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Boot some MacBook Pros via an ExpressCard solid state drive
Authored by: i99domgr on Jan 10, '10 01:48:42AM

Thanks for the review and all the comments on this interesting topic for all of us trying to speed up worklflows ;)

I bought the Filemate SoligGo Wintec 48GB SSD express after reading your article Rob!
However I cannot seem to get SL to format the thing in order to complete installation of OSX 10.6.
Currently running on a MBP 5.1, 2.53GH, 10.6.2 and so on. I have spent hours trying to format this drive and nada! I tried formatting it using the mini USB then reinserting it to the slot and I usually get the message that it couldn't be mountable...
When I reboot with the OSX SL installation disc the problems remains - the furthest i got was to see the installation process begin on the SolidGo (indicating approx 25 min to finish) but it never got by this stage at all...the progress bar never left the initial little blue mark at the very beginning of the indicator...had to reboot the machine...

Now I can only format the drive connecting it to the miniUSB and then reinserting it to the slot - it is then recognized. I cannot format/ersae or do anything with it through disk utility while being inserted in the express slot...!!!???

HELP!!! What should I do???

regards /Dom



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Boot some MacBook Pros via an ExpressCard solid state drive
Authored by: chiquet on Mar 15, '10 12:34:23AM

Currently running on a MBP 5.1, 2.53GH, 10.6.2 and so on.

I have exactly the same problem. It seems to be a problem with the SATA interface, because the SSD works perfectly over the USB interface. Could it be a drivers issue?

Would be great if the pros could help.
The disk shows up correctly if in the expresscard slot using diskutil, but not in the finder nor in the Disk Utility. No issues over USB.



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