Ideas for optical bay and ExpressCard/34 slot

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MoodyM, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. MoodyM macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    I have a 17" 2010 MacBook Pro. I have a card reader expansion card in the ExpressCard/34 slot that I never use, and I never use my optical drive.

    Any suggestions for what I could utilise them for? eSATA? USB3?

    I did toy with the idea of putting an SSD in place of the optical drive, but I already have a 750GB SeaGate hybrid drive as my HD.
  2. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    SSD in main bay and your 750GB HDD in optical for extra storage.

    I use my 34 slot for 2 USB3.0 ports.
  3. mneblett macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2008
    Similar here -- SSD in main bay and 500GB HDD in optibay in a late '08 15" MBP.

    I have an SD card reader in the 34 slot -- very handy for transfer of photos from camera SD card.

    Also, you can put your Superdrive into an external enclosure. I went with MCE electronic's $30 optibay HDD adapter and $20 Superdrive external enclosure package - $56.xx with shipping.

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