HELP with New PCIe Flash drive

snookergod

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May 22, 2012
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Hi guys,

I brought a new PCIe SSD drive for my 2013 Macbook Pro. After I have replaced it in my Mac and install new OS X El Capitan, the driver is showing as external drive rather than Hard Disk (as the way should be).

Anyone has same issue that I have? Any suggestion?

OS X works fine, actually everything is working ok. And I don't have eject option for this SSD drive. (Other external drive, I do have it as option). It's just annoy and I am sure this is not the way should be.

I have attached a screenshot as well.

Any suggestion or help will be appreciated.

Thanks
 

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keysofanxiety

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Nov 23, 2011
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Hi guys,

I brought a new PCIe SSD drive for my 2013 Macbook Pro. After I have replaced it in my Mac and install new OS X El Capitan, the driver is showing as external drive rather than Hard Disk (as the way should be).

Anyone has same issue that I have? Any suggestion?

OS X works fine, actually everything is working ok. And I don't have eject option for this SSD drive. (Other external drive, I do have it as option). It's just annoy and I am sure this is not the way should be.

I have attached a screenshot as well.

Any suggestion or help will be appreciated.

Thanks
This seems a common issue with the OWCs. The main consensus seems to be that any part which is not on the internal bus will be detected as external by OS X. It may be worth contacting their support team to see if they have any suggestions.
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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As keysofanxiety said, it probably has something to do with the fact that the drive (from OWC) is not Apple "original equipment" and I've read here that something in the way the OWC drive is constructed prevents it from "showing up" as an internal drive.

If it works fine, runs fast, just use it and don't worry about it...
 

MRxROBOT

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As keysofanxiety said, it probably has something to do with the fact that the drive (from OWC) is not Apple "original equipment" and I've read here that something in the way the OWC drive is constructed prevents it from "showing up" as an internal drive.

If it works fine, runs fast, just use it and don't worry about it...
It is because OWC's drive is configured as a RAID drive. It will always be seen as an external drive in your MacBook and because of this you can't run TRIM or Bootcamp.
 

r6mile

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Feb 3, 2010
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That's normal - it was the same when I used a Samsung 850 EVO drive on a OWC Accelsior PCIe card in a 3,1 cMP. Although when I created a 'fusion drive' between that and a 500GB SATA drive then the whole drive showed up as internal.
 

MRxROBOT

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That's normal - it was the same when I used a Samsung 850 EVO drive on a OWC Accelsior PCIe card in a 3,1 cMP. Although when I created a 'fusion drive' between that and a 500GB SATA drive then the whole drive showed up as internal.
I don't know the OPs intention with the drive but they won't get 'normal' functionality with the drive if they want to run Bootcamp as it is a RAID drive, but if all you meant is that it is normal for the OWC drive to show up that way then yes. They also can't create a fusion drive alongside a SATA drive within their MacBook as you did with your cMP so no chance of turning it into an internal drive.
 

r6mile

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Feb 3, 2010
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They also can't create a fusion drive alongside a SATA drive within their MacBook as you did with your cMP so no chance of turning it into an internal drive.
Good point - I thought the OP was talking about a Mac Pro not a MBP. But yes AFAIK this is a problem with the OWC drives.