Macbook pro 17" 2009 SSD not available for install.

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Macbook pro 17" 2009 SSD not available for install.

Ok so I have an older MacBook Pro and I have a SSD drive that I know works great as a external but when I put it in my laptop as the internal drive it is not available when I put my OS disk in. I don't get it. I've tried formatting it and I've tried other drives in the same laptop and they will work. Like I said, I can take it out and plug it in as an external and it works fine. I'm so confused. Can anyone help?
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JEDEC Jedi

Re: Macbook pro 17" 2009 SSD not available for install.

Is the firmware on the SSD up to date?

 

How about the SMC & BootROM firmware on the MBPro?  You can check here to see if it is up to date.   FYI, the Apple firmware updaters will only work on the original version of OSX which shipped with the laptop.  It will not run using a later  major version so you would need to install the original OS to an external drive to update the firmware.

 

You could try reseating the hard drive cable on the Logic Board.  The cable could also be bad.  Some other posts on these forums mention issues with certain SSDs and NVidia chipsets.

 

I also know another Mac centric site recommends using only a 3G SSD (SATA II locked speeds of 3Gb/s) on some older Apple systems as the Apple SATA controllers cannot always negotiate the speed automatically.  Apple only designed the system to work with their own original components.