Need Superdrive Caddy

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Wicked1, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

    Wicked1

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    Ok so have a Monster SSD as primary Drive but now want to move my Seagate Hybrid 500GB drive as a secondary drive and move the superdrive to a caddy, need suggestions on a good caddy and aux bay for the 500GB I was thinking of getting the OWC caddy for the 500GB but not sure about external caddy for superdrive
     
  2. nitromac macrumors 6502

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    Don't bother getting the one from OWC. They're very overpriced for what they are. The ones from Nimitz are pretty highly regarded -- I bought one for my 2012 MBP. Has been working perfectly for over a year now.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/2nd-HDD-SDD...7?pt=US_Drive_Bay_Caddies&hash=item415b737383

    They have more models in their ebay store (for your specific mac) so don't immediately consider the one I linked above.

    As for a superdrive caddy -- I don't know. I bought one from ebay for ~$15 and it works fine, but it was pretty difficult to put the superdrive in the enclosure. It was more than a tight fit and I ended up breaking some of the case's plastic bits. Tested it with an old CD and it worked fine, no scratches so I don't believe I bent or broke anything related to the drive itself. Here's the link (this one looks similar enough): http://www.ebay.com/itm/External-US...=US_CD_DVD_Blu_Ray_Drives&hash=item43aeaa53ed
     
  3. raptor402 macrumors 6502

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    A word of warning: most of the cheap caddy bays you'll find on eBay and Amazon will limit your HDD's bandwidth to 1.5GB/s. Make sure you only buy a genuine, verified bay. You might have to spend $10 extra for a quality bay, but it'll be money well invested.

    Regards
    Raptor
     
  4. esadb macrumors 65816

    esadb

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    How can you find this out after the fact?

    Looks like my el-cheapo ebay caddy for $12 is linked at 3GB/s for my Optibay..
     

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  5. raptor402 macrumors 6502

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    I apologise. I was mistaken. The cutdown isn't to 1.5Gb/s, but to 3Gb/s from 6Gb/s. It's not present on my MBP (I have a mid 2010 15" with SATA II), but I noticed it on two different caddy bays (a cheap knock off and a genuine branded one) on my cousin's 2012 13". But I suppose it doesn't make much of a difference with HDDs.

    Regards
    Raptor
     

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