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Unable to format your Mac's SSD?

A few of us install solid state drives in our Macs where the optical drive usually goes. If you removed your optical drive and installed your SSD there, you might get the error "Disk Erase failed with the error: Wiping volume data to prevent future accidental probing failed" when trying to format it in Disk Utility, as shown if Figure 1.

Disk Erase failed with the error: Wiping volume data to prevent future accidental probing failed
Figure 1: Error when trying for format SSD.

The Solution:

Long story short, you can’t have the SSD in the optical bay. To fix the issue, open the Mac, put the SSD in the spot where the original hard drive was and put that hard drive in the optical bay. Here’s some more info on why it doesn’t work.

For the record, I have an early 2011 15" Macbook Pro with and Intel 330 Series 120GB SSD in there and it works fine after swopping the two drives around. Good luck!