OCZ Vertex Plus SSD vs. MacBook

After the HD in my old (2006) white MacBook started making funny noises I decided – despite its age, as it is still working fine otherwise – to upgrade it to an SSD. The OCZ Vertex Plus 240GB seemed like a good choice at a reasonable price.

However, while both a Time Machine restore and a new OS X Snow Leopard installation ran fine, the disk was not in a bootable state afterwards. This is where I had to learn that these days you need to apply updates to hardware before being able to use it… Bumping the firmware from 3.02 to 3.55 using the firmware updater found at http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/OCZ_Vertex_Plus/ did the trick.

Using Disk Utility, burn the Firmware Updater ISO to a CD/DVD, reboot, hold Option until the boot device selection comes up and apply the firmware update. Reboot, and the disk should be working fine.

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3 Responses to OCZ Vertex Plus SSD vs. MacBook

  1. Leo says:

    Tried this procedure, on same type of MB (1.1 with SATA 1), multiple times without any success.
    Used .ISO CD created with Toast as well as Apple’s Disk Utilities (at 4 x writing speed).
    But after rebooting + Alt key, I get always the message “no bootable device – insert boot disk and press any key”.

    Any suggestion/advice?

  2. Pix says:

    I too have tried this and the boot cd does show up after a reboot, oddly named “Windows”. Once clicked the machine seems to freeze… the mouse no longer reacts etc.

    Any ideas?

  3. neal says:

    didnt work with my macboock black coreduo 1.1, i think its to do with the efi being 32 bit and not 64bit core2duo, i had to just send mine back as it was unusable with my mb with firmware 3.5……

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