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Intel SSD 320 Series reportedly failing due to major bug

A new found bug could imperil all data in the intel SSD

Intel first revealed its 320 Series of mainstream-level solid-state drives back in March, but consumers are just now reporting something unusual with the drive that could possibly endanger any stored data.

According to The Register, some users from the PC Review forum are claiming that if a 320 Series SSD crashes or is powered down due to a power failure, then the drive will incorrectly read a maximum storage capacity of only 8MB and would basically become unusable.

Be wary of the new Intel SSD 320 series,” said the original forum poster. "Currently, there’s a bug in the controller that can cause the device to revert to 8MB during a power failure.” The post was reportedly followed by several other members who have experienced the same outcome.

Fortunately, Intel was able to quickly acknowledge the troubling concerns. “Intel is aware of the customer sightings on Intel SSD 320 Series,” said an official representative on the Intel support forums. “We will provide an update when we have more information.”

Intel, however, is not the only company having SSD troubles. Corsair recently recalled a small number of its 120GB Force Series 3 SSDs due to underperformance issues.

A fix to the “8MB bug” is still up in the air, however, as no timeline or details were provided on when users can expect the update. Regardless, if you are an owner of an Intel 320 Series SSD of any model, we highly suggest that you backup all of your data in case of an unexpected crash or power failure.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-07-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)