6Gb/s SSD in Drive Bay; MBP Mid 2012

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  1. greco13 macrumors newbie

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    Total newbie here trying to learn.

    I've read conflicting information over the past couple hours. Can anyone definitively tell me if my MBP will support SSD 6Gb/s in the drive bay?

    :apple:MacBookPro9,2/13.3"/2.5 i5/2x4GB/500-5400/Yosemite10.10

    Thank you much!

    secondary: If I can do 6Gb/s, what hardware do you recommend to fit my drive bay with ~250G? I'm looking at the OWC 'kits' currently.
     
  2. Count Blah macrumors 68030

    Count Blah

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    I put a HDD in the optical bay and an ssd in normal place. Since I was struggling to think of something for my birthday, I asked someone to get the owc bracket for the HDD, since read people complaining about the brackets purchased on eBay. The owc bracket fit and has worked perfectly.

    Sorry, can't help you with the speed of the optical bay and ssd.

    Good luck.
     
  3. alex0002 macrumors 6502

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    The optical bay was never designed to support anything faster than a 1.5Gb/s optical drive and some people had problems with fitting the SSD there. In most cases a SATA-II (3Gb/s) SSD will work there and some have got a SATA-III (6Gb/s) SSD to work in some models. Some info here:
    http://blog.macsales.com/14064-expand-the-2012-macbook-pros-with-an-owc-data-doubler

    Things improved after some EFI updates:
    http://blog.macsales.com/14982-efi-...erformance-issues-in-13-inch-2012-macbook-pro

    But people seem to keep having problems with this:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1619869

    Putting an SSD in the optical bay used to make sense when a 128GB SSD was $300 and a 512GB was unaffordable to most people, so people kept the hard drive for storage and installed a 64GB or 128GB SSD for OS X. Since 512GB SSDs are now very cheap, there seems to be very few good reason to install an SSD in the optical bay.
     

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