2011 MBP OWC DD Dual Samsung 830s

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shortcut3d, May 4, 2012.

  1. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    I currently own a 2011 15" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Quad-Core Intel i7, 16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz, 480GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G. I have an OWC Data Doubler, 256GB Samsung 830 SSD, 512GB Samsung 830 SSD, and 750GB WD Scorpio Black 7200RPM sitting on the shelf. Ideally, I would like to have the 256GB Samsung 830 as my OSX drive and symbolic link movies and pictures directories to the 512GB Samsung 830 in the optical bay via OWC Data Doubler. Have the recent firmware updates made SATA III 6.0Gbps SSDs stable in the optical bay?

    Otherwise, the 480GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G with stay in the main drive bay and the 750GB WD Scorpio Black 7200RPM will go in the optical bay with the OWC Data Doubler. Why? I prefer slightly less but much faster and silent storage over the noisy power hungry mechanical drive.
     
  2. user418 macrumors 6502a

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    To my knowledge the optibay issue has not been resolved to allow 6GB speeds. However, there was a recent post by a member with a 13" MBP that stated he was running 6GB speed in both bays. I think there never was a problem with the 13" negotiating these speeds. Also, if you do a search there was also a member who posted a rather thorough work around he did that allowed both bays to run at SATA III speeds. Will try and locate that post for you and link you to it. Good luck and BTW you've got some "killer" gear at your disposal.
     
  3. shortcut3d thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I did see a blog with a very extreme workaround to get the drive to be stable at 6Gbps. I will stick with the 480GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G and 750GB WD Scorpio Black in the OWC Data Doubler.

    On a side note, the two OWC products together look like a really nice, professional, and quality upgrade. The OWC Data Doubler build quality is far better than the Amazon options.

    Thank you for confirming.
     
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  5. shortcut3d thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted

    Takes a bow.

    This is a carry over from my custom gaming rig days in the late 90s. External air cooled radiators, thermal electric coolers, water coolers, hand painted automotive grade exteriors, etc. I even edited for a few sites and hosted Linux servers for quake and unreal.
     

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