OWC Mercury SSD Firmware Updater
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OWC SSD Firmware Updater adds the ability to update your SSD from a bootable USB drive or CD/DVD.
What's New
Version 521ABBF0:
  • Can be burned to CD/DVD or USB Flash Drive
  • Compatible with most OWC SSD models
  • General performance enhancements and reliability fixes.
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • OWC SSD (compatible with all OWC Mercury and Aura models)






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Filchescat commented on 05 Oct 2013
OWC is spread too thin to properly address this issue. I say this based on years of these cyclic firmware updates that work only marginally. By 'work', I mean the update process itself. This is mitigated a bit now that they've provided for the update via USB; the failure to update announcement (see below) is now much quicker. Once installed on the only SSD out of four it detects, the firmware presumably works well - completely transparent. The update process itself sucks, based on years of attempts to update OWC's 6G SSD's in a 4,1 MacPro's four native bays. The update has always updated the SSD in bay 1, but does not see those in bays 2-4, even when the updated SSD in bay 1 is removed. OWC's tech people are always polite and engaged while on the chat or phone, it's the follow up that fails. Keep trying
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Jdresser replied on 07 Oct 2013
Hi,
Can you please verify that the download that you are using to update is OWCFWUP80E? Thank you!
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Filchescat replied on 07 Oct 2013
yes, the USB volume that the download produced is self-entitled OWCFWUP80E
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Orytek commented on 02 Oct 2013
I couldn't restore the dmg to a usb drive but was able to easily burn it to DVD. After that booting and installing the firmware update worked well.
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Orytek replied on 02 Oct 2013
I should mention I am convinced it is legit because in the MacOS System report the new firmware number is showing. Also the upgrade interface and procedure on the boot DVD resembles previous version updates.
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Brad Smith replied on 03 Oct 2013
Good to go on my end. Just updated an 11,3 5,2 and 5,3. All now show the firmware 521ABBF0.
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Jon Shier commented on 02 Oct 2013
This doesn't work for me. The disk image won't restore. Plus I don't see anything about this new update on OWC's site. It's also drastically different from their old updaters, which had to be burned to disc. This one appears to be a small Linux install. Legit?
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Brad Smith replied on 02 Oct 2013
Good catch! Suspicious to say the least. I can get a good restore, but I refuse to boot it and go any farther until I can confirm this is legit like you. Also, the version stipulated here is 521xxxxx, where the macsales site shows only 520xxxxx as the latest. Hope it is legit, I rarely burn CDs anymore for anything and this approach would simplify the ssd f/w update process.
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Jon Shier replied on 03 Oct 2013
Looking again, it looks like the older firmware images were also Linux installs, just as an iso. And I wasn't able to restore the image to a USB drive because it wasn't formatted properly. Formatting as FAT/Master Boot Record let the restore work properly. I'm less suspicious now, though I would like to see some acknowledgement of this update on the OWC site.
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Jon Shier replied on 03 Oct 2013
So I got the restored image to boot but there's no support for my iMac 11,1. And I don't know if this update affects my Mercury Extreme Pro anyway, as it doesn't appear on the website.
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Redward replied on 03 Oct 2013
I have a Mercury Electra 3G installed in my early 2009 iMac 9,1. Although the firmware update was not "officially supported" by OWC, I successfully updated to 507ABBF0 a few months ago. It required setting ACPI=NO when booting off the installation disc.

I can't seem to make either the 520 or 521 updates work with my iMac. The 520 update doesn't boot because graphics support is missing, and the new 521 update gives me a "unable to find a medium containing a live file system" error after the OWC splash screen appears. This has happened with the updater installed on both a USB flash drive and a CD-ROM.
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Type:Drivers : Storage
License:Free
Date:02 Oct 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
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