replace SuperDrive by SSD

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  1. MahaA macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys!

    I own a Macbook Pro 13”, Mid 2012

    I’d like to replace the optical drive with a 1TB SSD and keep my old HDD.
    I want to make sure I will have the SSD connected to the right port in order to get most out of the SSD speed.

    Here is what the System Information says about my SATA slots:
    The first slot which is connected to my HDD:
    Vendor: Intel
    Product: 7 Series Chipset
    Link Speed: 6 Gigabit
    Negotiated Link Speed: 3 Gigabit

    Physical Interconnect: SATA
    Description: AHCI Version 1.30 Supported

    The second slot which is connected to my optical drive:
    Vendor: Intel
    Product: 7 Series Chipset
    Link Speed: 6 Gigabit
    Negotiated Link Speed: 1.5 Gigabit

    Physical Interconnect: SATA
    Description: AHCI Version 1.30 Supported


    Just to make sure I get this right:

    My MBP features two identical chipsets with a link speed of 6gb each. Thus, it won’t make a difference to which port I’ll connect the SSD and I’ll get the SATA III speed anyway?

    (I’m asking because I read that it’s favourable to move the old HDD to the slot which previously was used for the optical drive and connect the SSD to the slot which was previously connected to the HDD - but this procedure obviously would cause some extra work which I’d like to avoid)

    Add on question:

    What kind of case do I need to put the super drive in, in order to use as an external cd drive in the future.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. MacInTO macrumors 65816

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    The SSD will operate at full sata speed in either port. You won't notice any difference in speed where it is located. You can test each connection by putting the SSD first in the normal place and then in the optical port to see the connection speed. But it shouldn't matter either way.

    In some of the older Macs (15" 2011?) there was only one 6gbs port. But in your Mac you don't have to worry.

    For your optical drive you can buy a cheap enclosure from eBay or Amazon. I have one but have only ever used it to make sure it worked. Had I known, I would not have spent that $10! o_O
     
  3. staggerlee41 macrumors 6502a

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    I have the same model, 13" mid 2012 and went with a Trandscend JetDrive. You'll get a case with the kit to put your current drive in. I used SuperDuper to clone my current HD. It was an absolutely simple and painless process. I did not touch the optical drive. The performance upgrade is like going from dial up to high speed internet. Really a worthwhile and noticeable upgrade, it feels like a brand new computer. I highly recommend giving consideration to the Transcend JetDrive.
     
  4. MahaA thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your help! :)

    One additional question:
    I'd like to clone everything (including the OS) from the HDD to the new SSD. Afterwards, I want to erase all data from the old HDD and use it like for storage.

    I guess I don't need any additional hardware (the "starter kit") in order to do this and can clone my system once the super drive has been replaced by the SSD, right?
     
  5. MacInTO macrumors 65816

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    You can use Disk Utility to both clone the drive and to erase or reformat the old drive for storage. You can also use Time Machine to clone the drive from what I've read, but I've never done it as I don't use Time Machine.
     
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  7. staggerlee41 macrumors 6502a

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    Here's a link to the Transcend JetDrive. There's a video walk though on this page which explains the process

    https://us.transcend-info.com/apple/jetdrive420/

    I purchased mine from Amazon.

    I cloned the current HD to the JetDrive SSD using SuperDuper instead of the native apps and replicated an exact image of it. Then swapped out the old HD and replaced it with the JetDrive SSD. Never skipped a beat. All data was brought over. Once that's in place and you're comfortable, you can erase the old drive and use for storage. They provide a case to tuck the old drive into. It's one stop shopping. If you don't need all that, there are likely other options out there as well.
     
  8. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Its simply an SSD to <replace> your HDD and a case to put the old HDD in and connect it via USB...nothing special.

    I have 2x 1TB SSDs in my 2011 13" and both run at full SATA3 speed.
     
  9. MacInTO macrumors 65816

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    I know this company from their SD card storage expansion modules, but not SATA SSDs.

    Pretty big price tag on this at Amazon. The comprable Samsung SSD is $200 less than the transcend SSD.

    Why is it priced at such a premium?
     
  10. simonsi macrumors 601

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    USB drive caddy included (that must be like $10), and the rest is marketing...
     
  11. MacInTO macrumors 65816

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    True!

    For the same money one can get a Samsung SATA SSD and this external SSD for less!

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073GZBT36/
     
  12. staggerlee41 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sure there are a plethora of more affordable options out there than the Transcend option. I'm recommending it as a solution to look into because I have first hand experience with it. A colleague recommended this as he too did the same thing and it worked well for him. I can report that after a year+ things are still flawless and performance is great. Again, not suggesting there aren't other good options, I'm merely recommending what I have first hand experience with. Whichever hardware you end up with, the process is still the same.
     
  13. MahaA thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys!

    One final question before I waste a lot of money on incompatible hardware.

    My intention is the following:
    In case I'll buy a new macbook in a few years it might be favourable to have a mSata SSD instead of a Sata drive because the latter might not fit in a newer, smaller macbook.
    I'd like to have your advice whether this is a good idea or whether this russian doll situation might cause some troubles.

    Could you please tell me if the following pieces are compatible:
    the mSata SSD I want to buy:
    https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00TGIVRYU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A3JWKAKR8XB7XF&psc=1

    mSata -> Sata adapter
    https://www.amazon.de/Adapter-Gehäu...qid=1508942376&sr=8-14&keywords=msata+adapter

    adapter:
    https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00E8BVEBQ/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I39Y3SJSBOMIA1&colid=3KXHCC97QG7C5&th=1


    Thanks!
     

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