Hi, ***** FURTHER UPDATE: 02/17/12 After successfully installing Lion on my MacPro including Office 2011 and its updates, I clearly am dealing with a bad 6G Electra SSD from OWC or there is something more serious going on with the controllers on these drives in MacBook Pros. I have only a limited experience with SSD drives (I have had one other in a Mac pro for 2 years - Crucial M225) and have not seen one die before. I just assumed the drive would be slow, or you simply couldn't read a file or two. I had not realized that there was a possibility of the drive becoming a brick. Not sure what to make of it all, but it certainly was unsettling. ********** This post has been modified by me Doug. The issue is still the same - a new 6G SSD Electra drive from OWC became bricked in a new refurbished MacBook 8,2 (from Apple) during an installation process. Its very possible that I just had a bum drive or perhaps the refurbished MacBook Pro is off. However, the drive was working perfectly for about 12 hours, so something happened: Macbook issue, installer triggered something in the controller, bad something in the drive that destroyed the device so it is no longer even operates as a drive. I still leave this as a WARNING because I know drives fail, but if they become bricked, there is something terribly wrong. Thanks Doug If its a problem with OWC, so be it, but lets find out if its a trend or just I am unlucky. Please note in the article below, the only real evidence I have to 'fault' Microsoft is Cynthia, the tech from OWC, who thinks she sees a pattern. Many here disagree and perhaps they are right, but hopefully we will gather enough evidence with this post to determine things. ******************** Just wanted to let you know of a infrequent yet critical issue with Microsoft Office 2011 and 6G Electra drives from OWC that I just confirmed with OWC technical support. How I got here: - I just bought a new Macbook Pro with Lion. - Before swapping drives, did all updates to 10.7.3 and EFI. - Putting the OWC's 6G Electra in an external case, created two partitions, 1 Gig and 119 Gigs. GUID, HFS+ Journaled (both partitions) - Ran Recovery Assistant on the 1 gig partition. - Using SuperDuper, cloned the internal drive to the large partition on the SSD Drive. - Swapped Drives. Booted no problem, and with holding option down, could boot into recovery partition as well. - Installed a whole bunch of software. Photoshop, FCP7, 1Password, Dropbox, YouSendit and more. - From Microsoft's website, downloaded a trial version of Office 2011. - Installed everything except Outlook, Remote access, and Messenger. - Ran the MS updater. - MS updater updated the updater. - New MS updater downloaded the latest update (14.xx.xx) - I went away to dinner to let the updater do its business, and when I came back, spinning beach ball. Although the trackpad moved the pointer, couldn't click on anything and couldn't force quit. So I powered down with the power button. (PS, no one else was in the house except my wife, so no one touched the computer.) - Upon reboot, only had gray screen, no Apple ever came up, not even Internet recovery. - Rebooted, with option held down, and only Internet Recovery was listed. (no recovery partition.) - Rebooted from a USB install dongle, Disk Utility could not see any drives. (well I think it might have seen the 1 gig recovery Partition, but couldn't do anything with it.) - I took the SSD drive out of the Macbook Pro and hooked it up with first a Newer Voyager external box, a Newer USB 2.0 swiss army knife, and then an external USB case and tried these on both an iMac and a MacPro Long story short, the drive was more or less BRICKED! - Disk Utility didn't even see a drive connected. During all my plugging it in and out a few times, finally one time, Disk Utility saw the SSD drive, but I couldn't even partition it. - After plugging and unplugging a few more times with no success, the drive did mount on the Desktop, and I ran Verify from Disk Utility, and it said it fixed it. However, I still could not partition the disk. - Ran Disk Warrior 4.4, and it scanned and rebuilt the File Directory memory, but when it went to write it to disk, it got about 10% in and hung. Now I first thought that perhaps I just got a bad drive from OWC. However, when I called OWC Tech support this morning and talked to Cynthia, it clicked for her. This is the third one bricked in two days running Office 2011. Just yesterday, she had spent 45 minutes with a woman trouble shooting a white screen freeze who had a OWC 6G and had been installing MS Office 2011. Funny thing is, this is not a problem with the stock Toshiba 5400RPM drive as I put that back in the Macbook Pro and I installed Office 2011 with update on that. (Did this before I called OWC tech.) So not sure if this issue is limited to on OWC 6G Sandforce issues or all SSD drives with recovery partition. But BE WARNED.