Samsung released a new version of firmware for 990 Pro SSD to fix failing SSD health
Last month, many users reported that the health status of the Samsung 990 Pro SSD is deteriorating at an alarming rate. In a few days to a few weeks, the health is reduced by 10% or more, and this problem has nothing to do with the capacity of the SSD. At the beginning of this month, Samsung confirmed this problem in internal testing and began to investigate the abnormalities related to the SMART usage percentage and health status of the 990 Pro, saying that it will launch a firmware update later this month to fix this problem.
According to TomsHardware, Samsung’s 990 Pro SSD update firmware (version number 1B2QJXD7) has been released on February 13, and it has been pushed to users through Samsung Magician software to solve related problems. Samsung hasn’t provided any official documentation about this firmware, but there’s good news and bad news.
The good news is that after updating the firmware, the health of the 990 Pro SSD returned to normal, and there was no accelerated decline. The bad news is that the new firmware will not reset the SMART value to the factory default, of course, the SMART value of each SSD will vary according to the user environment and usage conditions. Some users believe that this firmware is only a temporary solution, and it does not completely solve the problems existing in the 990 Pro SSD.
Regardless, the new firmware fixes some issues, and if you plan to update, you’ll need to use the Samsung Magician software. Although the update process is very simple for the user, there is still a small chance that the update may fail, making the 990 Pro SSD unusable.