Intel pulls TRIM firmware after data corruption complaints

Are Intel's new 34-nm solid-state drives just naturally predisposed to eating your data? The chipmaker had to halt shipments this summer after a BIOS-password-related data corruption issue came to light, and today, Engadget writes that Intel has pulled its new TRIM-enabled firmware after some users who installed it complained of data loss.

Here's what Intel told the gadget blog:

Yes, we have been contacted by users with issues with the firmware upgrade for our 34nm SSDs and we 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.

A visit to the Intel support forums shows a five-page discussion thread about the latest corruption problem. The thread starter claims he successfully installed the new firmware, rebooted, let Windows 7 install new drivers, and attempted to reboot again, after which he could no longer start Windows. Other posts suggest affected drives may become unusable.

As we reported yesterday, the new Intel firmware is supposed to enhance write performance by taking advantage of Windows 7's TRIM functionality. TRIM clears flash pages instead of marking them as available when users delete data, thus skirting the block-rewrite penalty in SSDs.

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