Optibay and SSD advice needed

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iMexican, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. iMexican, Apr 21, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2012

    iMexican macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2011
    Im considering changing the DVD drive for a optibay since dvds are for cavemen living in the stone age....

    What i really want to do is buy a 32 or 40gb SSD (depending on the os size), rip the dvd drive out and buy an enclosure and convert it to a external superdrive. Buy an optidrive along with a 1tb hdd and use that for software and general storage.

    I wondering if anyone has done this and what files do i need to clone to the new ssd to keep everything intact (desktop loadout, system preferences...etc), and what are the procedures and problems such as: will i be able to install bootcamp on the external drive? and have the bootcamp files (stuff like games) on the external drive?

    thanks and peas out

    EDIT: system specs

    model: macbook pro 13" late 2011 model
    cpu: i5 2.3ghz
    ram: upgraded to 8gb

    also considering changing the thermal paste
  2. macbook pro i5 macrumors 65816

    macbook pro i5

    May 13, 2011
    New Zealand
    I'm afraid I can only answer one question,tha is yes it has been attempted.use google for instructions?
  3. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    Just search this forum. Click through a few pages and you should find dozens of thread that tackle that.
  4. riptideMBP macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2011
  5. diamond3 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2005
    I wouldn't go with a 30-40 gb SSD. You want to be able to store your applications on the SSD with out running the risk of being full. Getting a 60+ GB would be better if you could do it.

    This might be what you are looking for:

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