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Boot some MacBook Pros via an ExpressCard solid state drive
Authored by: slswift on Dec 17, '09 09:16:08AM

Does anybody have any information on which MBPs have this capability? I have a MBP 2.33 GHz with ExpressCard (I think that is model MBP 2,2). This would be VERY tempting to me.

Thanks,
Spencer



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Boot some MacBook Pros via an ExpressCard solid state drive
Authored by: robg on Dec 17, '09 09:24:59AM

According to System Profiler, mine's a "4,1" version. Its Boot ROM is 41.00C1.B03. I don't know, though, at what point the capability was added.

Worst case, it works as a fast hard drive, which isn't all bad, but not nearly as nice as booting from it.

-rob.



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Boot some MacBook Pros via an ExpressCard solid state drive
Authored by: magicite on Jan 04, '10 12:00:04PM

I've got this exact model (2,2) and have the 48GB unit. It works perfectly. I posted a review on newegg a few weeks back that comments on a few minor issues I had.



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Boot some MacBook Pros via an ExpressCard solid state drive
Authored by: porg on Oct 05, '13 02:54:37PM
I own a MacBookPro2,2 15'' 2.16 Ghz (Model A1211, Late 2006) Boot-ROM: MBP22.00A5.B07, SMC: 1.12f5. I successfully use an AKE eSATA ExpressCard BC338 with it and can boot from an attached eSATA drive, as reported at the Mac Rumors Forum. Would an ExpressCard with an onboard SSD module be bootable with this my machine as well?

I have the suspicion: YES, because if at boot time my MBP's firmware can access the ExpressCard interface for booting, then I guess it will not be much difference wether the storage element is externally connected (eSATA) or built right into the ExpressCard (SSD module). But often the devil is in the detail! Thus I ask! Experiences/hints/recommendations/benchmarks appreciated! Thanks!

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