OWC Releases Mac-Compatible SSD Firmware Updaterby Kristian Vättö on September 1, 2011 11:36 AM EST
One thing that SandForce based SSDs have lacked since their introduction has been a Mac supported firmware updater. Updating the firmware has required Windows installation, which is something that not all Mac users prefer. Some other brands, such as Intel, offer OS-independent updaters, but this has not been the case with SandForce SSDs. There have been workarounds like OCZ Linux method, though it's not very user friendly.
Finally, OWC has brought a Mac friendly firmware updater to their SSDs. OWC has been talking about the updater for quite awhile now. This is the first and only Mac-based updater for SandForce SSDs as of today. Other brands have not revealed any plans of releasing Mac based updaters.
The update procedure seems simple. You download the updater from OWC's site and burn that to DVD. You then boot from the DVD and follow the on-screen instructions. Unfortunately it seems that Mac users are still out of luck when it comes to firmware updates from within OS X.
Right now, the updater is limited to OWC SSDs with SF-1200 controllers (Mercury Extreme Pro 3G and its variants). It's also limited to only certain Macs (e.g the 2011 MacBook Pros are not yet supported). OWC is aware of this and support for more Mac models, as well as support for 6Gb/s SSDs with SF-2200 controllers, are on their way. OWC is claiming September 7th for SF-2200 updater, so stay tuned.