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Unread 28th July 2009, 10:09 AM
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Critical Flaw Found in New Gen 2 Intel X25-M SSD

Critical SSD BIOS Flaw Found in New Generation 2 Intel X25-M Solid State Drive

Intel's new 34nm solid-state drive has a flaw that renders the drive inoperable for users who set a Bios drive password.


The chipmaker announced last Tuesday that it had started shipping its first SSDs made using the 34nm manufacturing process - a shift that should make the drives faster and cheaper. However, on Friday a US custom computer maker said the Bios defect had forced it and other online retailers to pull the first batch of 34nm SSDs from their sites.
"There was a lot of confusion, but it was clear that something was wrong with these first units - enough so that Newegg and other online vendors had also pulled them entirely from their sites," blogged William George, the customer service lead at Puget Systems. "We too stopped listing them, and began contacting our customers who were expecting us to ship them out this afternoon."
Intel confirmed the flaw on Monday. "If a user has set a Bios drive password on the 34nm SSD, then upon disabling or changing the Bios drive password, followed by powering off/on the computer, the SSD becomes inoperable," the company said in a statement.
George said Intel had initially told Puget that the drives might require a complete reworking. However, the chipmaker said it has come up with a firmware fix that it expects to deliver in about two weeks.
"The root cause has been identified and a new fix is under validation," the company said. It suggested that users who have not yet enabled a Bios drive password should refrain from doing so until the firmware update comes through. ZDNet

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Sited From http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=100231, tipped by Leo Laporte, The Tech Guy Podcast:

Intel's recently announced X25-M G2 series solid state drives (SSDs) gave the company some good PR for being the industry's first 34 nm NAND-flash based SSD, which intends to lower power consumptions, increase data density, and lower prices along the way. Barely a week into its introduction, it has been diagnosed with a severe firmware-related bug. While this bug does not affect the drive's performance or stability in normal operation, it potentially renders it inoperable under some disturbingly common circumstances.

Intel's SSDs are meant for workstations, servers, portable workstations, and other high-end machines. In an enterprise environment, it's common for administrators or power-users to set a password for the HDD BIOS, and change it periodically as part of security practice. The X25-M G2 apparently doesn't respond well to this change, and is rendered inoperable. For the X25-M G2, if you have set a BIOS HDD password, you're advised not to change or disable it. If you don't have one in place, do not set one. Intel is correcting the issue in firmware and will be posting a firmware update shortly.
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