tracking before reports This Samsung 990 Pro SSDs (SSDs) company suddenly fell into ill health, a fix is now available.
Computer player (opens in a new tab) turned out to be a similar problem Samsung 980 Pro SSDs were also found and fixed earlier this month, making it a bad time to own a high performance business M.2 NVMe drives.
Given that older firmware is said to kill drives en masse, users who even suspect they have a 980 Pro or 990 Pro in their setup should download the latest firmware from Samsung’s free SSD Performance utility Magician (opens in a new tab).
Samsung SSD problems
Aside from released updates that come without any patch notes, Samsung has been less than forthcoming with support for affected users.
At the time of the publication of the PC Gamer report, Samsung has not officially acknowledged the issue, particularly with the 990 Pro SSDs. This meant that pursuant to Art Neovin (opens in a new tab) editor Robbie Khan, the company might have taken him for a fool, claiming they found “no flaw” in his 990 Pro SSD and refused to fix it.
Now that official acknowledgment of the issue is available for the (hopefully the only) affected drive models, users looking for direct replacements for their drives should have an easier time getting their hands on them.
This may be crucial, given that per Tom’s gear (opens in a new tab)Firmware update prevents damage to SSDs, but does not reverse them.
The good news is that the fixes are here and couldn’t be easier to apply. The bad news is that other drives may be affected by the issues (this 970 Pro owner is keeping a close eye on it) and firmware fixes may not be enough for some.