From the Canyon Edge -- :-Dustin

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

eCryptfs to the Rescue

My Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD bit the dust a couple of weeks ago.

It just disappeared. The kernel simply stopped seeing the device. Poof. And then really weird, nasty things happened, until my OS crumbled like a house of cards. Upon reboot, not even the BIOS could see the drive.

After digging through Patriot's forums, it seems that I'm hardly the first person that this has happened to :-( Actually, it seems that many of these SSD sold in December 2009 and January 2010 are suffering from the problem.

Remarkably, it can be "solved" by a firmware update. And even more remarkably, Microsoft Windows is required to apply said update. Yeah, bummer.

So I had to contact Patriot and RMA my drive. Right--I had to FedEx my drive back to the manufacturer.

Thankfully, my private data was safely locked away in encryption provided by eCryptfs!



  1. Yay embedded non-free software! One day there will be FLOSS in SSDs.

  2. I was wondering, how easy is to reinstall ubuntu from a previous installation with encripted home in a separate partition?

  3. My local git repository recently went poof and disappeared as well. Corrupted pack file. Pack files are read-only. Ecryptfs errors in dmesg. Yikes. I was very happy with my crypttab setup before the whole upstart disaster completely broke the cryptodisks init scripts. I tried ecryptfs with my new karmic install because I was tired of having to hack the init scripts. After losing a git tree to ecryptfs, I'm back to running unencrypted. I'm not sure what it will take to get me to trust ecryptfs again... but it will be something significant.


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