Momentus XT firmware update argh!

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Hi all,
I'm running a 2007, 2.4Ghz, Intel Core 2 Duo Macbook pro (the silver one).
A while back I upgraded my hard drive to a 'Momentus XT' I saw the performance drop a bit, but thought nothing of it. Eventually it got worse and I started to investigate online and even took it to the Apple store. The general consensus I got was that I would need to upgrade the firmware.
Alas, I have a problem, it seems that firmware cannot just be installed, it has to be burnt onto a bootable CD or USB drive, neither which I have (my Superdrive doesn't burn anymore possibly old age?). I do have an external hard drive which I use for time machine backups.

Is there any-way I can upgrade my firmware?
 

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If your optical drive is still functioning, except for be able to burn, use another computer to burn the firmware to disk. Any computer will work, even a Windows machine. Or buy an inexpensive USB external burner. I keep one handy even though both my machines have good optical drives.
 
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Ahhh, so I'll have to shell out more money. The thing is, I very rarely burn cd's so would rather spend money on something I will likely never use again. Is it the only way?
 
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Best investment would probably have been an SSD rather than the hybrid which draws lots of criticism. Just do a Google or ask bobtomay, one of the staff here.
 
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I'm not unhappy with the drive, just a bit peeved that I have to burn the firmware to a disc.
 
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I have the same drive. I have not experienced any issues with it as of yet.
 

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Best investment would probably have been an SSD rather than the hybrid which draws lots of criticism. Just do a Google or ask bobtomay, one of the staff here.

If I read it right, even looks like the member that did like it and bought 2 of them has moved to the WD Black now also.
 
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If I read it right, even looks like the member that did like it and bought 2 of them has moved to the WD Black now also.

I assume you are talking about me? :) Yes, I moved away...far away. WD Black 500gb. Not getting rid of this until it craps out on me. The XT is not a consistent drive at all. I won't deny that it's fast, but consistency trumps speed in my book. The XT would open up a program wicked fast one time, and slow another time, even though it was already opened up previously. WD Black has been very consistent is reliable speeds, no matter what if an app has been closed, or left opened for a long time.

I would get rid of it if I were you. The Hybrid part of the XT drive will only get worse because it has no extra space allocated to take place of dead blocks. It will only get slower, and when it starts to slow down, you will really notice it!
 

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Yep, just didn't want to put words in your mouth in case I had misread that post yesterday. ;D
 
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Naahhh, you read it very correctly. I wish it would have worked out though. I think I just seem to be having bad luck with a lot of MBP upgrades...seagate, owc ssd, ram, etc. Now I'm somewhat back at that saying, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Well, almost at least.
 

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