Hard Drive Caddy for Optical Bay

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  1. harry454 macrumors 6502

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    Hey I was wondering if anyone knew if there are any 12.5 mm hard drive caddy's for the optical bay. As well if not if anyone knows any places in Canada that carry the 9.5mm versions. Please and thank you!
     
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    I think the best place to get them is online like ebay
     
  3. harry454 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thank you for the replies! Also would you recommend a Crucial M4 or the OWC SSD's?
     
  4. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Crucial M4. Their prices are hitting lows right now.

    You also get more GBs with the Crucials.
     
  5. skuid87 macrumors regular

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    Which Mac are you planning to replace the optical drive for? Make sure you get the right caddy.

    I brought a 9.5mm caddy for my 27" iMac after recieving some false advice. It wouldnt fit into the slot properly and had to hold off the installation till I brought a 12.7mm caddy.
     
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    his signature and the section this post was made in suggests he has a MBP
     
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  8. harry454 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes it is for my MBP, just did some more researching sucks the optical bay doesn't support 12.5 mm. I guess I will also need to swap out my 1TB WD in it as well for a 9.5 mm drive. Thank you for all your replies. In terms of the crucial m4, should I enable Trim or no?

    Also upgrading the ram as well, looking at getting G-Skill ram. Should be a nice speed boost for the MB
     
  9. skuid87 macrumors regular

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    Yep, for the MacBook Pro you'll need the 9.5mm Caddy.

    Also, if you're replacing the MBP HDD too, you won't need a caddy for that. The SSD will just go straight into the HDD slot.

    You only need a caddy for replacing the Optical Drive.

    As for TRIM, there are mixed views on the forum. Personally, I enabled it on my OCZ Vertex Plux 240GB (in my iMac). But I didn't use TRIM enabler because users had reported issues with it. There are some terminal commands you can run instead. I'll have to dig them up for you.

    Between the RAM and SSD Upgrades, you're gonna see a lovely boost in your MBP!!
     
  10. harry454 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks a lot! Yea I know for the HDD bay I wont. Sucks only the HDD bay is 12.5. Dont want to make SSD primary from the Optical Bay slot. It would be great to grab those terminal Commands! Going to go pick up my M4 and Ram tomorrow, Caddy should be here by end of week!
     
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    You can get up to 1TB in 9.5mm, so there's no reason to even want a 12.5mm.
     
  12. harry454 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I know that, just that my current 1TB WD is the 12.5 mm version, guess this will go external and pick up a new 9.5 mm. Pretty cheap now adays anyways
     
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    i recommend the Samsung Spinpoint M8 1TB
     
  14. harry454 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have heard of it, but everyone says its rebranded seagate and dies a lot?
     
  15. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    ive had zero issues in about 4 months, and i did about 2 months of research before i purchased and the postive reviews outweighed the bad bad a big margin
     
  16. harry454 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I see, yeah just want to be on the safe side. But I suppose every manufacturer has their bad batches. Anyone heard of the new Hitachi 1TB one? Having trouble finding any reviews of it. Heres the link to it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145584
     
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    Gotcha. What machine was it in? Most machines won't take the 12.5's, even though I know they almost always come out with a new capacity in 12.5 first, and then the 9.5 follows.

    Trusting data to Samsung? That's adventurous. They sell a lot of stuff, but the quality is suspect. WD is top dog in the hard drive market for quality and reliability. At least Samsung isn't Toshiba though... those are virtually guaranteed to go... All three drives I've even had fail were Toshiba's.
     
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    So turns out the place I ordered from won't have the M4's for another week. But is offering me the Intel 520 for the same price. Any suggestions? Is the 520 any good? Issues?
     
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    Yes! Intel 520 is the best drive on the market. That's why they're more expensive.

    It goes like this:

    Intel 520 > Samsung 830 > Crucial M4


    The top two are Intel and Samsung. Intel still uses SandForce, but a very modified version of it. Samsung uses it's own controllers. Crucial uses SandForce.
     
  20. harry454, May 2, 2012
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    I thought Crucial was Marvell controllers?
     
  21. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Correct. Apologies.

    Was thinking of another SSD line.
     
  22. harry454 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    As well my MBP has the Intel Series 5 chipset with the 3GB speed, will that make any difference?
     
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    If it's the 2011, you will be able to do 6Gb/sec and take full advantage of what SSDs have to offer.

    If it's the older one at 3Gb, then you will lose the full speed advantage. Not to worry, you can move the SSD to another MBP in the future.
     
  24. Elpimpo macrumors newbie

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    I ordered the OWC data doubler W/hard drive and optical case package and saved a bundle (think they took like $37 if you order together) never had a problem with the caddy or the seagate drive.
     

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