For those of your using the Intel SSD series 320 drives please be aware of a serious problem. If this error occurs you will lose your data and operating system if this is your boot drive. Intel is releasing a firmware fix within the next 2 weeks. This problem has been known for 2 months and the fix has not been released yet.
Here is a link to the Intel forum:
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Aug 13, 2011 9:17 PM
8/13 Update on "Bad Context 13x Error" for Intel SSD 320 Series
Intel has reproduced, identified root cause, and developed a firmware update which addresses the Bad Context 13x Error being discussed on the Communities site and elsewhere.
The new firmware update is in final validation testing and is targeted for release on IntelÂ® Communities within the next two weeks. Intel takes firmware updates and issues of reliability very seriously and is taking extra steps to support a smooth release. We appreciate your patience.
What should I do if I have not experienced this issue?
To minimize occurrence, if a system requires a shut down, Intel recommends using that systemâ€™s standard power shut down sequence. As with any storage device, Intel recommends users frequently back up their data. Download and install the new firmware when it is available. As with our previous firmware updates, a secure erase is not required.
What should I do if I have experienced this issue?
If you have already experienced a drive failure or encounter this problem before the firmware update is released, please contact your Intel representative or Intel customer support (via web: www.intel.com
or phone: www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/contact/phone
) for an SSD replacement. An alternative option is to use the Intel Â® SSD Toolbox or similar tools to perform a secure erase in order to restore the SSD to an operational state; all data will be erased. After secure erase, update your SSD with the upcoming firmware. The pending firmware update will not recover user data.
For users unfamiliar with the issue, an Intel SSD 320 Series drive may exhibit a drive capacity of 8MB and an electronic serial # field containing a message of â€œBAD_CTX 0000013xâ€ due to an unexpected power loss under specific conditions. Once this error occurs, no data on the SSD can be accessed and the user cannot write to or read from the SSD.