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Is Intel SSD Firmware Recovery Possible with a Linux OS?

March 22nd, 2015 No comments


Linux OS for Intel ssd firmware recovery

If your solid state drive has become inaccessible due to the dreaded 8MB bug retrieving your lost files on your own is very unlikely. However, you can still perform Intel SSD Firmware Recovery to restore your drive to its factory settings so that you can use it again. The solution below is for those using Linux.


  • Key in and enter the command “sudo apt-get install hdparm” followed by sudo hdparm -I /dev/sdX in which “X” stands for the drive number of your SSD in the system. The command will display some details regarding your solid state drive. Check the serial number and if it has been changed into “BAD_CTX 00000150” then your SSD has really been affected by the firmware bug.
  • Continue reading the details about your drive until you reach the security section. If that section states that your drive is active, you can proceed to the next step. However, if it states “frozen you can’t continue”, you first need to unfreeze your drive before you can move on. There are two ways to life the freeze. First, put the system to sleep then wake it up. If this does now work, quickly unplug and re-plug the data cable of your SSD.
  • You need to set a password before you can restore your drive to its factory settings. To do so, key in the command “sudo hdparm –user-master u –security-set-pass PASSWORD /dev/sdX”. Once more, the “X” stands for your SSD while “PASSWORD” stands for whatever password you chose.
  • You can now initiate restoration of the SSD by keying in the command “sudo hdparm –user-master u –security-erase PASSWORD /dev/sdX”. This will perform a quick format on the drive that will take just a few minutes.





Use the “sudo hdparm -I /dev/sdX” to check the drive details again. If the drive size and serial number are now correct, restoration is finished. If not, perform a full format with command “sudo hdparm –user-master u –security-erase-enhanced SOMEPASS /dev/sdX”. A full format may take up to an hour to complete. Then issue the “sudo hdparm -I /dev/sdX” command again and everything should be in order.


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The Need for Intel 320 Series Data Recovery

January 22nd, 2015 No comments

When Solid State Drives were first introduced, many computer fanatics expected that they would make hard disk drives obsolete in a few years. The main reason for this clamour is that the SSDs have greatly increased performance compared to their HDD counterparts. The former can access, write, and overwrite data several times faster than the latter. SSDs are also considered to be more reliable and less prone to damage since they are made up of considerably fewer parts. Many immediately purchased Intel’s third generation SSD series because they thought that they are indestructible under normal circumstances which will eliminate the need for Intel 320 Series Data Recovery. If you also think so, read further and you might change your mind.

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Physical Strength

 

Solid state drives are a lot less prone to physical wear and tear compared to hard disk drives especially since the former does not have disks that spin whenever something is being processed. It also has fewer mechanical parts and the fewer the parts, the lower the overall chance of breaking is. SSDs are also a lot less sensitive to shaking and vibrations. SSDs, however, still have electronic components that are still prone to damage. Even if just one capacitor or controller chip goes out, the drive can become unusable. Furthermore, unlike HDDs that are enclosed in very thick casings, SSDs are a lot more susceptible to damage from magnetic fields.

 

Linear Wear and Tear

 

It is true for both SSDs and HDDs that they can only last for a set number of read and write cycles. SSDs, however, can endure several times the number of cycles that HHDs can. In fact, an SSD can last for 100 years even if 10 GB of data is written on it each day.

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The Achilles Heel

 

There is one lingering weakness all SSDs have. Though each successive generation manages to lessen the said weakness, it is still apparent on current gen SSDs. Solid state drives are a lot more likely to get damaged during a power outage compared to hard disk drives. The problem is most notable on Intel’s third generation SSDs that cam still acquire the 8MB bug. This bug not only results to the deletion of all your files, you will also be able to access only 8MB of your drive’s capacity. SSDs are fairly new and it requires a whole new set of software and engineering techniques to retrieve lost files from them. Fortunately, $300 Data Recovery can easily SSD files that other companies simply can’t.