I have used this drive for 2 days now in my MacBook Pro (early 2008). Before I installed anything I successfully updated the firmware to the latest release (045C8820) and at last I was very happy with the drive's performance.
Now, after a restart the drive seems to be broken, in system profiler the drive's capacity is 8mb, modell stays INTEL SSDSA2MH160G1GC but now the strange part-> serial is shown as BAD_CTX.
Well, anyone has an idea? Perhaps a way to reset the drive or is it broken?
Of course this happens on saturday, 1 day before my vacation
Seems you are not alone, although I think this is rare. Try hdderase. If that does not work try to reflash. Otherswise it looks like an rma.
Would it be possible to explain how we are supposed to flash the ssd drive, I am not a computer expert and I'm sure there are other folks in the forum that can benefit from a detailed procedure on how to revive the dead ssd drives by flashing them.
The utilities you describe do not work with 64 bit win 7 so how are we supposed to fix the issue ????
I have the same problem with my INTEL SSDSA2BW160G3L.
Any news why this happens and on how to solve it properly?
How can I make a boot disk with hderase on it?
There is latest firmware available on Intel website address to this issue, but the data on the drive is not recoverable.
Before performing any update READ ME notes this firmware is for E-seires drives ONLY . If you tried to install it you now have desktop paper weight.
The best solution is to RMA the drive or INTEL will never fix their buggy firmware or hardware. It is possible that one of flash chip is partially or fully dead, but we don't have documentation to read what BAD_CTX means. The same about software tools for intel SSDs - we must use third-party tools to analyze and fix it, thats not good.
Ich war jetzt eine Woche im Urlaub und habe die Platte noch einmal angeschlossen.... geht jetzt wieder... nach einen Neustart hatte Sie aber wieder das gleiche Problem, scheint also erst nach Anlaufzeit aufzutreten.
Intel will von einer RMA noch nix wissen, erst nach 30 Tagen kann ich die über die abwickeln (nach Angabe aller Daten wurde mir das nach 20 minuten am Telefon mitgeteilt), jetzt muss ich also über den Händler anfragen... wirklich schade und Zeitaufwendig
As I understood you have problems with RMA....
Have you tried to clear the drive with HDDERASE 3.3 ? As posted http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid=83&threadid=2292224 http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid=83&threadid=2292224
This solution is worked for me.
If you have ANY additional information from Intel please post it here! My drive crashed 4 times (with badblocks) but after erasing (hdderase 3.3) no more crashes, more then 2 month uptime 24h/day 7days/week....
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After Intel's support offer: wait until the drive is older than 30 days and we fix it within another 30 days
or contact your dealer for support. I choose to start a RMA at http://hoh.de hoh.de . I did not try to erase the drive with hdderase, since I seems to work without any problem for hours, but after a restart (power-off) it stops again.... wait 2-3 hours.... is works again, until the next restart.
So it is very likely to be a hardware-issue.
Hopefully I will get a working replacement-drive soon =)
I do have the same problem with the Intel X25-M 160GB on my Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820TG-644G16Mnks.
It occured now 3 times (first time after about one month, 2nd and 3rd in intervals of 3-5 weeks).
The first two times it was just a temporarily problem for a few hours and it was gone after booting ubuntu.
Now the problem lasts already since the the hole day.
Now, I'm trying to contact my dealer at first and ask them for a solution.