Is it safe to install an SSD with EFI 1.7? -- SSD + SL problems even without 1.7

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mazda 3s, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. Mazda 3s macrumors 6502

    Mazda 3s

    Oct 29, 2006
    I have a 13" MacBook Pro, and I have refused to upgrade to EFI 1.7 (even though updater keeps telling me to upgrade) because I had heard of problems with that firmware and SSDs.

    Now, I finally have a 128GB Patriot SSD coming in today and was wondering should I leave the current firmware on my notebook, or just go ahead and upgrade it to 1.7?
  2. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009
    don't put 1.7 if you want to use your Patriot SSD
  3. Some Guy 555 macrumors regular

    May 26, 2009
    I have heard far too many horror stories about people with non-apple hard drives installed and the EFI 1.7 firmware update rendered them unusable. Possibly to force more people to pay for there expensive hard drives?

    Do not update to 1.7. It is difficult to reverse it.
  4. Mazda 3s thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mazda 3s

    Oct 29, 2006
    Thanks for the replies guys. I'll install the SSD and Snow Leopard and forgo EFI 1.7. Hopefully Snow Leopard doesn't force install the update.
  5. glavoie84 macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2009
    I think it's a matter of luck. 13" MacBook Pro, EFI 1.7 installed, Intel X25-M 80GB (gen1) SSD and no problem. I've been running on this setup for 1.5 week with a lot of use.
  6. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    Its not safe to install EFI 1.7 period. The HDD incompatibility with it is huge so you run the risk of ruining your computer. Judging by benchmarks it also dramatically reduces performance of stock non-ssd apple drives. Its a horrible firmware.
  7. Ender17 macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2005
    I'm about to get a 15" MBP in matte and was considering putting my X25 in it
    guess I will avoid 1.7
  8. p3ncil macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2009
    i'm one of them...
  9. Mazda 3s thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mazda 3s

    Oct 29, 2006
    Well, I just tried to install Snow Leopard and that was a disaster -- I didn't even try to upgrade to EFI 1.7.

    1) First, I removed my 160GB HDD and installed the 128GB Patriot Torqx. I then loaded up the SL install upgrade DVD that I received from Apple yesterday for purchasing my MacBook Pro. I formatted the drive in the setup program and did a clean install.

    Everything seemed to go fine, but the progress bar stayed stuck at 29% for about an hour and wouldn't budge. I restarted the machine, reformatted the drive again, and same problem.

    2) I tried yet again and fell asleep during the night while it was working. I woke up this morning to find my system completely dead, fans spinning with no response from the keyboard. So I rebooted and tried a different approach.

    3) So I installed Leopard on the SSD (the DVD that came with my MacBook) and it installed fine. I then went to install the Applications DVD and it froze the machine up at 32%.

    4) So I got tired of all of this bullcrap and installed my old 160GB HDD and did a regular upgrade to Snow Leopard over my existing data -- no problems.

    So I guess there's an incompatibility with the Torqx drive and my MacBook even though I haven't even installed EFI 1.7?

    I know the SSD is working fine because I got it from my good buddy Anand who just finished up his exhaustive SSD article.
  10. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009
    it's been said a thousand times already

    the SSD to be most likely compatible with EFI 1.7 no matter which OS you have (Leopard or SL), is Intel X25

    you can return your Patriot and get a Postville ;)
  11. Mazda 3s thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mazda 3s

    Oct 29, 2006
    Yeah, but that doesn't make sense though. It's a SATA drive -- SATA is a standard. Any SATA drive should work, unless Apple doesn't adhere to SATA specifications.
  12. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009
    2 parts here: hardware (SATA specs) and software (firmware)

    it doesn't concern the SATA specs

    the firmware only recognized some third party HD and SSD

    you can sue Apple if you want

    this issue is known for 2 months now and Apple doesn't give a **** about it

    it's a way to force us buying expensive HD as options when ordering CTO mac :mad:
  13. Mazda 3s thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mazda 3s

    Oct 29, 2006
    Heh, I'm not gonna sue ;)

    But it is still a pretty sh***y thing to do to their customers. It shouldn't be that damn hard to get your SATA hardware/firmware working properly. I mean, we've all been running SATA drives for years now -- there's no reason why people should having problems with HDDs and SDDs that aren't exactly like the ones prescribed by Apple.
  14. Mazda 3s thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mazda 3s

    Oct 29, 2006
    Well, I got it to work -- for now.

    I used SuperDuper! to backup my 160GB HDD with Snow Leopard to my 128GB Torqx. Everything is working great and is SOO blazingly fast!!
  15. TripleJJJ macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Well done, I guess that's a trick to overcome the ssd compatibility problem with mac hardware.:)
  16. Mazda 3s thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mazda 3s

    Oct 29, 2006
    **Sigh** I just can't win. I keep getting random beach balling even with the 1.6 firmware.

    The system will get the spinning beach ball, the mouse will move, but the entire system is unresponsive. I can't access any applications and hitting command+option+escape doesn't respond either. It requires shutting down the system to fix it.

    I even tried doing a clean install of Snow Leopard (clean install on my HDD, then SuperDuper to my SSD, then Time Machine restore of documents/apps) and it still does it.

    This is really starting to piss me off.
  17. Harryc macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2006
    New York

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