Replacing optical drive with SSD - Battery Life, Looks, Thoughts?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kauff, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. kauff macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2011
    After reading a few threads on the subject here, I'm thinking of replacing the optical drive in my 2010 MBP with a SSD.

    I was thinking of what disadvantages it might have. So, for the people here who have taken the plunge: has your battery life suffered? Does the computer run hotter? What does the former optical drive look like from the outside, could you take a picture?

    Thanks a lot in advance
  2. schemula macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2011
    I am interested in this as well. Esp does the HD go to sleep and need to be woken up constantly when doing finder things?
  3. shelhed217 macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2010
    Interested here as well, and what practical difference is there in SATA 2 vs 3? I planned on putting the OS and a game or two on the SSD drive. TIA
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Ive been running with a HD in a caddy and SSD in the HD bay for a few years now, no problems. Matter of fact I'm going to upgrade my 250GB to 1TB.
    Go for it.
  5. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2009
    How's the battery life?

    Anyway to unmount the secondary HDD when not needed?
  6. kauff thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2011
    Would you mind taking a pic of the side of the macbook? Can you see the caddy at all?
  7. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    I replaced my super drive with an SSD and I have my HDD in the hard drive slot. Battery life has been fine so far. Saturday I used my computer all day and I got around 7 hours out of it.
  8. polbit macrumors 6502


    Sep 18, 2002
    South Carolina
    I have had no issues whatsover with my SSD in the optical bay. Love the setup.

    As far as looks, you can't tell at all from the outside. Can't take a pix as I'm at work right now.
  9. Biff... macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2010
    Sherman Oaks, CA.
    I just purchased the kit, with a scorpio black 750gb hardrive, I plan on running my SSD as my boot drive, and the hard drive in the optical bay.
  10. awer25 macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2011
    I've not had any drop in battery or heat issues, and externally the laptop looks the exact same, so there's no need for a picture.
  11. riptideMBP, Aug 1, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2011

    riptideMBP macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2011
    I got about 10 min extra battery when after installing the SSD over the course of around 5 and a half hours. As the other users said, it looks exactly the same from the outside.

    EDIT: Also as far as keeping the drive spun down, make sure nothing is checking the disk's smart status (such as istat). You can also set the disk to go to sleep faster in terminal with something such as "sudo pmset -a spindown 1" (0 is never sleep, integers represent time in minutes).
  12. kauff thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2011
    Thank you guys, you have all been very helpful

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