For a Samsung 840 pro (Mac Mini 2011 primary boot with firmware DXM03B0Q.), I have tried the following, to upgrade to DXM04B0Q firmware (Dec 13, 2012)....
1. Create a USB boot from Samsung SSD Magician v3.2.1. Error - "No HDD EBIOS".
2. VMs (like VMware Fusion) do not see the SSD, but just a volume. Cannot Update.
3. Create a CD boot from Samsung Magician. Not recognised by the Mac Mini as bootable. Tried with Multiple CDs, which are perfectly readable in OS X and Linux.
4. Tried 'Target Fire Wire Mode' as both Target and Host. Cannot see the SSD, but just the volume where OS X is installed. Cannot update.
5. Using http://derek.chezmarcotte.ca/?p=188 and building my own FreeDOS (1.0 and 1.1) which has issues with the DSRDGUI0.EXE not working. It generates an error.
6. Bootcamp seems to be the best alternative, but requires a Windows install and Bootcamp does not make it easy. There is no support for external disks in ML and requires Windows 7.
It has been a frustrating experience so far.
Message was edited by: Loner T
A little more research on this subject....
The issue referred to item #3 is discussed here.
Quite a few comments here as well....
So Bootcamp or the ability to remove the SSD, update it and put it back in a Mac seems to be the only route right now. . Perhaps Samsung can develop a Mac updater which would be a .
I had to update a Kingston SSD. I pre-placed the updater stuff at top-level on a drive. I booted up from an IsoLinux CD, then had to type in a "Terminal" window:
When I did that, instead of trying to run the Updater under the Linux GUI, it was able to see the drive and updated fine.
Grant Bennet-Alder wrote:
You are right, of course. I was trying to suggest this as a concept plan to try, not as a recipe.
In my case, when I ran the Kingston updater under the Linux GUI, it could see no SSD drives at all. When I ran it with Sudo, it looked the same, but found Internal SSD drives immediately.
The Samsung SSD use a DOS executable unfortunately. I will check when I get home.
The CD version fails/hangs. No Joy...
Intel 6 Series Chipset:
Product: 6 Series Chipset
Link Speed: 6 Gigabit
Negotiated Link Speed: 6 Gigabit
Description: AHCI Version 1.30 Supported
Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series:
Capacity: 256.06 GB (256,060,514,304 bytes)
Model: Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series
Serial Number: X12RNEACB32050X
Native Command Queuing: Yes
Queue Depth: 32
Removable Media: No
Detachable Drive: No
BSD Name: disk1
Medium Type: Solid State
TRIM Support: No
Bay Name: Lower
Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
Capacity: 209.7 MB (209,715,200 bytes)
BSD Name: disk1s1
Capacity: 255.2 GB (255,200,751,616 bytes)
Available: 242.04 GB (242,042,028,032 bytes)
File System: Journaled HFS+
BSD Name: disk1s2
Mount Point: /
Volume UUID: C4D7A149-DCD1-384C-BCC9-218867AF9D2B
Capacity: 650 MB (650,006,528 bytes)
BSD Name: disk1s3
Volume UUID: C97E18F5-F067-335A-A600-01182B5E5895