OC Z Vertex 4 SSD in Quad Core i7 MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by camelian, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. camelian macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2012
    Hi all,

    Has anyone successfully installed a new OC Z Vertex 4 SSD in a quad core i7 MacBook Pro? Specifically, I have an early 2011 2.2 GHz 15" MBP.

    I just got the Vertex 4 in and it recognizes/runs lion fine in a 13" C2D MacBook Pro but once I stick it in my 15" quad core, it doesn't even recognize the drive. I tried booting off a Lion install disk to run Disk Utility and it doesn't see the drive at all. I also had a Samsung 830 on hand to test and that runs fine.
  2. camelian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2012

    I've tried using the Vertex 4 512GB drive in the following computers with mixed results:

    YES 13" MacBook Pro 5,5 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo
    NO 15" MacBook Pro 8,2 2.2GHz Quad Core i7
    NO 15" MacBook Pro 6,2 2.4GHz Dual Core i5
    YES 15" MacBook Pro 5,4 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo

    Whenever it doesn't boot up in a system, the system doesn't even recognize it as a drive, whether mounted internally or connected externally through USB enclosure. All systems are fully up to date with firmware updates already done.
  3. chilly7 macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2012
    Did u contacted OSZ about this issue u are having?:)
    What did they say you?

    p.s. i am looking to buy the same SSD but for a new MacBook Pro and i want to be shure it will work well with it....
  4. /user/me macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    Based on the fact that it's not working with core i processors, it sounds very much like a firmware issue. A simple update should fix it :)
  5. camelian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2012
    I've submitted a ticket, I'll keep you posted on what they say
    In the mean time, the price has gone down more than $100 with a sale on NewEgg...
  6. camelian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2012
    Interesting..giving OC Z the same diagnosis that I posted here, the tech replied saying that it's a DOA and to setup replacement with NewEgg.

    Is there a way it would be partially DOA such that it works fine on C2D but not on Core i processors?
  7. macuserx86 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2006
    Could be some of the drives shipped with the wrong firmware (rather, earlier firmware) and they're going to quietly remedy it.

    I'm probably going to grab a 128GB one of these to replace the aging Vertex 2 in my MacBook Pro. The Mac Pro's lack of SATA 6 means it's left behind, plus the 128GB Vertex 2 is still fast enough. I wish there was a good 2.5" thunderbolt enclosure for my old 60GB Vertex 2 though; the thunderbolt enclosure options are... depressing.
  8. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    I would say that in this case, DOA is a pretty broad term. SSDs tend to be a little finicky, and this one in particular is acting very finicky. So, they want you to gt a different one. I suppose they figure it's not worth anyone's time to try to fix this one.

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