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28 July 2009, 16:32

Intel X25-M G2 SSD defect causes data corruption

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Intel's X25-M G2 SSD drive.
Intel's X25-M G2 SSD drive.
Intel has confirmed a problem in its new 34nm X25-M G2 Mainstream SSD that could lead to data corruption on the 2.5 inch notebook solid state drives. According to a blog post by William George from OEM system builder Puget Systems, the new second-generation solid state drives (SSDs) have a defect with the initial "02G2" firmware that leads to data corruption if a password is set on the drive in the system BIOS and then changed or disabled. Initially Intel told George that the problem would require a complete reworking of the drives, however, Intel has discovered that a firmware change should rectify the problem. Customers who have already received the drives and don't plan to use a BIOS password shouldn't experience any problems, but are advised to update their firmware once it's released.

Intel has halted shipments to retail outlets until a firmware update is available, saying that "It made sense to pause shipments and implement the changes ourselves, versus asking consumers to do so". A firmware fix is expected to be available on Intel's Product Support page within two weeks.


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