Thursday, August 20, 2009

Apple Creates Fix For Problematic Hard Drives In MacBook Pros & Posts Bluetooth Firmware Update

Apple MacBook Pro Hard Drive Firmware Update

Apple describes the problem as:

MacBook Pro Hard Drive Firmware Update 2.0 reduces certain infrequent noises made by 7200-rpm drives.

These drives shipped with the June 2009 MacBook Pro.

To complete the firmware update process, please follow the instructions in the updater application (/Applications/Utilities/Hard Drive

The updater will launch automatically when the installation is complete.

New Hard Drive firmware will be: 0007APM2

This supposedly only affected 500GB 7200RPM 2.5" SATA Hard Drives manufactured for Apple by Seagate.

My personal experience with Seagate hard drives is very poor. I have had nearly every hard drive I've ever owned (Seagate or Seagate OEM) fail.

Apple also posted a Bluetooth firmware update:

Apple Bluetooth Firmware Update

Your Mac must have Bluetooth 2.0 or 2.1 - which is most Macs from 2006 -2009

This update helped my connection to be more stable with a lot of things (IE my mouse and printer) ... but oddly broke support for bluetooth tethering.

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