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SanDisk Guru
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Re: SanDisk Extreme SSD Firmware R211m download for for MacBook and MacBook Pros based on NVidia MCP

use the regular firmware R211

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Re: SanDisk Extreme SSD Firmware R211m download for for MacBook and MacBook Pros based on NVidia MCP

I have an early 2008 Macbook Pro with an Intel ICH8-M AHCI SATA controller. It shows link speed as  1.5 Gb. Would I need to install this firmware?

 

Thanks.

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Re: SanDisk Extreme SSD Firmware R211m download for for MacBook and MacBook Pros based on NVidia MCP

you can try it. the firmware will pin the ssd as a SATA II device. Once this is done it will only work at SATA II no matter what computer you put it in. You can always reflash the firmware with the regular version to set it back to normal. 

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Re: SanDisk Extreme SSD Firmware R211m download for for MacBook and MacBook Pros based on NVidia MCP

I guess there would be no harm in trying. Thanks for confirming. I'll report back if there are any undesired results.

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Registered: ‎12-11-2012

Re: SanDisk Extreme SSD Firmware R211m download for for MacBook and MacBook Pros based on NVidia MCP

Thank you. This is great and works perfectyly for me on my MacBook Pro 17" medio 2009.

The FW was quite hard to find though - I have looked at many forums - and on SanDiss homepage - but found it my 1001st forum I looked at.

That doesn’t matter now - it works! 

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Re: SanDisk Extreme SSD Firmware R211m download for for MacBook and MacBook Pros based on NVidia MCP

I have the same Macbook, a 13', Mid 2010, the R211 doesn't work for me, so I use this one, the R211m version and now it works!, take a look: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s44/sh/31605464-ac3d-42c5-99e4-d615bc24b773/f1ca751ec228ace70ef224a0c...

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Re: SanDisk Extreme SSD Firmware R211m download for for MacBook and MacBook Pros based on NVidia MCP

Hi,

Im using a Macbook Unibody Late 2009 and recently this year I upgraded from an HDD to a Sandisk Extreme SSD240G. The speeds are extremely fast with the standard firmware on the drive.

 

 

Next, I decided to do a fimware update to get 3gb negociated link speeds using the R211m firmware. Originally, with the nVidia chipset before the new firmware, the link speed was only 1.5gb yet it was still fast and showed no lagg so I wanted to see if it would get faster with 3gb link speeds.

 

 

Since the update, BlackMagic benchmark apps shows that  my read and write speeds have doubled. 

However from use and my owm comparison, I feel like there is a little lagg when I open my applicatioons. The updated SSD actually seems slower than what it was with the old firmware.

 

Even though the negociated link speeds went from 1.5gb to 3gb, there is a bit of lag and delay with the new update. 

 

Is there a reason for this? Will there be new updates? Thanks   

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Re: SanDisk Extreme SSD Firmware R211m download for for MacBook and MacBook Pros based on NVidia MCP

see anwer in other thread. there is no need to double post. basically if your link speed is not 3Gb and the benchmark doubled there is no reason you should feel lag. 

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Re: SanDisk Extreme SSD Firmware R211m download for for MacBook and MacBook Pros based on NVidia MCP

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hi all, 

 

i'm running a mid-2009 17" MBP. have purchased my extreme SSD 240GB - ready for installation now.

 

first of all, i understand the firmware upgrade is best done before installing or cloning the OS - has anyone had issues doing it afterwards? (either way, i will of course have a backup.)

 

i also understand the firmware upgrade will not work if connected externally - as in, the SSD needs to be connected directly to the motherboard through the SATA in order to upgrade.

 

please correct me if i'm wrong on those points.

 

must the update be done with a CD/DVD of the saved image file or is there another safe way of doing this? perhaps a USB flash drive?

 

also, if the CD/DVD option is the only reliable one, what does it mean by 'burn the saved image file to a CD/DVD' - is the saved image file simply the enzo-r211m-240gb.iso file I downloaded? or do I need to extract something in particular from that file?

 

 

many thanks!

 

 

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Re: SanDisk Extreme SSD Firmware R211m download for for MacBook and MacBook Pros based on NVidia MCP


phased wrote:

hi all, 

 

I'm running a mid-2009 17" MBP. Have purchased my extreme SSD 240GB - ready for installation now.

 

first of all, I understand the firmware upgrade is best done before installing or cloning the OS - has anyone had issues doing it afterwards? (either way, I will of course have a backup.)

 

It does not really matter when you do it. It can be before or after install of OS. If you clone make sure your cloning software supports 4k disk alignment. If you have not installed the OS yet it would be easiest to do the FW upgrade first. 

 

I also understand the firmware upgrade will not work if connected externally - as in, the SSD needs to be connected directly to the motherboard through the SATA in order to upgrade.

 

Correct it will need to be connected internally. 

 

please correct me if I'm wrong on those points.

 

must the update be done with a CD/DVD of the saved image file or is there another safe way of doing this? Perhaps a USB flash drive?

 

You can put it on a USB drive but since the SSD toolkit is not supported on MAC you will need a third party program like Power ISO (not sure if there is a MAC version of Power ISO either but that is the type of app you would need)

 

also, if the CD/DVD option is the only reliable one, what does it mean by 'burn the saved image file to a CD/DVD' - is the saved image file simply the enzo-r211m-240gb.iso file I downloaded? or do I need to extract something in particular from that file?

 

The ISO is all you need do not extract anything. Just burn the ISO as a disk image. Instructions can be found at the link below for MAC. 

 

Burning disk image in mac

 

 

many thanks!

 

 


Make sure you have one of the MAC with Nvidia MCP79 Chipset before using this firmware. This firmware is only for computers running that SATA chipset. It will lock the SSD to SATA 2 speed and currently this can't be reversed. 

 

Check SATA chipset MAC (this is for checking firmware of SSD but SATA chipset info is at the top above SATA link speed)

 

If you do not have Nvidia MCP79 chipset use the regular manual firmware upgrade instructions and ISO posted at the top of this board.