We don’t normally post about every bug and glitch that comes along, but we awarded the 128GB version with our “Mid Range Hardware Award” last year, so I think it’s important to stay caught up.
Apparently, Crucial’s M4 drives are affected by a bug that occurs after 5000 hours of real-time usage. That might seem like a lot, but if you are a heavy user, you could easily see that in under a year. If you decided to use this drive in a server that is always at full access, you’d hit that number in about 200 days.
I’ll let Crucial explain the rest:
We are aware of an issue that is currently affecting a small number of users whereby their m4 causes their system to require a restart. This issue occurs after approximately 5,000 hours of actual “on time” use. Following the initial reboot, the system then requires subsequent restarts after each additional hour of use. However, the data on the SSD is unaffected and will not be lost due to this condition.
Through our investigation, we have determined the root cause of the problem and will be releasing a firmware update that rectifies the situation. We are currently running through our validation and compatibility process. Once this process is complete, the firmware will be made available to our customers. Although we understand the desire of some people to start using unreleased firmware now, we want to ensure that our solution works across multiple chipsets, systems, and operating systems before publishing the release code. We are currently targeting the week of January 16th, 2012 to publicly release the new firmware update.
We understand the impact that this is having on some users right now and apologize for this inconvenience. We appreciate your continued support, feedback, and patience as we finalize code and resolve this issue.
So the good news is, there’s no need to hit the panic button. The fix will be out soon, and even if you are affected by then, your data is safe. I still think it’s the best choice for a mid-range SSD at the sub $200 price range, although the OCZ Vertex 3 Max-IOPS may be worth a look as well.
And now, today’s batch of hardware reviews from around the web!
- ASRock Extreme9 X79 Motherboard Review @ ssdreview
- GIGABYTE G1 Killer Assassin 2 @ futurelooks
- Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 @ techPowerUp
- Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Gaming keyboard @ Rbmods
- Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7-B3 Intel P67 Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS
- Mid-Tower Case Round-Up: Antec, Corsair, NZXT, Thermaltake @ HotHardware
- EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
- Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Motherboard Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Corsair Professional Series Gold AX 650 W @ techPowerUp