Intel Issues BIOS Bug Fix For 34nm Solid State Drives

The quirk affecting Intel's 34nm SSDs is one that's likely to trouble just a small minority of users, but it was big enough for the outfit to temporarily halt shipments a few weeks back until a firmware fix was published.

Today, that very fix is being made available to the public, and it fixes the bug that caused corruption in the drive is a password was set in the system BIOS and then changed or disabled at a later date. If you happened to get in early on the 34nm fun, you should probably give this download a go just in case. Here's exactly what Intel has to say about the update:

This firmware will enable your SSD to deliver the best performance in your PC. Use this update to get the latest production firmware.

Before initiating the Intel SSD firmware update, be sure to read and precisely follow the instructions included in the Firmware Update Guideline, Readme and Release Notes. You may wish to print these instructions for easy reference.

The Readme.txt file includes the SSD firmware update instructions.

The SSD Firmware Update Guideline is available here.

If you need any assistance with the firmware update of experience issues please contact Intel Customer Support.

The firmware update process is done at entirely at your own risk. Before attempting to reprogram the firmware, back up or make copies of all important files. If the Intel SSD firmware update process is interrupted, your SSD may not function properly.

This download contains both Intel proprietary software and an open source application called FreeDos*. The Intel proprietary software is licensed under the Intel Software License Agreement only.  The components of FreeDos* provided in this download are licensed under the GNU GPL and the Artistic License. (A copy of these licenses are included as .txt files in this download.)  The source code for this open source application is at FREEDOSSRC.