MBP cannot boot from SSD in Optical bay

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thangln, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. thangln macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2013
    Hi all,

    If I put the SSD in harddisk bay it can boot normally, however if I move it to Optical bay with or without HDD in the HDD bay, the MBP 13 2012 cannot boot. If I press and hold option, there'll be only one Stop sign and then blank screen.
    Do you guys have a solution?
  2. Z06jerry, Apr 17, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 18, 2013

    Z06jerry macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    That's the way it is. I ran into the same issue when I tried to install an SSD in the optical bay of my 13" MBP. It has to be in the main bay or it won't boot.
  3. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    Why not just put the SSD in the main? Why does it need to be opposite?
  4. thangln thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2013
    I need to put the HDD in the mainbay coz the optical bay doesn't support SMS
  5. wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    What you *need* is to put SSDs in both bays. Problem solved.
  6. thangln thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2013
    Cannot afford it buddy :)
  7. gametime10 macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2006
    My experience is that only a few SSD's work reliably in the optical bay. I tried a setup with a Samsung 830 SSD in the optical bay and it wouldn't boot. Since then I've used Crucial M4s (update to latest firmware), and those have worked without a hitch.

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