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Intel 320 Series SSD 8MB Bug – Data Recovery is Possible


Originally posted 6/26/2012, Updated 9/14/2015

If you have an Intel 320 Series solid-state drive and encounter a firmware error – which often presents as a BAD_CTX error or sudden drop in capacity to 8MB, also known as the 8MB bug, the data on it is recoverable. Please consider data recovery first before doing anything else with the drive. Gillware has experience recovering data from these drives and can help, just give us a call at 877-624-7206 for more information.


The bug first appeared four years ago in 2011, shortly after the release of Intel’s 320 series SSDs. It didn’t take long for this bug to appear on every size drive, as the problem stemmed from an issue in the firmware. A number of months after the release, Intel released a firmware update to address the issue.


At the time, Intel stated they had no known way of recovering the data, but instead could only apply the firmware update, essentially formatting the drive and deleting all the data.

Gillware would like to emphasize that if you do encounter the 8MB bug, don’t give up hope. Data recovery may not be Intel’s specialty, but it happens to be ours and we would love to help if you find yourself faced with this bug.




  1. Mahdi Rastegar says:

    I have Intel 320 160GB , and encountered with 8MB Bug,I want ask about recovery price for all data on disk?

  2. mansouri says:

    I have Intel 320 300GB , and encountered with 8MB Bug,I want ask about recovery

    • Ashley Toy says:

      Hi there mansouri,

      Sorry to hear you’re encountering issues with your SSD, I’d be happy to get you in touch with one of our Recovery Client Advisors to help you out with recovery. You can visit to submit a data recovery case, or call (877) 624-7206 to speak with a representative.

      In the meantime, I’ll have one of the Client Advisors send you an email with some information about our process and costs.

      Ashley at Gillware

      • Mike Lawhorn says:

        Hi Ashley,

        Would you please send me info on your cost to recover data from a 320 120BG Intel SSD with the Bad CTX 00000130 / 8MB issue? I’m only looking to recover some game saves and Outlook data files.

        Thank you,

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