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by John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.
HP Solid State Drives Die Exactly After 40,000 Hours of Usage
March 26, 2020
Death and taxes are constant. According to an Engadget post, apparently so are certain models of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) SSDs. Because of a firmware problem, certain models of HPE solid state drives will die exactly after 40,000 hours (four years, 206 days and 16 hours) of service. HP released a customer service bulletin stating, "After the SSD failure occurs, neither the SSD nor the data can be recovered."
The notice is particularly bad for those drives in a large RAID configuration. Large RAID configurations are designed to allow the array to continue to operate if one or more of the drives fails. The drive(s) can then be replaced without any impact to data access. However, the notice from HP means that all of the drives will fail almost simultaneously with no access to data. The service bulletin identifies the 800GB and 1.6TB models that are impacted with firmware HPD7 or earlier.