04-03-2013 04:11 PM
I updated from an external CDROM eventually. I have 2 SSDs in the internal bays and am on a 2012/3 MacBook Pro (non retina).
Firstly, I tried a bootable USB key made using unetbootin (in Xubuntu). This would be detected by efi on boot but just went to black screen on selecting it as boot device.
I then tried making a CD from the same iso image and this had the same issue, refind would show it in the menu but it would then black screen after selecting it.
I then unplugged my exernal USB docking station (KB/Mouse/Network/Audio) from one of the USB ports and still got a black screen from the USB key, even after I had re-downloaded, reformatted and re-created the USB image using unetbootin.
In desperation, I tried the external CD again and it booted, detected the SSD's and allowed me to upgrade the 240G Extreme.
At no point were the CD or USB key plugged into the docking station, they were both inserted direct into the laptop. It seems that any other USB peripherals also plugged in at the same time as the boot device may well be the issue here.
Hope this helps anyone else struggling.
04-27-2013 02:40 AM
Hello, I am a bit confused does this update reset my drive to SATA 3.0. I bought this extreme as i need only super fast stuff fro my Alienware m 18x R2.
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04-29-2013 07:59 AM
this is the regular FW. it is SATA 3. if you are using a MB with an Nvidia MCP79 SATA chipset use the R211m FW download linked at the top of the board. r211m locks the SSD at SATA 2. If you used the SSD on a board with the MCP79 chipset and now want to reverse the SATA 2 lock use the r211m reversal FW linked in the r211m thread.
05-29-2013 02:29 AM - edited 05-29-2013 03:00 AM
@Tabashir: thanks for your helpful tips.
I have *finally* - after about a year of trying - managed to update the firmware. I could not get the CD to work even as you described. But by removing all the other USB devices, I was successfully able to get the USB stick to work. Hurrah!
But what a complete pain this has been. Sandisk = this is an object lesson as to how to frustrate and annoy your customers. The testing on your Sandisk Toolkit is inadequate (did you actually try burning a CD using it??? Where is the download stored?) And the instructions and help for Mac users is inadequate.
It does not make me feel inclined to buy another Sandisk SSD to be honest.