10-14-2013 11:01 AM
Has anyone succeeded in upgrading to the most recent firmware? I boot from CD and get a blank screen (black). When I hit option at bootup my choices are the SSD, Recovery and a CD called Windows. I assume it is the CD I have to boot from and after a few seconds I get a black screen.
Woulc appreciate any help. USing a Mac Mini late 2011
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10-15-2013 06:26 AM
I've just done the MU-03 firmware update for my M500 SSD's on a MacPro. It wasn't easy, but it does fix the slow boot time issue (at least for me).
If ytou've already downloaded the firmware update you should have a file called
Using Disk Utility, burn this file onto a blank CD using the Restore option.
Put this into your Mac drive and power down. Power up holding the C key down, release it as soon as you get the Crucial black screen. If a row of cccccc's appear, backspace delete them. The Firmware upgrade should then automatically open. Follow the instructions carefully (type yes when prompted and hit return ). If you have more than one SSD, it completes the first then asks again if you want to update the second.
Once everything is complete, hold down the power button to reset the computer. Power up as usual and if necessary re-select the SSD as boot drive from System Prefs.
Crucial should really make this process more Mac friendly. I eventually found the instructions after chasing a lot of dead ends. The PDF they point you to is useless as it relates to Windows.
10-15-2013 06:41 AM - edited 10-15-2013 06:48 AM
That is precisely what I have done, except restoring to CD (disk utility does not accept blank CD as a restore destination). When booting from CD all I get is a blank screen. I also used the method by pressing option and choosing the CD as boot device. Screen goes blank.
Tried it on 2 systems and get same results.
Downloaded and burned 6 CDs to make sure no glitch. Same results.
10-15-2013 08:14 AM
After having contacted Crucial (their solution is to take apart my mac mini and install on a windoze computer , which I got rid of in 2006), I decided to unplug all external drives. This worked. Update worked correctly.
If having the same problem, just unplug all external devices, except CD drive and it should work.
10-15-2013 09:06 AM
Thank you for letting us know that you were able to resolve the issue you were experiencing with updating the firmware by unplugging your external drives. I am happy that you were able to update everything properly. Please let us know if you have any other questions or issues.
11-23-2013 09:37 AM
So I borrowed my wife's computer with CD-Drive, and I got it to Boot in DOS using the .iso file upgrader, but can I upgrade the Crucial M500 SSD when using it in an external USB enclosure copnnected to this computer? Or does it have to be the main hard drive on the computer? The DOS updater says "No eligible SSDs were found"
I also have a Newer Technology Voyager USB 3.0/eSata/FW800 dock. Would that work?
11-23-2013 09:24 PM - edited 11-23-2013 09:33 PM
Usualy firmware updates can only be performed if the drive is connected to the internal SATA port. I can think of a number of reasons why this wouldn't work via USB, the most likely culprit being able to send specific commands via SATA that are just not available via USB, but that would be speculation on my part.
If possible you should attach the drive to a SATA port.