My crucial M4 512 Gb SSD drive arrived today. I had my mid 2010 MacBook Pro 13 inch running Mountain lion 10.8.2 completely backed up with several other LaCie hard drive backups. I put the 512 Gb SSD into a transcend SATA USB housing. I plug this into the MacBook Pro using one USB as well as two USB plugs. Since it seemed to work fine with just one USB plug that's how I first formatted it using Disk Utility and then I ran a SuperDuper! backup. It took about seven hours to fully backup and make a bootable copy with about 335 Gb loaded. After this was completed I was able to copy files onto it and then still connected with USB booted my MacBook from this. Even connected with USB it was notably faster in opening programs like Word and Excel.
I then shut down my MacBook and plugged the Transcend housing with the Crucial SSD into my eight-year-old PowerBook G4 12 inch. I changed the name so that it would be identical to the hard drive I had on my MacBook. (I had originally called it a slightly different name then the main internal 5400 RPM hard drive on my MacBook Pro. But now I wanted to change it and make it the exact same name because I was going to put it inside the MacBook Pro). I ejected this but then decided to plug it back in just to check to see if it was faster on the PowerBook as well even though of course I wouldn't be able to boot from it. At this time it was not recognized by the PowerBook. I took it over to the MacBook Pro and it was also not recognized with either one or two USB plugs for power. Disk utility did not see this SSD– it was like it was not there.
Nonetheless I said let me try to put it inside the MacBook Pro because it's perhaps something to do with the transcend housing circuitry. I did that it was very easy to do but nothing. It was not seen by the MacBook Pro and even though I tried three times to start it I never even saw the Apple sign nothing it just sat there up to 10 minutes.
I took it out and put the original 500 Gb 5400 RPM Seagate internal drive and everything works perfectly. But of course not the SSD drive that seems to be dead even though I have 335 Gb a very personal data on this drive.
So what happened? Did the PowerBook somehow "burnout" the SSD drive?? I purchased this through Amazon in France, I live in Belgium but I think this has a three-year warranty I guess I just have to figure out who to send it back to. And also how to erase this drive because I have passwords and many other things on this drive.
I am willing to try anything to try to get this drive to be recognized. I appreciate any and all comments, including, if I have to send it back, how I can erase the data which I believe is on there. And is this just a fluke? Why did it work for seven hours and then suddenly fail to be recognized?
Thanks for any comments I am just shaking my head in disbelief. A week ago my friend and I took an exact similar Crucial M4 512 SSD and put it in his six-year-old iMac. It worked perfectly and has worked perfectly for him all week and that encouraged me to order one and it was fine the first seven hours. What happened??
I feel completely lost and sick to the stomach.
9 March 2013