Custom Fusion Drive - Macbook pro late 2008

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shotters-nation, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. shotters-nation macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2007
    I own a Macbook pro 15'' (late 2008; Maverick) and have 2 drives in it, one SSD with Bootcamp and one HDD with Mac OS X. Since i don't need windows anymore i thought i could make a Fusion drive out of it to speed up things a little bit.

    But I'm not quite sure how to do that the best way, i thought about this procedure:

    1) Create a bootable copy of my HDD with Carbon Copy Cloner on my external USB HDD.
    2) Boot from it and format SSD and internal HDD.
    3) Create the Fusion Drive with terminal commands
    4) Write back all data with CCC to the new fusion drive.
    5) Boot new fusion drive and complete system should be the same, with faster write speed for often used tasks :)

    I'm asking myself if it is possible to write back the complete Backup with all system files/settings while running the system from this backup?
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Yes... CCC will do that.
  3. shotters-nation thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2007
    thx, i tried it and looks like it works perfect ;)
  4. JPamplin macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2009
    Nashville, TN
    This is a perfect way to speed up older systems. I'm doing this with a 2009 15" MBP & a 2007 20" iMac, putting in an SSD where the SuperDrive goes.
  5. Bob-o-Link, May 14, 2014
    Last edited: May 14, 2014

    Bob-o-Link macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY USA
    Fusion Drive on Early 2008, pre-unibody MBP (4,1)?

    You say you're running a fusion drive on a 2007 iMac? This contradicts the following quote:

    "How Do I Create A True DIY Fusion Drive?

    Items Needed:

    A Mac that you can install both a Solid State Drive and a Hard Disk Drive into. So that’s the *iMac (2009 or newer)* MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer) with Data Doubler, or MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer) again with Data Doubler, Mac mini (Early / Late 2009, Mid 2010 Server, and Mid 2011 or newer) with Data Doubler Kit or Data Doubler where applicable, or Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)."

    I got this quote from this URL:

    This is an article, by OWC, on setting up your own fusion drive using their "Data Doubler" or "Data Doubler Kit."

    This article also says that I can't do it on my *early* 2008 MacBook Pro. So, I guess it only means that these earlier models can't use *their* kit to install a 2nd drive; but there's still hope that I can get a 2nd drive into my early 2008 (pre-unibody) MBP - as you did with your 2007 iMac.

    Does anyone know if there is a way to replace the optical drive in a pre-unibody MBP with a 2nd HDD or SSD? Can I then create a fusion drive (with HDD & SSD) on my *early* 2008 MacBook Pro (4,1)?



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