The gen 3 solid state drives of Intel have become quite famous for their reliability issues because of the Intel 8MB bug that was widely talked about by SSD users all over the internet. It was a glitch that bricked the drive making its size be displayed as only 8MB and all of its contents become inaccessible. This was caused by the controller of the drive making the wrong call when the power suddenly gets cut off. Instead of shutting itself down, it will insist on connecting to a SATA port. After several patch notes, it was finally confirmed that Intel has successfully prevented the bug. It is not unreasonable to say that something similar to the 8MB bug might happen again so it is best if we know what we can do to avoid turning our SSD into an Intel 320 Series Bricked Drive.

Be Vigilant with Updates

Firmware updates are free so there is absolutely no reason to download and install them. The firmware is the brain of a solid state drive and updates can be treated as lessons. The more lessons learned, the smarter the brain becomes. And the smarter the brain is, the less likely it is to get tricked into making mistakes that may lead to glitches. Check Intel’s official website or message boards regularly for any news of firmware updates. You may also install auto-updaters from third parties that will notify you when something is out-of-date.

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Avoid Sleep and Hibernation

Solid state drive controllers for some reason have a high tendency to get confused when the computer is put on “sleep” or “hibernate”. Doing so regularly will likely lead to the controller making a mistake.

Uninterruptible Power Supply

A UPS will be the saviour of your solid state drive when a blackout happens. It will provide a few minutes’ worth of power so that you can shut down your pc correctly. It will also allow you to save any unfinished work so it is highly worth it.

Create a Backup

Backup your files even if just the important ones. Though there is a DIYer way of restoring an Intel 320 Series Bricked Drive, there isn’t any for retrieving any of the files. If your Intel 320 Series SSD drive does get bricked, Brian Cometa and the other data recovery technicians of “300 Dollar Data Recovery” can restore your drive as well as your files.

Intel 320 Series Dead Drive

If you think your solid state drive has now been reduced to an Intel 320 Series Dead Drive there are still a few things you can do. You must troubleshoot to determine without a doubt that your SSD is indeed dead. It will be a waste to throw away a drive without making sure you cannot find any use for it anymore. If a drive is not yet dead but it looks like it will kick the bucket anytime soon, keep in mind that some troubleshooting methods may cause further damage or lead to data overwrite which may make some of your files unrecoverable. You might consider bypassing the troubleshooting phase and going directly to an expert like 300 Dollar Data Recovery. This company offers a fixed rate of just $300 dollars for every successful recovery. It does not charge anything to check a drive. If recovery is possible, it will send you a list of the recoverable files so you can make an informed decision whether you will proceed with the data recovery or not. If you choose to proceed with the troubleshooting, do so at your own risk.

Run a Diagnostic Test

Intel has free diagnostic tools for evaluation the current health of its solid state drives. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, just go to Intel’s support page so you can download the most recent version. After downloading and installing the diagnostic tool, run it and check your SSD. If even the official tool cannot detect it, it is really dead. If it is still getting detected by the tool, you might still transfer your files before its life gets totally snuffed out.

Scan Your Computer for Malware

You might be having a hard time detecting your SSD just because your system is infected by a very serious adware or spyware. Run a quick scan and then a full scan of your entire system and quarantine or delete any PUP you may find. Just make sure the antivirus or antimalware program you will be using is up-to-date.

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Check All Physical Connections

Sometimes the problem is not even a Intel 320 Series Dead Drive but just a dead cable. Check all cables connected to the SSD and see if they are all working properly.

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Intel’s generation 3 SSDs may be one of the most popular in the market but in no way does this mean they don’t have their fair share of issues. There are various Intel 320 Series Common Problems you may encounter. Most of them are quite easy to remedy except for the dreaded Intel 8MB bug.

The Bane of SSDs

Sudden power outage has always been the Achilles heel of solid state drives and the Intel 320 series is no exemption. In fact, Intel’s 3rd gen SSDs even have it worse than others. But first, let us talk about the two ways of how an SSD can experience power failure.

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1. Power Interruption

This occurs when for some reason, the power supply in your area is cut and you are not using an Uninterruptible Power Supply or UPS. If you live in a second or third world country where short power interruptions can occur anytime, you are highly advised to get a UPS.

2. Improper Shutdown

This happens when you are forced to cut off the power to your computer. The usual reason for this is when your computer gets frozen and the only thing you can do is reset it by unplugging it or turning your Automatic Voltage Regulator or AVR off.

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The Intel 320 Firmware Bug

It is will be very obvious if your SSD gets the bug. Regardless what the size of your drive is, it will be reported as only 8MB. Your computer will also notify you that your drive has an invalid partition table. The reason for the bug was explained by Intel as follows, “After a power outage, the SSD may try to reconnect to the SATA port instead of initiating a proper shutdown.” Several firmware updates later, the bug still remains.

Your Last Resort

The Intel 8MB bug is the worst and also the most popular among the Intel 320 Series Common Problems. It is devastating in the sense that it wipes all the data in the drive. The bug first appeared in 2011 shortly after the series was launched by it took until early 2012 before a few file retrieval companies were able to make successful file restoration. Until today, only a handful of companies can provide a high probability of success in dealing with the firmware bug. Of all these companies, Brian Cometa’s 300 Dollar Data Recovery offers the lowest price. The company will check your SSD for free and you will be charged with only a fixed rate of 300 bucks for a successful recovery.