The Joy of SSDs

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My new home server has an SSD as the boot disk, though that turned out a little disappointing as it gets from the BIOS to fully booted in about five seconds but takes more like fifteen to get through the BIOS boot sequence.

I bought an Intel 320 because I have two other systems with Intel SSDs and they were reasonably priced, decently fast and very reliable. Unfortunately it turns out that the 320 shipped with a firmware bug where it will randomly decide it’s only 8MB in size and requires a complete wipe to recover. Intel really let us down this time.

I just upgraded the firmware to a version which is supposed to fix that, though some people have reported still hitting the problem after upgrading. It turned out to be surprisingly painless and the server is back up and running so hopefully it’s going to continue doing so.

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