Macbook Pro SATA type

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jrock2004, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. jrock2004 macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2008
    So looking to buy an SSD drive. Question I have, would I buy a SATA, SATA II, or SATA III, etc...

    I have a MacBook Pro 17", 8,3

    I am looking in System Information and I am not finding out.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    SATA 3 (Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)) for your computer.

    You can find specs on all Apple products:
  3. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    Southern Cal
    Just did the same to my MBP 17 " 8,3. Put SATA III SSD in main bay. Optical bay may or may not support SATA III according to OWC:

    "Special compatibility notes related to use of this product with 6Gb/s SSDs in the following machines:
    2011 MacBook Pro 15" (Model ID MacBookPro8,2)
    2011 MacBook Pro 17" (Model ID MacBookPro8,3)
    OPTICAL BAY: The optical bay interface in these machines may either be SATA Revision 2.0 3Gb/s OR SATA Revision 3.0 6Gb/s. There is no way to specify/order this data interface with Apple, but you can confirm what interface/link speed version your optical bay offers via the Apple System Profiler.

    Testing has demonstrated that Apple factory hardware does not reliably support a 6G (6Gb/s) Solid State Drive or Hard Disk Drive in the optical bay of 2011 MacBook Pros (ModeI ID8,1; 8,2; 8,3). If your OWC Data Doubler bundle comes with a 6G drive, you should ONLY install that drive in the main drive bay and utilize the Data Doubler to re-task your existing drive or install a new 3G SSD or HDD in the optical bay. PRE-2011 models can utilize a 6G drive in the optical bay, but will do so at a reduced 3G (3Gb/s) speed."
  4. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    That's a 2011 model, so you're HDD bay is going to be SATA III, and if the drive is going there you should get a SATA III drive. Your optibay is highly likely to be SATA III as well, but if you plan to put the SSD in the optibay, you should probably get a SATA II drive because the 2011 optibays in the 15" & 17" had issues with reliable SATA III support.


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