7 Replies Latest reply on Aug 20, 2015 5:44 PM by jonathan_intel

    SSD X25-M shows only unformatted 8MB Storage


      Hey all,


      as I didnt use my SSD X25-M for almost 1 year, I wanted to use a USB Adapter Kable for Using my SSD as External Storage.


      First the SSD woked fine, haveing 4 Partitions (I dont remember exactly how it was configured). After formatting 1 Partition and filling it with data, I switched the "external SSD" to another Computer the get all the pictures. During that my Systempartition (Win7 from a third Computer) crashed. Windows asked me to format the partition to use it. I thought it could be a Problem with the USB Adapter Cable and connected the SSD with an SATAII Cable from the Computer. Now all Partitions moved away and instead I see a 8MB unformatted Storage in the Discmanagementsystem from Windows 7.


      I really dont care about the Data on the SSD but I wish I could reactivate the SSD for using itsStorage.


      Do you have any idea or tooltip for solve this problem?


      I already tried to use the SSD on a Computer with win7 and a Tablet PC with win8.1


      Here you have a AIDA64 log from the SSD


           [ INTEL SSDSA2M080G2GN (BAD_CTX CD1FAF05Ì) ] 
                ATA Device Properties:     
                     Model ID       INTEL SSDSA2M080G2GN     
                     Serial Number       BAD_CTX CD1FAF05Ì     
                     Revision       2CV102HA     
                     World Wide Name       5-001517-9591A909C     
                     Device Type       SATA-II @ Oxford     
                     Parameters       16383 cylinders, 16 heads, 63 sectors per track, 512 bytes per sector     
                     LBA Sectors       16384     
                     Physical / Logical Sector Size       512 bytes / 512 bytes     
                     Multiple Sectors       16     
                     Max. PIO Transfer Mode       PIO 4     
                     Max. MWDMA Transfer Mode       MWDMA 2     
                     Max. UDMA Transfer Mode       UDMA 6     
                     Active UDMA Transfer Mode       UDMA 6     
                     Unformatted Capacity       8 MB     
                     Rotational Speed       SSD     
                     ATA Standard       ATA/ATAPI-7     
                ATA Device Features:     
                     48-bit LBA       Supported, Enabled     
                     Automatic Acoustic Management (AAM)       Not Supported     
                     Device Configuration Overlay (DCO)       Supported, Enabled     
                     DMA Setup Auto-Activate       Not Supported     
                     Free-Fall Control       Not Supported     
                     General Purpose Logging (GPL)       Supported, Enabled     
                     Hardware Feature Control       Not Supported     
                     Host Protected Area (HPA)       Supported, Enabled     
                     HPA Security Extensions       Supported, Disabled     
                     Hybrid Information Feature       Not Supported     
                     In-Order Data Delivery       Not Supported     
                     Native Command Queuing (NCQ)       Not Supported     
                     NCQ Autosense       Not Supported     
                     NCQ Priority Information       Not Supported     
                     NCQ Queue Management Command       Not Supported     
                     NCQ Streaming       Not Supported     
                     Phy Event Counters       Supported     
                     Read Look-Ahead       Supported, Enabled     
                     Release Interrupt       Not Supported     
                     Security Mode       Supported, Disabled     
                     Sense Data Reporting (SDR)       Not Supported     
                     Service Interrupt       Not Supported     
                     SMART       Not Supported     
                     SMART Error Logging       Not Supported     
                     SMART Self-Test       Not Supported     
                     Software Settings Preservation (SSP)       Supported, Enabled     
                     Streaming       Not Supported     
                     Tagged Command Queuing (TCQ)       Supported     
                     Write Cache       Supported, Enabled     
                     Write-Read-Verify       Not Supported     
                SSD Features:     
                     Data Set Management       Supported     
                     Deterministic Read After TRIM       Supported     
                     TRIM Command       Supported     
                Power Management Features:     
                     Advanced Power Management       Not Supported     
                     Automatic Partial to Slumber Transitions (APST)       Disabled     
                     Device Initiated Interface Power Management (DIPM)       Not Supported     
                     Device Sleep (DEVSLP)       Not Supported     
                     Extended Power Conditions (EPC)       Not Supported     
                     Host Initiated Interface Power Management (HIPM)       Not Supported     
                     IDLE IMMEDIATE With UNLOAD FEATURE       Supported, Enabled     
                     Link Power State Device Sleep       Not Supported     
                     Power Management       Supported, Enabled     
                     Power-Up In Standby (PUIS)       Not Supported     
                ATA Commands:     
                     DEVICE RESET       Not Supported     
                     DOWNLOAD MICROCODE       Supported, Enabled     
                     FLUSH CACHE       Supported, Enabled     
                     FLUSH CACHE EXT       Supported, Enabled     
                     NOP       Supported, Enabled     
                     READ BUFFER       Supported, Enabled     
                     WRITE BUFFER       Supported, Enabled     
                ATA Device Physical Info:     
                     Manufacturer       Intel     
                     SSD Family       X25-M (34nm)     
                     Family Code Name       Postville     
                     Form Factor       2.5"     
                     Formatted Capacity       80 GB     
                     Controller Type       Intel PC29AS21BA0     
                     Flash Memory Type       Intel 34nm MLC NAND     
                     Physical Dimensions       100.45 x 69.85 x 7 mm     
                     Max. Weight       76 g     
                     Max. Sequential Read Speed       250 MB/s     
                     Max. Sequential Write Speed       70 MB/s     
                     Max. Random 4 KB Read       35000 IOPS     
                     Max. Random 4 KB Write       6600 IOPS     
                     Interface       SATA-II     
                     Interface Data Rate       300 MB/s     
                     Buffer Size       32 MB     
                ATA Device Manufacturer:     
                     Company Name       Intel Corporation     
                     Product Information       http://www.intel.com/design/flash/nand/productinformation.htm     
                     Driver Update       http://www.aida64.com/driver-updates     


      Thanks all for hint and helping



      See ya, Yngvar

        • 1. Re: SSD X25-M shows only unformatted 8MB Storage

          Hello Yngvar,


          The condition you describe normally indicates that he drive has failed. We strongly advise you to Contact Support for further assistance.


          As last option, you might want to try updating the firmware with the Intel® Solid-State Drive Firmware Update Tool or Intel® Solid-State Drive Toolbox. If the issue persists after this, please engage your nearest support center.

          • 2. Re: SSD X25-M shows only unformatted 8MB Storage

            Well I maybe found the problem but I dont have a solution yet.

            In the Computer I am used to use the SSD is a Gigabyte GA-x58A-UD7 Board with Xenon W3520 Intel Processor.

            In another form i read that a Samsung HDD had the same problem and they said it occures of the Gigabyte "Dual BIOS" that saves a copy of the BIOS in the HDD/SSD.


            I tried to find the SSD with the Intel SSD Toolbox but couldnt find my SSD, just not showing it.

            So I tried the Samsung Magician and wow, this tools shows the SSD, i switched back to the Intel SSD Toolbox and it shows it too now, but only with 8MB and no partitions. The Tool does not have any setting to search for failurs. The fast and advanced scans are not possible because "it has no partition".


            I have the full DriveInformation from the Intel SSD Toolbox but I can not copy/paste it from the table.... If you need something from inside, let me know.

            Also the erase mode says that the SSD is in "Security Frozen" Mode. To switch the mode, take off the energy plug and insert after a few seconds, but nothing happens


            some screens:


            • 3. Re: SSD X25-M shows only unformatted 8MB Storage

              Hey Jonathan,

              answering in the same time! ;-)

              I will try to make a firmware update, in SSD Toolbox its not possible but i will get the firmwareupdate tool you posted.

              • 4. Re: SSD X25-M shows only unformatted 8MB Storage

                Ok, the problem is solved. But I dont know how...

                I tried to make the firmwareupdate with the bootable iso useing easyBCD.

                When I ran the update in The Firmware Update Tool I got a Errormessage:

                The [...] Update did not complete. Please try the following:

                1. Dis. drive password in BIOS and retry

                2. Enable SMART in BIOS and retry

                3.Enable Legacy IDE mode in BIOS and retry

                If you need further assistance contact [...]

                After I got back to the menu to start the update, the Firmware Version was still the old.

                I tried once more, failed.

                Went into BIOS:

                1. No Drivepassword active.

                2. SMART generally enabled but in the informations for the SSD it's disabled and i can not enable it inside there (just in another menu point)

                3. Found something like the IDE but it sound like it's a kind of other option so I didnt touch it.


                I left the BIOS w/o saveing and started Windows.

                I checked the Drivemanager from Windows and see, the 80GB of the disk is back.. unpartitionated. So I really dont know what happen at all to my SSD.

                Is there a chance now to restore the files? Or lost?


                Thanks for... yea I dont know? The right stuff in the right moment? Am I lucky or what...

                Cheers! Yngvar


                PS I got the "logfile" of Intel SSD Toolbox when the SSD did not work and from right now, gonna add it here





                • 5. Re: SSD X25-M shows only unformatted 8MB Storage

                  Hello Yngvar,


                  I am glad that your drive is working again. The data in the log seems to be OK, however, it still shows some abnormal information consequence of the 8 MB problem.


                  Please keep in mind that this condition may reoccur, so if you are able to use the SSD, it would be recommended to make sure the data is backed up. If the drive is showing empty and unpartitioned, it may not be possible to recover the data.

                  • 6. Re: SSD X25-M shows only unformatted 8MB Storage

                    Hey Jonathan,

                    I had a phone call with the German support Team. They couldn't tell me what I didnt know yet.

                    The problem right now is, that I can not iniciate a MBR or GUID on the SSD. I tried "s0kill" but the programm can't do anything, not even read the first row. (And I am not sure if something like that physically exists on a SSD...). I am out of ideas.. Maybe I try partition magic or another programm...

                    • 7. Re: SSD X25-M shows only unformatted 8MB Storage

                      Hello Yngvar,


                      I am sorry to hear that the issue persists. As I mentioned before, this condition normally indicates drive failure and may not be recovered. If the options you are planning do not work, it would be advised to Contact Support and engage your nearest support center.