I'm not sure why the first install failed. It appears to be a problem which would not allow the Toolbox to run a read test on the drive. If I was doing another firmware update, I would make an image of the windows SSD install, then delete any partitions on the SSD, do the update, put the SSD on another windows system and test it there with the Toolbox, and if all passed, then re-install the image onto the SSD. If necessary, run HDDErase along the way.So ,if I can get rid of the old SMART errors, this drive should be as good as new. INTEL, how do I clear the SMART error cache?<!-- / message --><!-- message, attachments, sig -->
Update: The drive has now been running for 24 hours with no problems. Win7 did start to complain about SMART errors after a couple of hours. This was based on the old SMART errors the drive logged, when the drive was trashed. I just told windows not to report any SMART errors, and its been fine since then.
That would not help. SMART errors are stored in the drives firmware. Diabling SMART in BIOS will only prevent BIOS from reporting a SMART error. SMART aware operating systems will still see the SMART errors.
My BIOS does not have a "turn SMART on-off" switch. With AHCI, it is always on. Even with it off, Win7 would see it directly from the drive. I believe, if I update the drive firmware again, it may clear the SMART errors, but the INTEL package will not allow you to update the same firmware more than once. So, I am stuck until there is a new firmware release.
Unless someone can figure out if any command line switches work on the actual firmware update program iSSDFUT.exe that might force an update.... I did play with it a little to see if it would offer any help with switches like -?, -h, -help, /?, /h, etc.... no luck though. I'd venture to guess that there are some command line switches though. If you knew what they were you could just direct boot to a command prompt and manually run it.
I dumped the strings in the issdfut.exe file, looking for some switches. I came across this string embedded in the exe:
What is your favorite color? Bring out your dead. HOOT.00
Maybe someone is having some fun with us!
I'm glad this helped you, but unfortunately it did not help my drive. I had the same symptom, but HDDErase just hung (I left it running for an hour) trying to erase the disk.
Yes I was. HDDErase was able to ID the drive fine, but both the enhanced secure erase and the regular secure erase just sat there forever. I read that a working drive is erased in under a minute.
In your case i would RMA the disk. My intels had also the same behaviour (only smart errors) but i couldnt do anything about it. Also windows didnt install because of the smart error. After a day trying i RMAed both.
My question is were is INTEL to answers to our problems that all began with the trim update.
Will they release a new firmware soon that will be able to fix our problems? I payed 410 euros one month ago for my two X25 and now i must wait a month or so for replacements
After the firmware update windows XP (SP3) starts OK en detected my 80GB SSD as new hardware. Next day windows XP hangs on boot and after that windows reported corrupted registry files and even later the system reported a read error (no boot at all). After turning off the smart functionality in the bios I succeeded by installing Windows 7 32 bits on 20 GB partition. Now the system is running for few days. Windows 7 is still reporting smart errors and Intel SSD toolbox is reporting smart error "B8 End to End Detection Count". Intel SSD Toolbox function Fast Diagnostics scan reports no error. Intel SSD Toolbox function Full Diagnostics reported a error on Data Integrity Scan. I partition and formated the remaining 55 GB and Full Diagnostics reported NO ERRORS.