In temporary: Are you utilizing an HPE strong state drive? If so, you’ll wish to set up a essential firmware patch to cease it from completely failing in lower than 4 years of operation.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise mentioned that sure SAS strong state drives (full listing here) would fail as soon as they hit their 32,768th hour of operation—that is three years, 270 days, and eight hours—unless their firmware is upgraded to model HPD8.

The firm says a producer notified it of a firmware defect in sure strong state drives utilized in server and storage merchandise on November 15.

While those that backed up their information on completely different drives will have the ability to recuperate it, something on the affected HPE SSDs will be gone ceaselessly. “After the SSD failure occurs, neither the SSD nor the data can be recovered,” the corporate ominously warned.

HPE by no means mentioned why the drives fail at precisely 32,768 hours, however PCMag speculates that it’s associated to an integer overflow bug, because the quantity 32,768 is the utmost adverse integer a 16-bit pc can course of, and 32,767 is the utmost optimistic integer.

Some of the SSD fashions already obtained a patch on November 22, whereas a patch for a second set of drives will arrive on the week beginning December 9.

Links to the firmware obtain and directions on apply the replace can be found from HPE’s advisory. There’s additionally a hyperlink to find out an SSD’s whole power-on hours.

“By disregarding this notification and not performing the recommended resolution, the customer accepts the risk of incurring future related errors,” wrote HPE.