WD SN850X NVMe SSD is having problems with Windows 11

WD SN850X NVMe SSD is having problems with Windows 11

WD SN850X NVMe SSD has been one of the most popular SSDs recently, especially after getting a price cut ($159.99 on Amazon) but it seems to have problems specifically with Windows 11 22H2. According to reports on WD forums, several users have been having problems with blue screens of death (BSODs) or their operating systems freeze.

The error they get in BSOD is as follows:

"The driver detected a driver error on \Device\RaidPort."

Some users have come to the conclusion that the drivers that come with Windows 11 that control NVMe SSDs are to blame for the problems. Some users have opted to change the default driver for Windows with one for SSDs that uses Micron drivers and claim that their problem has been mitigated.

I reported this problem more than 1 month ago, the answer is that the problem has been known, a new firmware will be released to fix it, but no ETA. I fixed it myself by forcibly installing another NVME driver instead of the default Windows one.

I am using this:

64bit Micron NVMe driver v2.1.19.0 WHQL

The error code is gone and it doesn't crash at all.

Western Digital is aware of the error and affirm that they will be releasing firmware for storage. Here's what a representative claims:

We are aware of the issue and have a firmware release planned shortly to fix it. The error is not a fatal failure and does not affect the drive or performance/computer other than adding messages to the event viewer.

There is no exact time estimate, but a firmware will be released via the Western Digital Dashboard soon.

If you have any further questions, please reply to this email and we will be happy to assist you.

Sincerely, Brandon G Western Digital Customer Service and Support

Source: Neowin

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