Finished installing SSD and Optibay, however

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  1. shenfrey, Dec 22, 2012
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    shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    [​IMG]The back of the Macbook Pro, its lid, is not flush. The HDD was thicker then the superdrive and so the right side of the lid does not sit all the way down. I am not sure to leave it or just put the SD back in?

    What would you do guys? The good news is it all works, but just don't think I like the lid not sitting down all the way.

    EDIT: Also, on the plus side my MBP is crazy faster! :D
  2. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    Decided to take the optibay out and just plug the drive back in. Can't do it today, but will do it tomorrow.

    But yeah, I suppose that was my mistake.
  3. mslide macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2007
    Put the SSD where the original HD is and move the original HD to the optibay? Does that make a difference? Not sure if that's what you did or not.
  4. Azzin macrumors 601


    Jun 23, 2010
    London, England.
    Sounds like the OP's caddy is bigger (deeper) than the optical drive and the HDD is sitting proud.
  5. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    Exactly it, see picture above. I will be taking it out tomorrow and just keeping the SSD in.
  6. jamezr macrumors G4


    Aug 7, 2011
    I think you just got the wrong caddy. I know lots of people that have done this without having the problem you are. Where did you get the caddy?
  7. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
  8. el-John-o macrumors 65816

    Nov 29, 2010
    Are you absolutely positive you installed it right? Do you have a 'normal sized' SSD? (Some of the larger capacity SSD's are extra thick).

    I have two SSD's, one in an optibay, just fine. I'm running them RAID 0 (with at least daily backups, LOL), talk about fast! :p

    I used the OptiBay from OWC, and it seems to me like it could have been installed upside down and produce the same results you got (though I don't think the screws would work in that case)
  9. ultra7k macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2012
    I think you had the same problem as me.

    You need to remove the black plastic part at the back of the caddy. Undo all the screws on the caddy, and remove the black plastic part. It should now sit flush.

    This had me all confused at first too, but it almost seems like the optibay was built for another computer...but once you remove that black plastic tab bar thingy, it's all good.
  10. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    Is this the black plastic tab your referring to? If so it's already out. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1356205115.547608.jpg
  11. bonedaddio macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2009
    PA, USA
    Mine is similar... or the same one.
    I bought the DVDR drive usb case combo, everything fit, everything worked. I added the SSD in original HDD bay, removed the optical and installed the HDD into the adapter and put that combination into the optical bay. Everything just worked... so did the 16 gbs of ram too. My MBP is CRAZY Fast!
    I would just order one of the ones that work, get it in, and THEN swap the caddy out. Just sayin. Good Luck, I definitely wouldn't want the case open like that!
    Edit: just had a thought: are the HDD mounting screws holding the assembly or lid up?
  12. ultra7k macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2012
    That's the one, hmmm...maybe your SSD is a little thicker than others?
  13. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    I will buy that one, for now I will just take the HDD out and leave the SSD in. As I said will happen tomorrow, but thanks for the advice :)

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