Biggest HD for Early 2011 Macbook Pro 15"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by foem, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. foem macrumors newbie

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    I currently have a 512gb SSD in the main drive, and a 1TB HD in the optical, with an OWC data doubler bracket.

    If I understand correctly, the max drive height is 12.5mm for the opti bay.
    Also, it can only run a drive that's 3gbp/s.

    I've also read something about making 6gbp/s drives run at 3gbp/s by modifying the drive firmware.

    I'm wondering if anyone has experience with this... I'd like to get at least a 1.5tb, hopefully 2tb drive in there.
     
  2. rmackner macrumors member

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    If a sata3 drive (6gbp/s) is connected to a sata2 controller (3gbp/s) it will limit itself to the specs of sata2.
     
  3. Potatochobit macrumors regular

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    I don't think I have seen a 2TB SSD

    like the guy said above you are worrying about nothing
    any small 2.5" hard drive will work fine
     
  4. rmackner macrumors member

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    Get two 1tb SSDs and raid 0 them together for massive read/write speeds! Just make sure you TM the computer every few days.
     
  5. foem thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was told by OWC that a 6GBP/s drive will not work in the optical slot. They said it will be unreliable.

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    I'm not looking for a bigger SSD, can't afford one right now--looking for a bigger HD in the optical bay.
     
  6. rmackner macrumors member

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    Well I assume it must be a hardware limitation with the optical slot drive bay that they provide. Then again most psychical drives can't even take full advantage of a SATA3 controller with read and write speeds of around 60-100 MBp/s.
     

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