Intel SSD Firmware Help

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by KarmaPolice, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. KarmaPolice macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2010
    Hi everyone. I'm in the "waiting for Arrandale" camp and am considering one of the intel SSD's. All of the reviews suggest updating the firmware. I'm not too experienced with computers and would like some information on what that process involves. Aside from that, I would also like to know the easiest way to transfer the files on the default HDD to the SSD. I will likely use the SSD as the main drive (i don't use too many files), and the HDD for additional storage.

    So questions...

    1. If anyone knows of any walkthroughs of how to update the firmware and get the SSD up and running, could you give me some links?

    2. What is the best way to transfer all of the default stuff on the HDD to the SSD? I've heard this being referred to as "cloning" the HDD and would appreciate the best ways to do it, any necessary programs, etc.

    thanks for any help...
  2. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Ice Dragon

    Jun 16, 2009
    From what I have read, you download the firmware as an .iso and burn it to a CD and run it that way.
  3. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    That's right. The Intel firmware updater is pretty simple and straightforward.

    @Op, do you have time machine running? I suggest just restore from a time machine backup instead of cloning.
  4. jawa12083 macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2010
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    What a waste if a cd!! Is there no way to use a USB flash drive for this?
  5. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    Feel free to use a CD-RW.
  6. KarmaPolice thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2010
    I don't currently have a Mac. I'm in the "waiting for arrandale" camp. I'm assuming time machine just makes a backup. Do i make that backup on the SSD?

    Also i guess I'm assuming the firmware should come first.
  7. amanset macrumors member

    May 10, 2005

    Unfortunately there is no Mac version. I guess in theory you could compile the Linux version, but it'd probably be easier in the long run to use the Windows version via Wine or a virtualised Windows install.

    Of course you could also do that in a virtualised Linux install as well. *slaps head*
  8. fehhkk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    When I updated mine, not sure exactly what I was missing, but I was burning the .iso to a CD, then trying to boot off of it. I couldn't make the MBP boot off that CD.

    So, I just put the SSD into my work laptop (an HP 8530w), and updated the firmware that way.
  9. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    I believe there were some reported issues with the nvidia chipset used in the uMBP, wheras it worked fine with the first gen Macbook Pros.
  10. undisturbed316 macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2010
    Anyone figure out a way around this? I installed the Intel SSD X-25 160gb G2 in my new 2010 13" Macbook Pro and made a CD out of the new firmware, But when the update was running and got to the point of detecting the new SSD, it was unable to find any.

    Btw, i am currently posting with the new MBP using the Intel SSD
  11. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Those two issues may have nothing to do with each other.
  12. undisturbed316 macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2010
    nvm, got it to work! just tried burning the cd again, worked 2nd time around

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