Are you an HPE user? Be warned about the self-destructing disk drives

Our generation is nowadays moving more towards digital platforms, we still remember the Polaroid we used to take but now it’s all changed into digital pictures and sharing them through various devices via different digital platforms.

People end up having a huge collection of data on their digital devices and it is always a bit concerning for them to just have data on one device as it can be corrupted easily.

So, to secure their data on more devices, people use a variety of disk drives to move and secure their precious data so that it can be easy for them to use it whenever they want and wherever they want as clouds only save specific data free of cost and for more data, they charge so instead of cloud storage some users prefer disk drives for their data.

In 2015, When HP split its operation in two, Hewlett Packard Enterprise came into existence and since then, the enterprise has been serving its users a variety of products and services.

Recently, Hewlett Packard Enterprise started warning its users about its specific SAS solid-state drives that could fail after being operated for more than 40,000 hours.

If you do some calculations you’ll realize that 40,000 hours of operations mean the usage of their drives for 4 years, 206 days and 16 hours.

Yes, this is the life limit of the drivers that Hewlett is warning its users about and along with that Hewlett Packard Enterprise is also recommending the users of its drives to upgrade the firmware in an attempt to fix this issue.

Usually, OEM manufactures the SSDs but this issue of the drives could also affect the vendors and customers of HPE and that’s why it’s already warning its users regarding the issue.

If you’re trying to compare this warning with the incident that happened in November 2019 then you shouldn’t as the failure of 2019 happened after 32,768 hours of operations and not 40,000 hours.

If you really want to save yourself from the trouble of data loss you need to update the drives to HPD7 firmware as for now it is being considered as the ultimate savior of this issue.

HPE is strongly recommending its users to update the firmware for this critical fix and negligence of this update to SSD Firmware Version HPD7 would pretty much result in the failure of your drives and loss of your precious data after 40,000 hours of operations and the only way to get the data back is by backup which can only happen if there’s no fault tolerance.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise also listed out the affected SSD models used in a number of its servers and storage products which included HPE ProLiant, Apollo 4200m Synergy Storage Modules, Synergy, StoreEasy 1000 Storage and D3000 Storage Enclosure.

According to the listing provided by HPE, some platforms were not affected which included SAP HANA, XP Storage, StoreEasy 3000 Storage, StoreVirtual 4000/3200 storage, 3PAR StoreServ Storage, D6000/D8000 Disk Enclosures, StoreOnce, SimpliVity, Primera Storage, MSA Storage, Nimble Storage and ConvergedSystem 300/500 was also not affected with this issue.

You can download the Firmware Update from the HPE support bulletin to secure your derives from this issue.


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