Early 2008 MBP 4.1 - Optibay for SSD compatible?

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  1. neenja macrumors 6502

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    So as the title says, will an optibay fit into an early 08 mbp?

    This how-to was mentioned in another thread: http://lifehacker.com/5541774/how-to-install-a-solid+state-drive-in-your-macbook but a late 2009 unibody mbp was used.

    Also saw this:
    Anyone here using an early 2008 mbp 4.1 and running a similar setup? Any issues?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    IIRC, the early 2008 MBPs used IDE/ATA interfaces for the optical drive.

    Check your System Profiler to see what bus the optical drive is on.
     
  4. neenja thread starter macrumors 6502

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    its on ATA bus, does that mean i wont be able to ?
     
  5. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Well, if you can find an adapter for it, you'll need a ATA/IDE SSD.
     
  6. neenja thread starter macrumors 6502

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    what if i put the ssd in the main drive and the current hd into the optibay area?
     
  7. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Your current HD is SATA, so it won't work in an ATA/IDE bus. I don't know if they make a ATA/IDE to SATA adapter, but you could look.
     
  8. neenja thread starter macrumors 6502

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    gotcha. i think im gonna just shoot for the 120gb owc ssd and toss it into my main drive. 2 external tb's should be fine for space.

    thanks again :)

    also, i see that the 120GB Mercury Electra 6G SSD is just about $200. the PRO i about $80 more.

    would i be fine with the $200 one?
     
  9. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    You're welcome--hope it helps!

    I'm not the best person to offer an opinion on that one, since I don't use SSD--sorry. Tried them and decided to use the money elsewhere.

    Take a look at the forums here and see what most people go with--I think many have had good luck with OCZ and I've seen positive references to some of the Crucial and Intel models, along with others.

    Also, don't worry about getting an SATA 3 model--IIRC your MBP has SATA 1, so stick with an SSD that is SATA 1 or 2.

    Good luck, and enjoy!
     

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