Late 2011 13" MBP with SSD in Optical Bay

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hexley, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Hexley macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2009
    I am swapping out my superdrive with a SATA cradle + SSD.

    Now, I know that all the SATA ports are 6Gbps so is this configuration permissible?

    I am concerned that my 1TB WD Blue WD10TPVT is 12.5mm tall and will not fit the SATA cradle in the optical bay.

    Anyhow, thanks!
  2. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    put your SSD into the main bay so you get SATAIII speed.

    Is the 1TB HDD 3.5in or 2.5in?
    Optibay only supports laptop sized HDD/SSD (2.5in) and not desktop size HDDs(3.5in).


    I just googled it and yes, it is a 2.5in so it fits.
  3. bluespaceoddity macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2009
    OP is asking about the height of the drive being an obstacle though, which will depend on the thickness of the specific "cradle" used to mount the 12.5 tall WD HDD he mentioned after moving it into the optical bay.

    As far as I know the late 2011 MBP get Sata III in the Optical Bay as well though so there doesn't appear to be an obstacle to leaving the WD HDD in place in the HD spot and sticking the SSD in the location of the removed optical drive.

    Please correct if wrong.
  4. Nails1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2010
    I'm guessing it won't fit since it's 12.5mm. It most likely needs to be 9.5mm to fit in the caddy.
  5. Hexley thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2009
    I read online that there are two optical bay caddy sizes.

    So anyone tried this setup yet? :D
  6. Hexley thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2009

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