Early 2008 MBP (4,1) - SSD & HDD-Caddy Success

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by neenja, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. neenja macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2008
    Picked up a SanDisk SSD 120gb from newegg when it was on sale for $120 and an HDD-Caddy from ebay for $15 to replace my SuperDrive.

    As said in the title, I have an early 2008 MacBookPro 4,1 and followed the guides at iFixt for the SDD and SuperDrive.

    Installation was pretty easy, just follow the guides exactly and keep an eye on the little screws! The most painful part was the superdrive, removing the brackets and placing them back onto the caddy was a little annoying because the screws were so insanely small.

    After booting up, I did a couple tweaks found here and manually enabled trim by using this method here. It says its for Lion, but it does work for Snow Leopard also (the os I'm running).

    Everything so far is working exactly as it should. Boot time is fantastic, app load times are great, everything is just "snappier". This, along with the 6gb ram I threw into it should make it last a bit longer. Original HDD in caddy comes up and works as normal, just need to format it now.

    Happy camper here :)

  2. neenja thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2008
    just also picked up an external enclosure for the pata superdrive, $15 on ebay. in case i need to burn or run any cds/dvds. :)
  3. neenja thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2008
    just an update. ive reinstalled close to everything i previously had. still running smooth, no hiccups, beachballs, crashes, nothing.

  4. jklewer macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2011
    How long did your enclosure take to ship? I am looking at the one below and it says it could take up to a month.

    EDIT: This is assuming you're in the States, which you're not necessarily.

  5. mattista macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2012
    I saw in another thread that because your optical drive was on the ATA bus you would not be able to use a SSD in the optical bay (which I see you didn't) nor would you be able to move your original SATA HDD over to the optical bay since SATA differs from ATA (let me know if that's incorrect.)

    I think I have the same machine as you: MBP Early 2008 (A1260). Ideally I'd like to keep my HDD where it belongs and install a SSD in the optical bay. This seems not an option on this generation of MBP due to some difference in how the original optical drive connector is configured (ATAPI? PATA? I'm super confused.)

    But you seem to have made this work somehow! So, the SSD can go in the original HDD and the HDD can go in the optical bay if the right connector is found?
    I was looking at hard drive caddys at newmodeus.com :


    That caddy says the interface at the back of the caddy itself is PATA/IDE?

    Thoughts, suggestions, opinions or information? I need some help.

  6. djclint macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2006
  7. kinakos macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2013
    Dear all,
    I have replaced my optical drive with my original HDD (in an appropriate caddy), and I bought a samsung SSD 120GB which put it in basic slot in my MacbookPro 4.1.
    Everything works ok but when I left the mac idle for some time and the mac goes standby, when resume the system stack at all when I try to have access in the second HDD which located on bay.

    Any idea?

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