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Old 10-27-2009, 07:36 PM   #1
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Default Intel Pulls 34nm SSD TRIM-enabled Firmware Due to Possible Bug

From our front-page news:
Earlier today, we posted a story which discussed both the TRIM command and also Intel's new SSD Toolbox software, which is what issues the command for operating systems that don't automatically support the feature. Today, however, Intel has pulled the firmware update due to initial reports that some users who upgrade have run into data corruption issues, which either renders the user's OS inoperable, or in some cases, causes issue with the drive's SMART information.

Intel's official stance is as follows:

"We have been contacted by users with issues with the 34nm Intel SSD firmware upgrade and are investigating. We take all sightings and issues seriously and are working toward resolution. We have temporarily taken down the firmware link while we investigate."


This isn't the first time the 34nm "G2" drives have suffered data corruption issues, which isn't helping the sales to say the least. The company's drives already have far lower sequential write speeds when compared to the competition (in favor of faster random writes, which is arguably much more important), so many users are considering other solutions over Intel's, such as Indilinx-based drives, which also support TRIM and haven't suffered such data corruption bugs in the past.

We're uncertain at the current time when the firmware will be re-posted, but if a bug is indeed found (and we expect that to be the case), then it may take a week or two before the latest version is posted. During our testing, we didn't run into any issues, so like the previous data corruption bug, this one likely has to do with a very specific setting or configuration. If you downloaded the firmware before it was pulled, play it safe and hold off on the upgrade.
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So, in a nutshell, wait until you are running W7 unless that is *now* & then maybe wait 6 months before getting a SSD ... expecting more TRIM bugs, yet to be discovered, are solved.
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So, in a nutshell, wait until you are running W7 unless that is *now* & then maybe wait 6 months before getting a SSD ... expecting more TRIM bugs, yet to be discovered, are solved.
Nah, this has nothing at all to do with TRIM. It's sure to be something regarding odd PC configurations. The last data corruption bug had to do with a password-enabled BIOS... totally random.
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From our front-page news:[INDENT]Earlier today, we posted a story which discussed both the TRIM command and also Intel's new SSD Toolbox software, which is what issues the command for operating systems that don't automatically support the feature. Today, however, Intel has pulled the firmware update due to initial reports that some users who upgrade have run into data corruption issues, which either renders the user's OS inoperable, or in some cases, causes issue with the drive's SMART information.
Don't ya just hate it when that happens?
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Intel just can't seem to get it right. First a product recall because of the BIOS password bug, then continued massive shortages and extremely high price gouging (160GB model still has a $200 price premium above MSRP even 3 months later), and lastly this latest issue.

Lets not forget to mention that Intel's own RAID drivers/software is still incompatible with TRIM and an updated version isn't expected for a couple months still... if someone is going to run an Intel RAID array then they're going to have to do without TRIM still.
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The price-gouging is ridiculous, and I have no idea why Intel isn't doing something about it. Of course they can't very-well control prices on certain sites, but they can certainly stop shipment of product to those companies. What's companies like Newegg going to do? Stop selling Intel product? Hah!
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