We know you’ve been asking for it and we’ve been hard at work on it. Now, we can proudly say that OWC has the industry’s first (and only)Mac-compatible firmware updater for SandForce Driven Solid State Drives. It’s available for download from our site for use with select OWC Mercury SSDs manufactured after January 2010.
While we’ve offered firmware updates since Spring 2010 to recently, they’ve only been offered via a Windows-based uploader and required a Boot Camp installation to work properly with your Mac. Now, though, that dependency is gone. All you need to do is download the updater from our site, burn it to a DVD, and boot from that DVD to launch the point-and-click interface. Right now, this utility is only for our 3G SSDs which utilize the SF1200 series processor. We should have an updater for our Mercury 6G series (SF 2200 series processor) in a few weeks.
To use the firmware updater, you’ll need the following:
- A compatible Intel-based Mac:
- Late 2008 – Mid 2010 MacBook Pro (Model ID: MacBookPro5,1 – MacBookPro7,1)
- 2009-2010 Mac Pro (Model ID: MacPro4,1 – MacPro5,1)
- 2009-2010 iMac (Model ID: iMac11,2 – iMac11,3)
- 2008-2009 MacBook Air (Model ID: MacBookAir2,1)
- A supported OWC SSD:
- Mercury EXTREME Pro
- Mercury EXTREME Pro 3G
- Mercury EXTREME Pro RE
- Mercury EXTREME Pro 3G RE
- Mercury Aura Pro MBA
- Internal or External CD/DVD Drive
- Blank DVD media
Support for more model Macs (especially earlier model Mac Pros (ModelID MacPro1,1 – MacPro3,1) and the current batch of 2011 Macs) is on its way. When we have it, we’ll announce it both here on the OWC Blog and on the Firmware Updater download page.
UPDATE – 9/2/11
We’ve posted some screen shots and more details regarding our updater in a separate post. Check it out for more information.