Cheaper Optibay Alternatives - which is best?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iLeW, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. iLeW macrumors newbie


    Jul 17, 2009
    Hey all. I've been searching through the forums and there's lots of mentions of different alternatives to the Optibay. Just wanted to hear from those who've used alternatives and get an idea of the top few of the bunch.

  2. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    I didn't like the maxupgrades maxconnect that I bought originally (wanna buy it from me? lol).

    I am extremely happy with THIS ONE from ebay. It ships from China and took a little over a week to arrive but it's great.
  3. bluesteel macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2007
    i like the MaxUpgrades kit....its well constructed/designed, priced great, and comes with a nice external enclosure for the SuperDrive.
  4. riptideMBP macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2011
    I got this one for $24 total from amazon last month and have not had any issues with my SSD. The low reviews are because it doesn't come with instructions (which are available in the 5 star comments)
  5. falerus macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2008
  6. RainCityMacFan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2007
    I never tried the "alternatives" but I heard they worked perfectly fine.

    But the top of the line in my opinion, from browsing through these forums and owning one, is the OWC data doubler. It's very pricey and I wouldn't recommending buying one unless you discover the occasional sales they have with these.
  7. ahdickter macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    I have this same optibay, it works great (as long as you're comfortable using a small DIY fix.)
  8. iLeW, Jun 19, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2011

    iLeW thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 17, 2009
    Thanks for the replies guys. Ended up going for this one

    I saw it mentioned by another guy in the forums. Requires a DIY removal of some plastic bits but looks like it fits well & securely. Best of all it only cost £8. I'm not sure if this thing has the correct screw holes like the ones you guys have suggested. However I assumed it must have some because I can't understand why the person on the other forum would bother recommending it, if it can't actually be fixed to the macbook chassis.

    Here's a pic of the other guys installed caddy. What do you guys think?

  9. MJNBGA macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2011
    New Zealand
    What do you mean by this? :confused:
  10. riptideMBP macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2011
    you need to pull off a plastic piece that runs along the edge opposite the sata connection
  11. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I have one too where you had to do this but otherwise it works. I taped the SSD inside so it cannot slide and the whole thing fits okay. Aside from ripping off this plastic strip it works fine. There is really nothing to it. There is so little space inside that you don't really need any screws at all to keep it in place, maybe some paper or stuff to force/squeeze it in very tight. I don't understand why people even worry about screw holes, you don't really need a single one of these.
  12. coldpower27 macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Anyone know of good prices o these things of residents of Canada?
  13. Satnam1989 macrumors 65816

    Nov 16, 2011
    Im in canada, bought one from eBay for $19 total including shipping, arrived in 1.5 weeks from customs charge....jus do a search on eBay, make sure seller ships to Canada and do note if its designed to work for your macbook pro if its newer then any thats 9.5mm 2nd hdd bay enclosure will work. others i can't say much as I have never owned one.
  14. dhangejr macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2009
    This is kinda old but I needed some help recently my self.
    I bought this from this exact item from this seller


    I was nervous upon arrival, but it fits in my 2007 macbook perfect. I did have to remove the adapter from the caddy because I screwed up. i mounted my own hdd caddy (with super glue lmao) and needles to say I did not relize I had the PATA not the miniS connector. So, I had to wait a week with no computer, and hope to hell that the adapter for 15$ works. IT did! perfectly and I am so stoked to have that broken burner not waisting space, and for only 15 $ too (I did not wanna drop 100$ on a stupid dvd burner when I got hdds hanging out my @55)

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