[olug] Patch HPE SSDs, yes those real expensive ones

Rob Townley rob.townley at gmail.com
Wed Nov 27 10:02:37 CST 2019

These drives dies at 32,768 hours.  Yes, healthy HPE enterprise drives that
were originally $1700 to over $4,000 each just decide not to work.

RAID array ?  DEAD!
Drive? DEAD!
Data? Dead!
HPE SmartCache? DEAD?

Last week, multiple users said system was all-of-a-sudden slow.  Our HPE
SmartCache of SSDs had died out of the blue.  All six drives had either 97%
or 99% of their life left.    Not sure it is due to the same problem, but
came across these articles and thought there will others patching over


HPE tells users to patch SSDs to prevent failure after 32,768 hours of
HPE SAS SSD users need to install a critical firmware patch or they'll lose
their SSDs, including their data.


Why?  Some arrogant programmer did not learn this same problem happened to
multiple manufacturers in the early days of SSDs.  About a decade or so
ago, both of our Crucial and intel SSDs exhibited a similar problem, but
patching the firmware brought them and the data back.   Articles indicate
nothing resuscitates these drives.

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