Damage after a sudden power loss has always been the weakness of solid state drives. The 320 series SSDs, however, got the short end of the stick due to the Intel 8MB Bug that bricks the drive and makes it unbootable. It occurs when a power outage or improper shutdown causes the drive to keep trying to reconnect to the SATA port instead of simply turning itself off. The displayed size of the SSD will become only 8MB and its serial number will become BAD_CTX 00000130. Intel has issued various firmware updates but all of them have failed to prevent the occurrence of the bug. Given below are a few steps on how to make your drive usable again after it has been affected by the firmware bug. Just remember that the said method will make the files written on the SSD unrecoverable.
Intel confirms 8MB bug in 320 Series SSDs (fix available) http://bit.ly/1sQA3Vq
1. Download a bootable cd of the free hard disk diagnostic tool MHDD. Then burn it with an image burning application. Note that both Windows 7 and Windows 8 have built-in image burners.
2. Insert the newly burnt cd on your CD-ROM drive and restart your computer. Go to your boot menu by pressing F12 while your pc is rebooting and switch the boot order of your Windows and CD-ROM. This way, your computer will boot the MHDD disk first.
3. When the computer successfully boots MHDD, you will be asked if you want to have SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) support or not. Your answer to this question does not usually matter so just pick one so you can go on to the next step.
4. MHDD will then provide you with a list of the drives in your pc. Type and enter the number of the bugged drive.
5. MHDD will not let you tamper with the data of the bugged drive without first setting a password. Type “PWD” and enter a password of your choice. Make it short since you won’t be using it again after the restoration is complete.
6. Type and enter the command “FASTERASE”. Then type and enter your password. The word “BUSY” will be displayed on the top left corner of the screen and will disappear when data erasure is complete.
7. Press F2 to go back to the list of drives. If the “fast erase” was successful, the size of your drive as well as its serial number is back to normal.
8. Type “UNLOCK” along with your password to make the drive accessible again. Then type and enter “DISPWD” to permanently disable the password.
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