Optical bay adapter

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  1. krombie19 macrumors newbie

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    I have a late 2011 MBP 15". I just bought a crucial m4 ssd and want to install it the optical bay. How do I tell what size caddy I will need?

    Thanks
     
  2. Sairo macrumors regular

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    They all have the same size.
    Just be sure you get one for a MBP.
     
  3. NMF macrumors 6502a

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    Do they all allow for a SATA III connection, or do only certain ones provide that?
     
  4. Sairo macrumors regular

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    Yes they do. Your MacBook provides that b
     
  5. user418, Jul 7, 2012
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    There are known reported issues with a SATA III SSD working in the optibay. Your best bet would be to place the SSD in the HDD spot and the HDD in the ODD spot. Do a quick search here on MR or Google it for more detailed info. Would provide the link for you myself but I'm late for an appointment.

    Check out the OWC Data Doubler. It's a bit more expensive but works straight out the box. The price has come down recently and may head south even further. There are cheaper caddies to be found on eBay but I've read they all don't fit perfectly and or require some type of adjustments to fit properly.

    Here's a link that might help you out.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1104245&highlight=ssd+in+optibay
     
  6. brand macrumors 601

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    There are disadvantages with the drives in that configuration also. If the HDD is in the ODD spot then it is not able to use the sudden motion sensor to park the heads in the event of sudden movement.
     
  7. user418 macrumors 6502a

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    That's a true statement also. However, the majority of users/posts here on MR regarding using dual drives lean towards the SSD in the HDD slot and the HDD in the ODD slot. That configuration has presented the fewest obstacles and seems to work quite well for most.
     
  8. krombie19 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    SSD in ODD, HDD in orignal Spot

    So let me pose this question, would the SSD in the ODD spot with the HDD in the orignal spot lend me any gains in computer speed? I plan on buying a large HDD (>=3 TB) with motion sensor installed on it, then move the drives to their optimal configuration.

    Would I see any gains from the SSD in the optical spot until I buy the massive HDD?
     
  9. ivnj macrumors 65816

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    Why not just get an external. Why ruin a perfectly good mac book pro.
     
  10. krombie19 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I do a lot of traveling with MBP and run massive spreadsheets and databases so I would the enjoy the advanced speeds.
     
  11. mattonthemoon macrumors regular

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    Here's all you need to know:
    http://blog.macsales.com/11895-2011-macbook-pro-sata-problems-resolved

    Basically the 15" and 17" 2011 MBP cannot do SATA III in the optical bay.

    Also, OWC has an amazing Drive Doubler, best optical bay adapter:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/Search/Se..._Popularity|1&Ne=5000&N=7854&Ntt=data+doubler
     
  12. krombie19 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, so you convinced me, SSD in the main bay. So how do I fit the SSD in the main bay, do I need an adapter?
     

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