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Intel SSD update bricks drives

Intel SSD update bricks drives

The new firmware - dubbed TRIM - promised 40 percent speed boosts, but has left some Windows 7 users without a working SSD.

A firmware update designed to improve performance on Intel SSDs has been pulled by the company following reports that it resulted in unusable devices for some Windows 7 users.

As reported over on Engadget, the SSD Toolbox - and the 02HA 'TRIM' firmware update which came with it - promised to improve performance of Intel's X-25M solid-state drive by up to 40 percent, and was welcomed by users with open arms. Sadly, users soon started reporting that their devices had suddenly gone away as a result of updating to the new firmware.

It soon became apparent that all those affected by the bug were running Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 7. As a precaution, Intel has removed both the toolkit and the updated firmware from its website pending an investigation into exactly what appears to be causing the issue.

A message on Intel's website states that the company has "been contacted by users issues with the 02HA firmware upgrade on Windows 7 systems" and reassures users that the removal of the performance-boosting firmware is merely "temporary."

So far there doesn't appear to be a resolution for those who have already attempted to apply the update and found themselves left with an unusable drive, although users are being encouraged to get in touch with Intel on the official support forums.

Are you shocked that an update would go out without apparent testing on Microsoft extremely popular new operating system, or was this an unavoidable glitch that Intel cannot be blamed for? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Pushpop 29th October 2009, 12:05 Quote
thank for your information i was also searching for this type of information
pizan 29th October 2009, 14:07 Quote
I saw this yesterday. Good thing too because I was about to install one last night with a switch to win7pro 64 and also update firmware.
chrisb2e9 29th October 2009, 14:45 Quote
I'm protected, no ssd or win7!
Kyocera 29th October 2009, 14:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by chrisb2e9
I'm protected, no ssd or win7!

Oh, get a grip. Or a stone tablet.
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2009/10/29/intel-ssd-update-bricks-drives/1

An update for Intel's X-25M SSD range - designed to boost performance by up to 40 percent - has caused issues for those running Windows 7.

Only a very small percentage of them got problems.

This is what you get, if you nest with Microsoft. (without an insecticide).
identikit 29th October 2009, 15:19 Quote
Please stop using the word 'bricked'. TIA
alpaca 29th October 2009, 18:32 Quote
is it only me that thinks 40% increase is somehow too good to be true?
i have the feeling that if there was a way to make an ssd 40% faster, they would have implemented it from the beginning...
Slavedriver 29th October 2009, 19:53 Quote
Actually they did it wrong from the beginning thus 40% boost is plausible.
Star*Dagger 29th October 2009, 21:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by chrisb2e9
I'm protected, no ssd or win7!

No you just have to stop playing PC Games or the modern OS that would help you enjoy your investment more.

Fail, next!
ShRT 30th October 2009, 00:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisb2e9
I'm protected, no ssd or win7!

No you just have to stop playing PC Games or the modern OS that would help you enjoy your investment more.

Fail, next!

No plasma?

What game have you seen that has win7 as a requirement?
leexgx 30th October 2009, 00:33 Quote
bricked SSD, ok its an flat Brick then that better ? as its dead once the update has been done
ZERO <ibis> 30th October 2009, 02:41 Quote
It now runs so fast you computer can not even run it!
TWeaK 30th October 2009, 23:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by identikit
Please stop using the word 'bricked'. TIA

I think 'bricked' is an appropriate technical term. Just like 'stuff'.

Seriously.
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