.
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