MBP Mid 2012 HDD for Optibay SATA II or III

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Giblp59, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. Giblp59 macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2012
    Just bought a SSD (Samsung 830, 256 GB) for Replacing Main Drive.
    I plan to buy a caddy and a 7200 rpm for the optibay (Don't need the DVD Drive).
    Do I have to buy a Sata II or III HDD?

    Seen these so far:
    Seagate Monumentus (SATA II,III available)
    WD Scorpi Black Sata II

    Something to look at by buying a caddy?

    I have the new Mid 2012 MBP (Non Retina).
  2. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    SATA III is best, but it won't make that much difference for a regular HDD. In the 2012, particularly if you're going to make a DIY Fusion drive, you might want to put the SSD in the optibay. You won't lose any speed, it'll be quieter and you'll keep your HDD in the bay with the SMS protection.
  3. Works4Me macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2007
    For what it's worth, that's what I did (in terms of location of the drives). Working well so far!
  4. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I recommend SATA III still even though its worthless IMO with HDDs.

    I would recommend the SSD in the main HDD bay and the HDD in the Optibay myself, as Ive seen a lot of issues and experienced issues with having an SSD int he Optibay which were resolved with moving the HDD to the Optibay.

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