[HELP] MCE Optibay VS. Generic Optibay [Advice Please]

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kennyleeme, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. kennyleeme macrumors newbie

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    Hi all. I am not quite sure on which route to take to mount my OCZ Vertex 3 SSD with an optibay in my MBP 13 - latest model. I heard MCE Optibay is a really reliable company, costing $99 for 1 optibay. I also found generic brands here and there on Amazon/eBay for way less expensive. So can you guys chime in and give a fellow member some feedback on what factors play into purchasing an optibay. For example, is the dissipation of heat from the optibay (if it even exists) a factor to consider? Thank you all!:apple::)
     
  2. fsfikke macrumors newbie

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    Haven't heard anything bad about the Nimitz optibays from eBay ($29)
    Just got mine in today and it looks very solidly build. I opened mine up and the soldering is very clean, not like some of the pictures in the Optibay-thread.

    Haven't got my Vertex 3 in yet so I can't tell you how it works but it's just like an extension cable so there's not a lot of magic going there.
     
  3. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    I bought the $10 eBay Hong Kong special for my Vertex 3 and it fits and works perfectly. I don't see any reason to spend so much from other places, considering it's literally just a connector adapter in a metal housing.
     
  4. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    I spent $29 on the nimitz** special Mac one on ebay and it works great. This comes after not being happy with the fitment of the Maxupgrades brand unit that I paid nearly three times as much for.
     
  5. kennyleeme thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i will definitely look into the Nimitz. Thank you guys!
     
  6. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    If you search ebay for him, make sure you put the two stars in the search field. nimitz**
     
  7. ikm19 macrumors 6502

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    I have MCE one, had purchased it when first macbook pro unibody was launched.
    I am kinda having problem with 2011 Macbook Pro 15in.
    i have 6Gbps port on Superdrive and 6Gbps port on hard drive and macbook whenever i install vertex 3 in mce adapter and connects it super drive port it doesn't work at all. but if i use 7200 rpm hard drive in mce adapter it works. I dont know whats the reason behind this but i think something has to do with mce not supporting sata 3 connection.

    Here is my situation

    Internal SSD + 7200 rpm Hard Drive in MCE bay. It works
    Internal SSD + Internal SSD in MCE bay it doesnt work.

    I have 2 OCZ Vertex 3 SSD and trying to run as raid0.
     
  8. scottchlee macrumors newbie

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  9. KJmoon117 macrumors 6502a

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    They ship worldwide. Contact the seller and he will change it for you.

    But I agree, get a cheapo optibay or get an discounted OWC Data-doubler. Those MCE Optibays are pretty much Chinese optibays rebranded. Even the CD enclosure can be bought from eBay as well for as little as $4.
     
  10. scottchlee macrumors newbie

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    Why would he say he wouldn't ship to Canada or china on his eBay page if he would anyway?
     
  11. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    Just order from a Hong Kong seller - it's all the same anyway.
     

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