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You're correct. As long as it was captured in the temporary buffers, it should be saved to the NAND, regardless of the status of the command.
During an unexpected power loss or "unsafe shutdown" this feature allows the firmware routines in the SSD to respond and make sure both user and system data in the temporary buffers are transferred to the NAND media.
Additionally, given the energy provided by the capacitor elements and urgency to recover data, firmware de-prioritizes non-essential controller activities to quickly get into data saving mode, with no impact to overall system performance.
"How Power-Loss Data Protection is Implemented
The Intel SSD DC 3700 Series contains hardware- and
firmware-based power-loss data protection features.
The SSD includes a power-fail detection circuit, which
sends a signal to the ASIC controller in the SSD
indicating there is an imminent drop in power level.
Triggered by this, SSD firmware disconnects the
input power from the SSD.
The SSD then relies on its on-board power-loss
protection capacitance to provide enough energy for
the SSD firmware to move data from the transfer
buffer and other temporary buffers to the NAND."
- Intel® Solid-State Drive DC S3700 Series - Product Brief
Please let us know if this answers your question.
But I still want to know that, how do you test this pattern?
Because our team is going to make a product with intel DC series, but we do not have test method to check if it behave as you said.It will be more helpful if you can provide us some test method.
As you know, if we need to check wether all cached data is written to nand, we need a method to cut ssd power in the process of a SATA write cmd.
I wonder if we need to write sata driver by ourself in Linux, or is there any ready-made application or software can help ?
We're not currently aware of any publicly available tool or method to test this feature.
I will research this further and let you know what we find.
After some research, I was unable to find a tool aimed directly at testing this feature. We were able to find some examples of third parties who tested our drives similarly, perhaps their tests may be a good starting point for your purposes.
- Power-Loss-Protected SSDs Tested: Only Intel® S3500 Passes.
- Report: http://lkcl.net/reports/ssd_analysis.html.
According to the product specification document for the DC S3700 Series, the drive "supports testing of the power loss capacitor, which can be
monitored using the following SMART attribute: (175, AFh)."
- Product Specification Document, Page 13, Sec 2.8.
You may also find the following document helpful, as it goes into detail explaining how the technology behind the Enhanced Power-Loss Data Protection feature works.
- Intel® Power Loss Imminent (PLI) Techonogy.
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We hope this information helps.
It seems that they only provide their test result, but what we need is a method to test,we can not judge practicability in theory.
It is not that we don't trust Intel,we know that Intel is trust-worthy, but we need to make a report of power-loss-protection feature of SSDs, therefore we can only test it by ourself.
I heard that a software call DriveMaster from ULink Technology Coperation can exclude MotherBoard's SATA controller, so that the software can control SSD directly under the user script.
I wonder if you ever heard of this software and is this software helpful if we write script by ourself.
More over I also wonder how did Intel test S3700 SSD's Power loss protection feature? Do you wrote Window driver or Linux driver by yourself?
If it is very difficult or complex to test this pattern, we have to delay our project.
Unfortunately we do not have any public methods that we can release for you to perform these tests.
You may need to create an account and contact our Resource & Design Center. They may be able to provide you with the tools or documentation you need.
- Resource & Design Center for Development with Intel®.
- Intel Account Support.
We hope this helps.