Troubles getting 2006 MacBook Pro to work with Intel SSD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bazookafx3, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. bazookafx3 macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2008
    Hello there everyone,
    It's been a while since I was last here but I've come to you guys requesting some help.

    I have a 2006 MacBook pro that I've been trying to install a new Intel X18-M 80Gb SSD in, to no avail.

    The main problem is that when I pop in the Leopard installer and boot up into it, the disk is not recognized by Disk Utility or even in System Profiler, same thing happens when I connect the SSD via USB while running OSX.

    I know the drive is not dead as I can see it in Windows and use it perfectly. I've tried formatting it to NTFS, FAT32, and HFS+ then putting it in the MacBook but it still refuses to see it. I made sure to set it as a GUID partition and I still see nothing in the Installer or even OSX.

    I know the drive is SATA II standard (3Gb/s) and my MacBook only has SATA I (1.5Gb/s) so I'm not sure if that means it's a lost cause or if I can do anything about it.

    Any help would be appreciated, thank you.
  2. Saturdays macrumors member


    Nov 18, 2010
    Somewhere in USA
    Have you tried upgrading firmware?

    Other than that, I see no reason why it won't work on yours, SATA 3.0gb/s should fall back on 1.5gb/s if 3.0 isn't available.

    I would try formatting it with GParted, though it may not be the solution its a powerful tool to manage disk drives and it may clear some sort of inconsistency.
  3. bazookafx3 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2008
    I actually have tried to upgrade the firmware but it tells me I have a "Pre-production firmware" and refused to let me upgrade.

  4. bazookafx3 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2008

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