What was supposed to be a 30 minute upgrade turned into a huge headache. Below you will read about the problem, attempted solutions, and the final outcome.
Before we get down to details here are the specs on my computer that might be relevant.
- MacBook Pro 15-Inch Core 2 Duo (June 2007, MacBookPro2,2)
- This macbook is using SATA 1 (1.5Gbps) controllers inside and cannot achieve SATA II rates)
After much looking and talking with my buddy Jason about possible a SSD for my Mac I found the G.Skill Phoenix Pro 120GB SSD SATA II 2.5″ on sale at Newegg. With a $100 off the retail price it was too good of a thing to pass up. Two days later the drive arrived at my house. I was so excited.
I preformed a quick backup via Time Machine and powered off my Mac. Using a youtube tutorial I opened up my Mac and replaced the old HDD with my new SSD. I then closed the lid, fired her up, and loaded from a Snow Leopard Installation Disk. Upon accessing Disk Utilities I attempted to format the new SSD but it failed to show up in the selection window. Fearing I was sent a DOA I pulled the drive out, replaced it with my old HHD and placed the SSD in an external enclosure.
I then plugged the external with the SSD into the computer and the SSD mounted on my desktop. YES! It was not dead. I opened up Disk Utilities and formatted the disk to 1 Partition, Mac OS Extended (Journaled), and GUID Partition Table. Thinking this might solve my problem I turned everything off and put the SSD back into my Mac and loaded up from the SL Installation Disk once again.
WTF nothing again! Having spent most of my day messing with the drive and attempting to reach customer support I gave up and filed for a RMA. Drive was shipped off to CA and took about 7 days to reach there. Upon confirmation of delivery a new drive was sent to my house from NJ and arrived in 2 days.
I open the new drive up, crack open my mac, plug in the new SSD, load Disk Utilities from the CD and… NOTHING! I’m about to freak out. Pull out the SSD, shove it in the external, load from cd, open Disk Utilities and sure enough there it sits. This time I decide to load a fresh copy of OSX Snow Leopard from the cd onto the SSD. Once installation finished I put the SSD back into the computer and fire her up loading from the SSD. Chime. Everything is working now. I watch the introduction video and load some apps to make sure it’s all really working.
Wow. Looks like some progress. I then restart and load from the CD so I can run Time Machine and load everything onto my new SSD. But what happens? Once again the drive does not show up in Disk Utilities when loading from the CD. WTF? Pull the SSD back out of the computer, into the external and load from disk. Now I can see the SSD and run the Time Machine transfer and place everything onto the SSD. SSD back into the mac and fire up. Everything works great and is right where I left off with my HDD.
Now my questions are.
- Do I still have a messed up drive?
- How long will this drive last?
- Why wont the drive show up in Disk Utilities when I load from the CD?
Possible answer could be that the build on the OS CD is to old to recognize the newer SSD. Or that the fact the drive is SATA 2 and my computer has a SATA 1 controller could be a factor. Although it should not be because SATA 2 is backwards compatible with SATA 1. Only time will tell but for now I am riding the wave as fast as my SATA 1 controller will let me. Never can escape the bottleneck can you?
Stay tuned for benchmark and Lightroom Test.
***Update*** It’s been about four years since I wrote this post. The SSD is now in a newer MBP and running with no problems. This drive has really stood the test of time.