Intel SSD update bricks drives

October 29, 2009 // 10:24 a.m.

Tags: #intel #intel-firmware #intel-ssd #ssd #ssd-firmware #trim-firmware #x-25m #x-25m-firmware-update #x-25m-windows-7

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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