I have several Intel SSDs, model SSDSA2M160G2GN. I'd like to use one to replace the HDD in my 2014 i5 Mac Mini. I've used them in an older C2Duo Mac Mini with no issues whatsoever.
However, I cannot get the OS to recognize the drive when installed in the Mac Mini. It boots about halfway and then gives me the "circle with a slash." I can boot from an external drive or from the network recovery drive, and when I do, I still cannot see the drive. The "reinstall MacOS" option gives me a blank area where the disk should be. Disk Utility doesn't see the drive either if I go that route. However, the OS WILL recognize and boot from the drive when inside a USB enclosure.
I've read up as much as I can about it, and from what I can tell, it seems like the controller in the 2014+ Minis might not be able to see the older SSDs when mounted internally. I'd like to try to update the firmware in the SSD. I went through the support page to find the firmware update link and downloadable .iso file. However that .iso file will not mount and cannot be 'burned' to a USB drive, as it gives me an error "no mountable file systems."
Does anybody know how I can update the firmware on my SSD to try to get it to work in my Mac Mini? Or what else might be the problem preventing the drive from being recognized?
Thanks for posting in our communities. We understand that you would like to update the firmware for your legacy Intel® SSD X25-M Series, 160GB.
What method are you using to burn the https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/26491?v=t Intel® SSD Firmware Update Tool image (.iso)? Personally, I've got good results burning the image with https://rufus.akeo.ie/?locale=en_US Rufus*.
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As for https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000006273/memory-and-storage.html SSD compatibility with Mac* OS, please your system OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) directly.