Troubleshooting an Intel 320 Series Dead Drive

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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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.

Worst of the Intel 320 Series Common Problems

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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.

Restoring 320 Series SSD Affected by the Intel 8MB Bug

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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.

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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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File retrieval services are usually very expensive ranging from $600 to $2500. This can be very discouraging because the consumer ends up making a choice between to options that are both very painful. On one hand, you need to accept the fact that you won’t be reuniting with your lost files anymore. On the other hand, you need to part with possibly thousands of dollars to get your files back. Making things worse is the fact that most companies require a fee of around $100 before they even check your hard drive and if the drive ends up too damaged that your files can no longer be recovered, you won’t get your $100 upfront payment back. Hence, that’s a hundred bucks down the drain and you got nothing for it.

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Having at least one backup of your important files has been recommended for more than a decade now. Unfortunately, very few people bother usually because they believe that with the superior technology we have today, losing wanted files is very remote. This is, however, not really the case. There are still several reasons why a hard disk can become inaccessible. Having to many viruses and spyware in your system can cause it to go haywire. Frequent improper shutdowns can also cause damage to your hard drive to pile up. Then there is also the classic “I deleted my files by mistake”.


For Those Who Don’t Do Backups

If you are one of those who do not backup their files and it has come to a point where it is already too late to regret not doing so, there are still a few things that you can do. First of all, there is the traditional “troubleshoot any and every problem” approach. You can start by downloading and installing some file recovery software from the internet. There are a lot of them that you can get for free while there are also those that require payment. If you are lucky you might get the files you need back. Most of the time, however, you will end up not retrieving enough.


For Those Who Can Perform File Restoration on Their Own

If you cannot do the file restoration on your own, you can still seek the help of a data recovery service provider. Just make sure you have a few hundreds of dollars prepared. Sometimes, the cost might even reach to one or a couple of thousands. Just getting the hard drive checked is likely to cause you to shell out around a hundred bucks.


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