Intel releases firmware fix for 34-nm SSDs

Well, it didn’t come last week as Intel suggested, but it’s out now—Intel has publicly released a new firmware revision that fixes a data corruption issue with its second-generation, 34-nm solid-state drives.

You can grab the firmware update tool right here at Intel’s Download Center. To update an existing drive, Intel says you’ll need to burn the updater ISO image to a CD-R (InfraRecorder and ImgBurn should help with that), then boot off the disc and run the updater from there. You can read detailed instructions in PDF format here.

As we’ve already reported, the first batch of Intel’s 34-nm SSDs suffer from a firmware bug. Most users probably wouldn’t notice, unless they happened to set a BIOS drive password then either change or disable that password. Doing so renders the contents of the drive inaccessible, at least with the stock firmware.

By the way, Intel’s instructions say you’ll need to disable BIOS drive passwords for the updater tool to do its job. In other words, if you’re in the precarious position of having already set such a password, you’ll want to back up your data to a safe location first.

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    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 13 years ago

    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…

    What is wrong with snakeoil?

    I don’t know… Maybe first, there is no such thing as snake oil?

    §[<<]§ - that might explain some things... §[<<]§ - really great stuff! *rolling eyes* §[<<]§ - is that you? §[<<]§ - oh god! Stop! STOP! I have read too much! snakeoil is really snake oil!

    • oldDummy
    • 13 years ago

    This must be what forced the price of older 50nM Intel drives to drop.
    It comes with a 2.5 to 3.5 adaptor now.

    Might get another one.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    Nothing is wrong with Intel.

    • thermistor
    • 13 years ago

    One other observation…Intel has to quit going to the ‘turbo’ well so often. i5/i7 has ‘turbo mode’ where clock speeds are dynamically adjusted, combined with turbo boost, this could be right out of Knight Rider, complete with sound effects.

    • thermistor
    • 13 years ago

    #12, et. al. The Windows Vista name for using a thumb drive is “Readyboost” – this does more to augment system memory. I guess it was important when memory prices were sky-high than now.

    There’s also flash memory modules that Intel called Robson Technology, with the trade name Turboboost.

    Both work in tandem to mask mechanical HDD latency, with varying degrees of success. Now that SSD’s are here and DDR2/DDR3 memory is dirt cheap, it is unknown, at least to myself, if these technologies even have a future.

    • wesley96
    • 13 years ago

    Uh… SSD *is* made up of flash memory. The ‘Solid State’ refers to banks of flash memory chips. In other words, putting SSD into HDD is the same thing as putting flash memory into HDD.

    • DaveJB
    • 13 years ago

    They already tried something similar to this – the result was ZERO improvement in performance, with the only benefit being a roughly 5-10% increase in battery life for notebook users. Moreover, the sheer complexity of such a drive (5GB would be nowhere near enough – you’d need more like 32GB for Windows Vista or 7) would make it more expensive than just buying a separate SSD and storage drive.

    I suggest that next time you go down to Intel and suggest ideas to them, you withhold from sniffing glue beforehand. That way you might come up with a sensible idea someday.

    • conjurer
    • 13 years ago

    first, is 5 GB of ssd enaugh?
    second, why put two devices on one sata 2 link?
    and third: what should i do if hdd par crashes? Should i stay with clinging ssd?

    • derFunkenstein
    • 13 years ago

    Intel user: get a real hard drive?

    • snakeoil
    • 13 years ago

    im not talking about flash memory, i talk about an small high speed ssd drive in the same package of the conventional hard drive, maybe using two sata ports.

    • JrezIN
    • 13 years ago

    This was announced as the future and so on…. but it never really catch up. First, Flash memory didn’t evolve in speed so fast as it evolved in storage space, secondly, it would still require a somehow powerful controller to do the job, also, current SSD companies would not be interested as they would depend on HDD companies patent portfolio (and would probably be only a supplier, instead of a vendor…)…

    ..besides that, it may have some benefits (more for virtual memory and some system files), but would not have battery/power benefits, real access time benefits…. and so on…

    …the idea you’re talking about still lives, somehow, in Windows Vista and Windows 7 when you do use an usb flash drive to “speed up the system”…

    • KyleSTL
    • 13 years ago

    Don’t buy them!!! The almight Steve has not sanctified them. Once they are decreed to be righteous they’ll be available in the infallable Macbook Pros as an option for a reasonable $1500.

    • DrDillyBar
    • 13 years ago

    Did intel mention when they will start selling these again?

    • eitje
    • 13 years ago

    it would NOT be an SSD killer.

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    Umm, what about apple users ?! i feel like your post is missing something..


    • StashTheVampede
    • 13 years ago

    hilarious troll is still a troll.

    • 5150
    • 13 years ago

    Seriously, why is this guy still around? Don’t you have town hall meetings to disrupt?

    • Sargent Duck
    • 13 years ago

    I wouldn’t like that either.

    I’ll take my SSD and HDD’s seperate.

    • gtoulouzas
    • 13 years ago

    They were pulled from the market, subsequent to the discovery of the bug. I suppose they’ll start shipping them again, soon enough. Greek computer chains have commercial availability pegged for mid-September.

    • snakeoil
    • 13 years ago

    why expensive ssd drives?
    think about this, conventional hard drives manufacturers should add a small internal ssd drive lets say 5 gigabytes or so, this way it would be a hybrid hard drive, on the ssd part would install the system and virtual memory.
    lets say 2 terabytes in conventional hard drive and 5 gigabytes in ssd in the same package.
    but this would be the ruin for intel, so don’t tell anybody, ok (specially seagate).

    this hybrid hard drive would be an ssd killer.

    whats wrong with intel?

    • 5150
    • 13 years ago

    Are these drives even for sale yet? I know they were for a bit, but I haven’t seen them around for a while.

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