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Intel has confirmed that its new consumer-class X25-M and X18-M solid state-disk drives (SSDs) suffer from data corruption Data corruption refers to errors in computer data that occur during transmission or retrieval, introducing unintended changes to the original data. Computer storage and transmission systems use a number of measures to provide data integrity, the lack of errors.  issues and said it has pulled back shipments to resellers globally.

The new line of X25-M (2.5-inch) and X18-M (1.8-inch) SSDs are based on a joint venture with Micron and used that company's 34-nanometer lithography technology. That process allows for a denser, higher capacity product that brings with it a lower price tag than Intel's previous offerings, which were based on 50-nanometer lithography technology.

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 Intel, the data corruption problem occurs only if a user sets up a BIOS password on the 34-nanometer SSD See solid state disk. , then disables or changes the password and reboots the computer. When that happens, the SSD becomes inoperable inoperable /in·op·er·a·ble/ (in-op´er-ah-b'l) not susceptible to treatment by surgery.

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 and the data on it is irretrievable.

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 password," Intel said.

This is not the first time Intel's X25-M and X18-M SSDs have suffered from firmware bugs. The company's first generation of drives suffered from fragmentation issues resulting in performance degradation over time. Intel issued a firmware upgrade as a fix.

Intel said the problem does not occur if a user has not set a BIOS drive password. After testing a fix for the issue, Intel said it expects to issue a firmware upgrade in the next couple of weeks.

"If they have not enabled their BIOS drive password, we are advising them not enable a BIOS drive password...," Intel said. Instead, users should visit Intel's support Web site for the firmware update when it becomes available.

Meanwhile, Intel has suspended all shipments of the new SSDs until the firmware fix is validated and its drives have been updated. Online retailers like Newegg and ZipZoomFly have also pulled the new drives from their ordering systems.

"It made sense to pause shipments and implement the changes ourselves and via our customers versus asking consumers to do so," Intel said.

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