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Mini owner report on problems w/Crucial M225 Firmware v2030
(I realize the M225's an old model and the update was released over a year ago, but if any other mac owner has updated a M225 w/2030 firware, let me know your results. Good or bad.)

"I have a 64GB Crucial M225 SSD - firmware update to v2030 made the drive freeze then soon after became inoperable - can't even initialize it on Mac or Windows 7.
I had been using it in Mac mini that I use as a tv tuner using eyetv so lots of writing to this internal ssd. I was getting audio dropouts more and more frequently in eyetv (and hoped later firmware would help). The firmware that had been on this ssd was 1513 (don't quote me on the last two digits but it was 15xx). (I think it was v1571 based on info from 2009 here.) That is why I updated and in the end bricked the drive.
(Apparently not bricked from backflash comment below, which also mentioned Trim. I don't think Trim is supported in OS X with this drive even with firmware that supports it (in Windows, etc) unless something has changed, although there are 3rd party OS X 'universal' Trim enablers that may or may not work with this drive. IIRC it has GC though.)

I also later downgraded the firmware back to 1916 which also enables trim, but the drive can no longer be formatted reliably - sometimes disk utility is successful and other times it is not...

I asked if it's still under warranty - the M225 originally had a 5yr warranty (w/decreasing value terms IIRC) unless that changed from when I bought mine. Regardless, I'd contact Crucial support to see if they can help. (If nothing else ask about going back to 1571 again. Crucial's firmware updates page only goes back as far as v1819.)
(Update: He replied it was still under warranty and he'd submitted an RMA request.)
   I didn't read it all but there's an 11 page Crucial forum thread on the M225 v2030 firmware update started in Jan 2011 with (as usual) some problem reports - one of the last posts noting he recd a M4 replacement after his M225 had problems. (Perhaps due to no stock of M225s?)

(I had a M225 (256GB) several years ago (when it was first released) but my last update was v1819. Removed it for good after another freeze in MBP with it but never tried v19xx or later firmware. Back then I had to reformat it/used a PC w/bootable DOS flash drive to update the firmware. 3 times over the 1st year IIRC, although there were posts here back then on ISO cd updaters.)


OS X 10.7.4 Finder (Remote) File Substitution Bug
(from a reader mail - I don't have Lion installed to check this. Assume it was also reported to Apple)

"OSX 10.7.4 Finder File Substitution Bug
When Apple's OSX 10.7.4 is used to open a remote file by double clicking on the file, if a file with identical name exists at equivalent local path, Finder will open the local file instead. This is incorrect as the file that opens is not the file that was double-clicked on in Finder. The file can be correctly opened if it is directly opened from within an application, bypassing Finder. Quicklook continues to look at the correct file."

BTW - A reader sent a note the same thing happens with (dev/beta) OS X 10.8/Mountain Lion.

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