[Pro] Bootcamp and Windows 8?

I need to install Bootcamp and Windows 8 to update some SSD drivers on my MacBook Pro. I’m currently using Parallels, primarily to test websites in a Windows world, but it won’t work for a lot of Windows only firmware upgrades.

Is anyone running Bootcamp and if so do you prefer Bootcamp to Parallels or Fusion when you need to occasionally use Windows?


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I haven’t run Windows on a Mac in a while, but back when I did, I preferred the VM method (I used Parallels) simply because it didn’t require restarting each time. I also liked the idea of not really running Windows and opening myself up to that. I mean, with Parallels, if Windows took a dive for whatever reason, I usually could go back to an old image and start over. With Bootcamp, you have to reinstall Windows if that happens.


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I totally agree with you, which is why I was also using Parallels prior to this. Quite frankly I’m about to bag my attempt to upgrade my Samsung 840 Pro SSD because I’ve just about had it with all of the nonsense involved in jumping through hoops in the Windows world that requires the update.


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I guess I’d ask if you need to update those drivers.

In fact, I’m using a couple of Samsung 840 SSDs myself but haven’t kept up with any updates for them. They’re working fine for me so I don’t know if any updates would be necessary.


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I was told by other 840 Pro owners that I really should, especially since my firmware was two generations old. I think this is really just an obsession with me. :slight_smile: I’m a tinkerer and it bugs the heck out of me if I can’t get something to work.

Nonetheless, I did manage to upgrade the firmware. However, in order to do so I had to install Bootcamp and Windows 8. In order to install Bootcamp I had to remove my OWC Data Doubler and reinstall the original Superdrive. I have no idea why reinstalling the Superdrive was necessary because Bootcamp doesn’t even use the optical drive to install itself or Windows 8.

After spending a few hours installing Bootcamp, Windows 8, and the Samsung Magician firmware updater I was able to complete the update. Of course, being intrigued with Windows 8 and the new Metro interface I kept messing around with it until it broke. In the end, I removed Bootcamp and Windows 8, reinstalled my OWC Data Doubler and reinstalled Parallels 9 and Windows 8 and everything seems to be working fine.

I also purchased a copy of Trim Enabler, which is highly recommended for all SSDs. Trim Enabler 4: Enable Trim And Maximize Your Mac SSD Performance

An afternoon likely wasted on an insignificant upgrade, but I learned a lot from the process. Plus, having dug around a while in my 2012 MacBook Pro I have a newfound appreciation for how well Macs are designed, not only externally but internally as well.


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Okay, I can understand where you are coming from on all that. I’m a tinkerer too, but I’ve been trying to choose where I do and don’t put that effort. My obsessive personality can take me very far down that rabbit hole!

Is there a link to the firmware update, perhaps with info about what has changed?


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On 14 Oct 2013, 11:41 am, Joe Muscara wrote:
Is there a link to the firmware update, perhaps with info about what has changed?

Unfortunately, they don’t post previous firmware upgrades or firmware notes, but here’s where you can find the latest updates for the 840 Pro:


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Wait - why are you doing the Windows updates when they have Mac updates? If I’m reading it right, you only need to create a bootable optical disc to do this. The description of the fix for the 840 and 840 Pro is the same for both platforms in this case.


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On 15 Oct 2013, 11:27 am, Joe Muscara wrote:

Wait - why are you doing the Windows updates when they have Mac updates? If I’m reading it right, you only need to create a bootable optical disc to do this. The description of the fix for the 840 and 840 Pro is the same for both platforms in this case.

I tried the Mac update, but I couldn’t get that to work. For some reason a select number of Mac users also can’t get the update to work. It’s all documented in the forum thread below. Perhaps you’ll be more successful.


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Ah. It did seem like an odd way to do the update. Then again, Samsung and Apple aren’t the best of pals.


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On 15 Oct 2013, 2:27 pm, Joe Muscara wrote:

Ah. It did seem like an odd way to do the update. Then again, Samsung and Apple aren’t the best of pals.

That’s true with mobile devices, but did you know that Samsung provides Apple with all its SSDs? Strange that they wouldn’t have an easier Mac compatible firmware update, unless of course Apple doesn’t want users mucking around with their Macs, which they don’t. :slight_smile:


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No, as I hadn’t kept track of whose SSDs they used. It would seem that they’d have a better mechanism, then.


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Indeed.


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