Looks like it may be AHCI related, after every ghost restore my drive would re-corrupt after first reboot. This time after restore I set the bios to compatibility SATA only mode instead of Enhance IDE, or Enhanced AHCI mode. Now even though I have the end-to-end SMART error I can boot up and the drive doesn't seem to be re-corrupting. Another weird thing is I only have a SMART error from the BIOS in in IDE or Compatibility SATA only mode, not in AHCI mode.
System is Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 upgraded from Server 2008 x64.
v1005 motherboard firmware
160GB Intel G2 X25-M
This is just what I needed =( I have the same problems as you guys, although changing IDE mode didn't do anything for me. Doesn't matter which mode I start in.
I have a asus p6t deluxe v2 as motherboard if anyone is curious. Why can't they just post a downgrader to the old firmware? What action should one take in this case.. wait for intel to say something or file a problem, and contact the retailer?
I had the same experience on my Dell Studio 1537. Running chkdsk raised a lot of errors (stopped running it after 12 hours!) saying that file fragments were unreadable. Reinstalled Windows (as I have it backed up on Home Server) and disk performance on Windows H/W rating went down from 7.8 to 5.9. The SSD Toolbox reports an error attempting to do a read diagnostic).
Hi folks. Sorry to hear that this has been happening. I installed the new firmware yesterday myself, though I didn't have any issues. When I saw the Engadget article about it I thought I'd add my system spec in case it might help.
My drive (bought from Newegg):
Intel X-25M 80GB 34nm SSDSA2MH080G2R5
CPU = Intel Core i7 860
Mobo = Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P
RAM = GSkill 4GB DDR3 1600 (XMP mode)
GPU = MSI nVidia 8600GTS 256MB
OK, now i know: My SSD is brocken. I Teste ist with a HDD, after a C-mos clear, my Computer startet, but the 160GB SSB is dead. I testet it, an Smart say: many errors., Sorry, bur s*** . Is here an German support? I need realy Help. I mean this Update are not fine....... Sry, but i have lost my ssd .......
Is everybody getting this error after updating the firmware with Windows 7 already installed? I have not installed Windows 7 yet and was wondering if I would run into the same problem with a clean install.
No. I installed the update yesterday on my Windows 7 x64 Ultimate system and 160GB G2. I've rebooted several times since then and haven't had a problem (knocking on wood). I'm running in AHCI mode with the latest Intel Matrix Storage Manager (which doesn't pass on the TRIM commands, but I'm stuck with it).
I just had it, ouch. The steps I performed were:
1) Changed BIOS SATA setting from RAID to IDE.
2) Installed BIOS from a CD I had just burned using Windows 7 via a right-click on the ISO image and selecting Burn CD.
3) Updated the BIOS, all looked good.
4) Changed BIOS setting to RAID.
5) Rebooted, booted into Win7 and was able to run the SSD Tools, and selected to Optimize. I got a SMART error a couple seconds after that, which I cleared figuring it might be the result of the flash or the SSD Tool. I then got a message from Windows stating I needed to reboot.
6) Rebooted, however this time the BIOS can't see the drive right, sets the serial # to BAD_ and the system can no longer boot.
My system is:
i7 Core 920, 6GB triple-channel memory (stock speeds)
DFI UT LP X58 mobo
Intel 80GB G2 SSD hooked to SATA port 1 (boot disk)
2xWD 1TB hooked to SATA ports 4 & 5, setup as RAID1 (mirror) via ICH10R
Running the Intel Matrix drivers, the MBR and all boot related items are on the SSD as well as the full Win7 x64 copy
You could uninstall it if you want and activate the MS driver for AHCI and have TRIM pass through, or you could wait for Microsoft to provide the next firmware update for Intel Storage Manager driver to pass the TRIM command. Of course, you never know what the next firmware update will bring.
To add another datapoint:
ASUS P6T V1
Win7 x64 Ult, retail
Followed instructions to the letter
I have a raid 1 array, a raptor and a 80GB G2 on the controller.
I flashed in IDE Compatability mode, then switched back to Raid to boot.
I got "please reboot" message, I did. Everything has been fine for 24 hours.
I also ran the trim sweep command a single time.
I have not installed the Matrix drivers.
Adding another data point here: Failure with SMART errors.
This is on an HP Mini 311 Netbook with no options to turn on.off AHCI in the BIOS.
Running with Windows 7 RTM x86 and using an 80GB X25-M G2.
Installed firmware successfully. Rebooted and Windows 7 came up to my glee.
Upon reboot, I encountered SMART error with imminent disk failure. I ignored it and during boot, it complained about /boot/bcd.
Tried to run the Windows 7 repair and that made it worse as it no longer sees a bootable system disk.
Plugged it into a USB port via IDE/SATA adapter and Disk Manager sees an unrecognizable 8MB partition.
While I didn't have too much important data on it. It's sad to this state of affairs.
I'm hoping they'll have firmware fix this week, otherwise, I'm going to RMA it back to Intel.
I'd just brought the Intel X-25M G2 80GB SSD on 24/10/2009. I'd tried to update the firmware v1.4 on my HP Compaq Presario CQ20-130TU notebook PC last night and the update was successfully completed. After that, I'd tried to install Windows 7 to my gear but the setup programme can't create the "system partition" on the SSD during the setup, so the process can't be completed. Should the Intel support team please kindly investigate the problem and provide the method to downgrade the firmware so that I can setup the Windows 7 on my CQ20. Here's the detailed information for reference:
HP Compaq Presario CQ20-130TU
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
RAM: 4GB DDR2 800 (2GB x 2)
Chipset: Intel GM45 express chipset
HD Mode in BIOS:
1. Firmware Update: AHCI (Update successfully completed)
2. Setup Windows 7: AHCI (can't create "system partition" during setup) and than switch to IDE (can't create "system partition" during setup)