Drive failure, optibay SSD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by paolo-, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. paolo- macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    Hi, I have an early 2011 15" MBP (2.0GHz). I swapped the DVD drive for an SSD with a tray I bought on eBay (or was it Amazon...). I had my primary boot partition on it. My original HDD was partitioned, one partition as a clone of the SSD and one being the original mac install that came with the computer, I would put my large files there as well but I never removed the Mac OS install from it.

    So, yesterday, I had lots of programs open as I was finishing up a project and uploading code to my Arduino to wrap thing up. Suddenly, my computer froze. The interface started to become unreactive... I thought the Arduino messed something up so I rebooted my computer. I took a really long time and it ended up booting in the original mac partition. In finder, my SSD was no where to be found...

    Luckily I had kept that partition in place as I was on a super tight deadline, I downloaded my code off Dropbox and I didn't loose a second of work and I was able to finish every thing. If this can be a lesson to anyone with an optibay system, keep a bootable cloned partition in your secondary drive. It's quite amazing, I just lost 10 minutes total on this. Having a backup is nice but having a backup installed in your computer is even better.

    Getting back to my problem, as I was restarting my computer today, the drive appeared, it didn't yesterday. However, it seems to be corrupt in some way. As the computer booted up, it told me something along the lines that it found a drive but couldn't do anything with it and opened up Disk Utility. In there, Repair Disk is greyed out. My only option at this time seems to be to erase it. However, I have quite a bit of stuff that hasn't been backed up properly on it, so I'd like to try to recover it.

    This is what the diskutil command gives me.

    louis-leblancs-macbook-2:~ louisleblanc$ diskutil list
    0: GUID_partition_scheme *500.1 GB disk0
    1: EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1
    2: Apple_HFS Macintosh HD 371.8 GB disk0s2
    3: Apple_HFS ssdback 127.9 GB disk0s3
    0: FDisk_partition_scheme *128.0 GB disk1
    1: 0xEE 128.0 GB disk1s1
    louis-leblancs-macbook-2:~ louisleblanc$ diskutil info /dev/disk1
    Device Identifier: disk1
    Device Node: /dev/disk1
    Part Of Whole: disk1
    Device / Media Name: M4-CT128M4SSD2 Media

    Volume Name:
    Escaped with Unicode:

    Mounted: No

    File System: None

    Partition Type: FDisk_partition_scheme
    Bootable: Not bootable
    Media Type: Generic
    Protocol: SATA
    SMART Status: Not Supported

    Total Size: 128.0 GB (128035676160 Bytes) (exactly 250069680 512-Byte-Blocks)
    Volume Free Space: Not Applicable

    Read-Only Media: No
    Read-Only Volume: Not applicable (no filesystem)
    Ejectable: No

    Whole: Yes
    Internal: Yes
    OS 9 Drivers: No
    Low Level Format: Not Supported

    I'll try to see if I have any more luck recovering the files using a Mountain Lion USB key. Next, I'll try a booting with an Ubuntu live USB. I've had some success reading corrupt mac file systems with it that mac os would have none of.

    Anyone has a suggestion on how to recover this? What do you think caused it?

    Could it be a bad physical connection? After all the drive wasn't showing up yesterday and now it is. Could it be that it just degraded so badly that it just died on me? I hadn't checked my disk usage but I'm fairly sure there was at least 20GB free on the drive. Though in the past, on a previous install of mac os on the same drive, I know I've got it dangerously close to full like 2 to 4 GB left. Though this doesn't seem likely as I would expect it to degrade the drive rather than lock it up. I'm also suspecting the Arduino might have had something to do with it. It could also have been just mac os being silly and corrupting the filesystem on its own.
  2. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    It is a well known issue, see the quote below from OWC, lots of related posts here on MacRumors too. Switch the SSD to the original HD bay and put the HD in the optical bay. May just boot up if your system didn't get hosed.

    Partially quoted from OWC's HP:

    "Special compatibility notes related to use of this product with 6Gb/s SSDs in the following machines:
    2011 MacBook Pro 15" (Model ID MacBookPro8,2)
    2011 MacBook Pro 17" (Model ID MacBookPro8,3)
    • OPTICAL BAY: The optical bay interface in these machines may either be SATA Revision 2.0 3Gb/s OR SATA Revision 3.0 6Gb/s. There is no way to specify/order this data interface with Apple, but you can confirm what interface/link speed version your optical bay offers via the Apple System Profiler.

Testing has demonstrated that Apple factory hardware does not reliably support a 6G (6Gb/s) Solid State Drive or Hard Disk Drive in the optical bay of 2011 MacBook Pros (ModeI ID8,1; 8,2; 8,3). :eek: If your OWC Data Doubler bundle comes with a 6G drive, you should ONLY install that drive in the main drive bay and utilize the Data Doubler to re-task your existing drive or install a new 3G SSD or HDD in the optical bay. PRE-2011 models can utilize a 6G drive in the optical bay, but will do so at a reduced 3G (3Gb/s) speed. 


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