Optical drive SATA version in Mid 2010 MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AmbientChaos, Jun 25, 2014.

  1. AmbientChaos macrumors member


    Feb 11, 2014
    So I'm about to put an SSD in my MBP 13 mid 2010 in a data doubler, into the optical drive bay and make it my boot disk.

    System Report tells me the following information about my MacBook Pro 13" mid 2010:

    NVidia MCP89 AHCI
    Link Speed: 3 Gigabit
    Negotiated Link Speed: 3 Gigabit

    It appears as though this NVidia includes both the optical drive bay and the main drive bay. Does this mean anything I put in my computer is limited to SATA II?

    If so, would the performance of my SSD in either location stay the same? I veer towards putting it in the optical drive bay as the hard drive bay has shock absorption.
  2. GhettoMrBob macrumors regular

    May 21, 2014
    Both SATA connections are 3Gb/s. That being said I'd place the SSD in the optibay and the HDD in the regular spot for the sudden motion sensor (as you've said).

    I've successfully done this on that same model when I had it.
  3. AmbientChaos thread starter macrumors member


    Feb 11, 2014
    Thanks for sharing! I've just set it up like you, and so far so good. If I ever upgrade my Mac I'll bring the SSD along, that way I can take advantage of the full speed of SATA III + SSD

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