Macbook Pro SSD Upgrage Not Recognized

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Kilobyte Kid

Macbook Pro SSD Upgrage Not Recognized

I just bought an SSD, MX300 275GB for my Macbook Pro Late 2011 model.  The SSD is not showing up in Disk Utility to reformat.  I purchased an MX200 250GB for my mid 2010 Macbook Pro and set up was seemless (about a year ago).  All forums are telling me to connect the SSD via Sata/USB to an operating laptop and reformat before installing to my Macbook Pro.  I will try this first and then move to other options, given there are others.  Can anyone please share if you've had this issue and have resolved it somehow.  Thank you!

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Kilobyte Kid

Re: Macbook Pro SSD Upgrage Not Recognized

Hi

I'm having problems with anMX500 SSD also in a  15' Mac Book Pro (2012) and have posted

about it, it works fine in external enclosures (Thunderbolt, USB 3.0) but fails to work properly

inside te Macbook pro on both SATA3 buses, they show up when formated externally but I get errors

(-50) when writing to them and Disk Utility says the disk needs repair but the repair fails.

I Also can't format them internally, I have 3 MX500 and tried everything that was suggested here and that

I could think of, so far without success.

my Macbook SATA3 buses are not the issues as far as I can tell since all works fine with Samsung SSD's connectd internally.

I'm about to contact Crucial tech support, I'll post info if I get anything new.

 

 

JEDEC Jedi

Re: Macbook Pro SSD Upgrage Not Recognized

Try resetting the PRAM and the SMC together and the order of this matters.   I forget which order this should be done, so I would first perform the PRAM reset making sure to hear the chime at least 3 times, then perform the SMC reset, then another PRAM reset (hear the chime at least 3 times), then see if the SSD is seen.

 

Years ago we had a third party SSD in an early gen MBAir and were told to do the two resets back to back in a certain order and it actually worked.    Doing them individually will not work.  Make sure the laptop does not try to begin booting any device in between these resets.

 

Worth a try anyway.

 

If you are using High Sierra (macOS 10.13), then a blank drive will not be seen by Disk Utility GUI.  In Disk Utility in the upper left corner select "Show All Drives/Devices".  Then quit Disk Utility and then relaunch it.   The blank drive should now be seen.

 

Try reseating the drive cable to the SSD & the Logic Board perhaps gently spraying it with compressed air.

 

Otherwise I am unaware of any issues or fixes for these two laptops.

JEDEC Jedi

Re: Macbook Pro SSD Upgrage Not Recognized

@HWTech, what do you think about EFI and SMC updates? 

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201518

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JEDEC Jedi

Re: Macbook Pro SSD Upgrage Not Recognized

Wow, I was trying to find that page a few weeks ago.   I thought they got rid of it completely since Apple is changing how firmware updates are released and applied.

 

It wouldn't hurt to check the firmwares.    However, if the OP has upgraded the OS those firmware updaters may not work and the OP may need to install the original OS on an external drive first.  

 

 

Kilobyte Kid

Re: Macbook Pro SSD Upgrage Not Recognized

I recieved my SATA to USB cord yesterday.  Connected my SSD to my Macbook Pro Mid 2010 that I had upgraded last year.  Got an error that said External Disk is unreadable, yet it still showed up in my Disk Utility.  I reformated it and then installed it into my Macbook Pro Late 2011 with a bootable High Sierra Install Disk and the SSD showed up.  This seemed to fix the issue and I was able to restore from a time machine from an external hard drive.  Everything is working fine now.  Thanks for the suggestions.

Bit Baby

Re: Macbook Pro SSD Upgrage Not Recognized

Just figured this out and thought I would share my approach. I popped the drive into my windows pc, formatted it with exfat. popped it back into mac and diskutility magically sees it now. erase the drive with GUID and install MacOS

Bit Baby

Re: Macbook Pro SSD Upgrage Not Recognized

I was just wondering if anyone had a fix for this yet?  I have spent hours trying to figure out the problem with no joy.  

 

When using a SATA to USB cable, I can boot it form the utility.  When I use it in another Mac, I can boot it no problem.  But as soon as I put the SSD into the MacBook 6.1 (A1342), it isn't read.  I thought the SATA cable may be issue, but the same cable works fine with the original HDD.  It just does not make sense.  Any help would be much appreciated

JEDEC Jedi

Re: Macbook Pro SSD Upgrage Not Recognized

I don't know that it's your problem but the fact the cable works with the original drive does not imply it will work with a modern SSD.  Apple introduced sata 3 around a certain date (I don't quite remember when but I think 2011-ish) but only seemed to use badly shielded cable that could only cope with sata 2.  So when used with supplied hard drives - they worked fine.  When you swapped them out for high speed SSD's they didn't work properly.

 

There was also an earlier period where they used an Nvidia chipset on the motherboards that later turned out to be flawed and unable to negotiate with sata 3 drives and would end up only able to function at sata 1 rather than the 2 it should have done (this affects PC's with the same hardware too).  But that would affect speed rather than the ability to actually work.

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JEDEC Jedi

Re: Macbook Pro SSD Upgrage Not Recognized


@bigfish196 wrote:

I was just wondering if anyone had a fix for this yet?  I have spent hours trying to figure out the problem with no joy.  

 

When using a SATA to USB cable, I can boot it form the utility.  When I use it in another Mac, I can boot it no problem.  But as soon as I put the SSD into the MacBook 6.1 (A1342), it isn't read.  I thought the SATA cable may be issue, but the same cable works fine with the original HDD.  It just does not make sense.  Any help would be much appreciated


targetbsp is correct the SSD may be uncovering a latent issue with the cable or an issue with the 3G SATA controller on the laptop (I believe it uses an NVidia chipset as well).   Just today I was listening to a YouTube video of a very knowledgable repair tech complaining about some Apple issues and he specifically mentioned the poor quality of the drive cables on Apple laptops since 2008.  I've never personally experienced any issues nor heard of the issue before except for the MBPro 13" (mid 2012) model.   

 

I only ever installed two SSDs into a MB (late 2009) unibody model which I believe is your laptop model and both were 3G SSDs.   I did install a BX300 into a MB (mid 2010) though which is just a minor upgrade, but we did a clean install/image for the OS on those systems.  I know that some used to only recommend 3G models in certain Apple systems (especially if they were installed in the optical drive bay) due to SATA controller issues with the laptop.   

 

 

Do an Option Boot to access Startup Manager and see if your SSD shows up & boots.   If this works go into System Preferences --> Startup Disk and select your SSD and click Restart to see if it now works.  If it does not work, then disconnect the battery and try reseating the drive cable on the Logic Board (try not to touch anything else but the cable).  Be very careful removing & handling the Bottom Case as the rubber can be easily pulled from the metal frame and become unusable. 

 

Can you do a clean install of OSX with the SSD mounted inside the laptop and does it work Ok?   If so, I would then use Migration Assistant to migrate your User Folder, settings and even your apps from your original drive.   Some proprietary software licenses may need to be reapplied afterwards (Office, Adobe, etc.).

 

What model SSD are you using?  OSX version?  FileVault enabled?   Were you following the Crucial instructions to clone the drive using Disk Utility or did you use another method?   

 

What actually happens when you boot with the SSD installed internally?    How far does it get during the boot and are any errors displayed?