Intel stops shipping 34nm SSD after BIOS flaw

SSD technology

Intel has stopped shipping its latest Solid State Drives (SSD) due to a newly indentified flaw.

The X-25M was launched just two weeks ago with claims that it was the first 34nm NAND Flash-based SSD.

Intel has discovered that when a user sets up a basic input/output system (BIOS) drive password and then subsequently tries to disable or alter it, the SSD stops working.

A spokesperson from Intel told IT PRO: "It made sense to pause shipments and implement the changes ourselves versus asking consumers to do so. Please keep in mind the fix has been identified and validation is undergoing completion this week."

The company are in the process of creating a firmware upgrade to fix the problem and has said it should be available in the next two weeks from its website.

In the meantime Intel advises users who have set up a BIOS password to not change it and for those who are yet to do so, to wait until the firmware upgrade is available.

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