Samsung, a leading manufacturer of computer storage devices, has released a firmware fix for its 990 Pro solid-state drives (SSDs) that have been suddenly falling into poor health. Earlier this month, a similar issue was found and fixed for the company’s 980 Pro SSDs. As per PC Gamer, it is a challenging time to own any of the company’s high-performance M.2 NVME drives, which are affected by older firmware that is reportedly killing drives in large numbers.
Affected users should download the latest firmware version from Samsung’s free SSD performance tool Magician, even if they have a suspicion that they have a 980 Pro or 990 Pro in their configuration. However, beyond the issued updates, which come without any patch notes, Samsung has been less than forthcoming with support for affected users.
When PC Gamer first reported the issue, Samsung had not officially acknowledged the problem with its 990 Pro SSDs. This led to some users being refused repairs, even though their drives were affected. Now that Samsung has officially acknowledged the issue, users seeking outright replacements for their drives should have an easier time obtaining them. This is crucial because the firmware update is preventing damage to SSDs, but it is not reversing the damage, as reported by Tom’s Hardware.
While the good news is that fixes are available, the bad news is that the issues could potentially affect other drives, and firmware fixes may not be enough for some. One 970 Pro owner is keeping a close eye out for any potential problems.