optibay installation question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jshurak, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. jshurak macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2011

    New here. I have a question for the people that have installed this in the latest (or last physical revision). Step 6 in the supplied guide (under the Unibody Macbook Pro xx" (Mid 2010) section) states to "Carefully disengage the optical drive data connector from the logic board."

    In step 8 you remove this connector from the optical drive and attach it to the optibay. My question is: Does this connector get reconnected to the logic board? It seems obvious that it should as this is the data connector, but it is not mentioned in the guide. Is the data connection made some other way or did MCE leave this out of the guide?
  2. rebby macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2008
    Must have been left out of the guide. It's pretty self explanatory once you get in there.
  3. jshurak thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2011
  4. jshurak thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2011
    can you use any 2.5 hdd? I bought my own, but the bay doesn't sit snug, the original screws for the optical drive won't reach
  5. danetello macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK
    No, you need to make sure it is less than 9.5mm high otherwise it will not fit.
  6. jshurak thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2011
    yeah.....figured that one out the hard way. thanks.
  7. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    well the easy fix is to put the 12.5mm in your HDD bay and put your OEM HDD in the optibay.
  8. foulmouthedleon macrumors regular


    Feb 25, 2008
    Annapolis, MD
    Stupid question, I'm sure. But I'll ask anyway. For all of these people who are installing a second HDD/SSD in place of the optical drive - won't there still be a slit in the side of the MBP making it "look" like the optical drive is still there? Or do these frames come with something that will make it appear more flush against the rest of the aluminum body?
  9. rebby macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2008
    No frame "plug". It still looks like there is an optical drive.
  10. nygfan80 macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    Here's a stupid one. Usually when it boots up, it checks if there is something in the optical drive first. If it is switched out, will it first check the new drive in the data doubler? Plus how do you change the boot order, instead having the hard drive boot before the optical drive?
  11. aCondor macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2010
    United States
    I've been thinking about doing this, too, with the 13" 2011 MBP. I would be using an SSD for OS/applications and the original HD for more storage.

    Is it difficult to program the MBP to boot with the SSD (How do you transfer the OS files and applications from the HD to SSD)?

    Does it matter if the SSD is in the HD bay or the Optical Bay?

    First-time Mac user here, so I don't know too much about swapping out SSD's, Mac OS, or changing preferences in MBPs.
  12. apd macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2011
    You might want to do a bit of research on this before you dive in. I would put the SSD in the main HDD bay. However, before you do that, either install OSX to the SSD whilst it's connected to a USB port / firewire port and then use Migration Assistant to transfer any settings / apps / docs you have already made on your HDD. Or you can just use SuperDuper to clone the HDD to the SSD before swapping them.

    OSX is very good at working out which drive to boot from. Let it boot from the SSD before installing the Optibay. If it's having an issue when the Optibay's installed, either erase the HDD in Disk Utility (provided it;s backed up!) or select the startup disk in System Preferences / Startup Disk. You will find everything is much easier than on Windoze!
  13. Terry Norton macrumors member

    Terry Norton

    Mar 3, 2011
    Let's not forget that cloning a drive, such as the main HD to another HD or SSD, doesn't require installing third party software, such as SuperDuper or CarbonCopyCloner.

    Disk Utility, in the Utilities folder, does this task quite well and easy using the Restore feature.

    Of course, if you are going to buy SuperDuper anyway to automatically schedule cloning, then use whatever suites your fancy.
  14. zcast macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    I would love an explanation of this process. I have a new 17" with a factory Apple SSD installed. I plan on buying the data doubler and moving the stock SSD to the DD and a new SATA III SSD into the main drive bay. Is there a no-hassle way of moving my data over to the new SSD and then throwing that drive into the main bay and the computer booting up like nothing has ever changed? I am trying to research this process, but seeing as this conversation already exists, I thought I would ask.



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