Firmware update addresses Kingston SSDNow V100 failures

Owners of Kingston's SSDNow V100 solid-state drives, take note. Kingston has released a firmware update for them, and it "strongly recommends" that users apply that update. Why, you ask? Because of a "technical issue" that has been found to cause a purportedly small percentage of SSDNow V100 drives to fail.

The firmware update, which you'll find linked at the bottom of this page, applies to the following V100 models:

SV100S2/64GZ, SV100S2D/64GZ, SV100S2N/64GZ
SV100S2/128GZ, SV100S2D/128GZ, SV100S2N/128GZ
SV100S2/256GZ, SV100S2N/256GZ, SV100S2N/256GZ
SV100S2/64G, SV100S2D/64G, SV100S2N/64G
SV100S2/128G, SV100S2D/128G, SV100S2N/128G
SV100S2/256G, SV100S2N/256G, SV100S2N/256G

Now, a few notes. Kingston says the update will patch up those drives to firmware revision D110225a; if your drive already has that firmware installed (you can check by looking at the lower right corner of the label on the SSD itself), you shouldn't need to bother. Otherwise, to update, you'll need to hook up the drive to a Serial ATA controller. Kingston says the updater tool doesn't work with drives connected via USB.

Finally, the company recommends that folks back up their files before going through with the update. Data shouldn't be wiped by the firmware updater, but you know what they say—better safe than sorry.

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