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Boot some MacBook Pros via an ExpressCard solid state drive
Authored by: bweb79 on Jan 20, '10 06:55:45PM

Would like to update this post with my info. I bought the Wintec Filemate 48GB Express Card SSD.

I'm running a MacBook Pro 3,1 with Boot ROM MBP31.0070.B07. This is a Late 2007 MBP.

Don't know why people are having trouble formatting the SSD Drive. I had no trouble. Was able to format it in Disk Utility with no problem.

I can confirm that I can boot from the Express Card SSD with this version of the MBP. Everything is working great. I installed OSX on the SSD and then created a Symbolic Link for my "Users" folder to my internal hard drive. That's really it. I don't know if that is the right thing to do, but it is working great for me.

My only complaint is heat. Does anyone know of anything I can buy to reduce the heat of my MBP? Using iStat Menus, my CPU is constantly around 150 Deg F. During high CPU usage it will climb up to about 172 Deg F. The Filemate Web site suggests keeping the temp under 75 Deg C.

I have Coolbooks installed, and that has helped from the stock MBP temps (yes, they would get even hotter than that before).

Any recommended Cooling Pads? I had my eye on the new Logitech.,en

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Boot some MacBook Pros via an ExpressCard solid state drive
Authored by: petersconsult on Apr 27, '10 03:50:40PM

I doubt you'll see this, but i figured i'd try...

How did you make a SymbolicLink to the /Users folder on the HD?
Does this work without MacOS X seeing any difference?

i would need to do that with both the /Users and the /Applications folders, but there's no reason it wouldn't work if it works with the /Users folder, right?

About the heat issues:
If you don't mind a slightly higher fan noise, i urge you to use smcFanControl --find it here:

I have it set to 3000RPM as my default, it hardly makes any more noise than the Apple default, which is 2000RPM.

When i play a graphics-intensive game like X-Plane, i bump it to 5500RPM (almost max); that way it never gets hotter than 90C, and the cpu and video card have no reason to slow down out of heat concerns!

You have to choose: performance + a little noise *or* less noise=less performance...


Edited on Apr 27, '10 03:58:14PM by petersconsult

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