OptiBay for MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ChaosAngel, May 2, 2011.

  1. ChaosAngel macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2005
    Hi all,

    I have a mid-2009 15” MBP. Last year I upgraded my 500GB HDD with a 160GB SSD. Overall I love the results and believe it’s one of the best hardware upgrades I have made in recent years.

    However, 160GB quickly becomes difficult to work with (especially with multiple VMs) so I am keen to look for another internal storage solution.

    This is where OptiBay comes in. Allowing me to remove my optical drive (which I never use) and add an additional HDD.

    I am keen to understand if anyone has any experience with OptiBay? Any issues or things I should know about?

    My other problem is which one to buy? There are loads on eBay, but I worry about quality. So I have narrowed my search to:

    MCE OptiBay for $99 or iFixit OptiBay for $59.95?

    Any thoughts? I consider iFixit to be a reparable company and it’s cheaper, but I don't want to drop quality.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Queen of Spades macrumors 68030

    Queen of Spades

    May 9, 2008
    The Iron Throne
  3. DivineEvil macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2009
    I use one of those cheap ones for more than an year! I'm very satisfied. Although I had to modify it a little bit it costed me about 10$.
  4. WesCole macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    I am going to be installing the MCE Opti Bay tomorrow. Hopefully all will go smoothly. I will post and let you know how it goes.

    I will be putting a 128GB SSD in the main drive bay and the stock 320GB HDD in the optibay.
  5. mcvaughan macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Interesting you say that. I had to modify mine as well to get my Vertex 2 to fit in the OptiBay. I had to shave down some of the plastic to get the screw slots to line up properly. The MCE OptiBay is kinda flimsy, but it does seem to work just fine.
  6. tjb1 macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2010
    Pennsylvania, USA
    I dont understand why you insist on spending $60+ on a converter board and bracket...everyone including myself have a lot of success with the one from smk312 on ebay and I believe its $20-$28. There are really no electronics on that board, it basically just converts from one plug to another.
  7. adcx64 macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2008
  8. kdoug macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2010
    Iowa City, IA USA
    Or this one; http://www.maxupgrades.com/istore/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_ID=348

    Another option; http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_27&products_id=259

    Lots of choices.......

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