We’ve had a number of questions here on the blog and elsewhere regarding our updater. We figured it would be best to simply put it all in one post, to address their concerns, as well as provide a resource for those looking for this information in the future.
First things first, we’d like to note that only customers who purchased their OWC SSD before March 18th, 2011 have any reason to download the current update application. Drives purchased after that date already have the most recent firmware and there is no benefit of an update at this time. Having said that, it is important to know that if/when a firmware update is needed in future, we now have this Mac friendly updater application in addition to the Windows update application we also provide.
This just so happens to be the first Mac-compatible updater for SandForce Powered SSDs, namely OWC’s series of SandForce Powered drives. The bootable disc runs a Linux-based interface that has been customized for our application. It starts up automatically, you point, click, and done.
We truly wanted an updater for our SSDs that would be application specific, Mac friendly, and extremely stable and simple to use. As the screenshots below illustrate, we’ve managed to accomplish that quite well.
As you can see, although updater is Linux-based, the process should be easily navigable for anybody who is familiar with OS X.
We started this project from scratch when SandForce didn’t offer Mac solution in a time line that we could accept for our customers. The firmware updater application was written by our team and has been under heavy testing for months—and this is just the starting point.
Additional support for all Mac models, as well as for our 6G drives, is expected very soon. We are very Mac-focused here and providing the best Mac options and support is without question. Of course, the Windows options remains available, as well.