replacing optical drive with ssd.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by e-dub, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. e-dub macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2011
    i've not been able to find my answer, and that could be because i'm using the wrong search terms. hope this won't start a war, but...

    i have an optibay and an owc ssd en route. after placing the order (a couple minutes ago, really) i recalled reading somewhere that an ssd in the optibay slot can't be used as the boot volume, that it has to occupy the space where the stock hdd resides. is that true? i'd much rather boot from the ssd in the optical bay slot, but if it isn't possible, it isn't possible. thanks, you guys.

    eric b
  2. e-dub thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2011
  3. tasslehawf macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2003
    Austin, TX
    I'm using a Mercury Extreme pro in an optibay (as I type) as my startup disk. It works link a charm in my new 2011 MBP, and it worked equally as well in my 2010 i5 MBP.

    It may have been more of an issue on the earlier non-unibody's that didn't have an Sata optical drive.
  4. e-dub thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2011
  5. legreve macrumors regular


    Nov 22, 2010
    It you bought a sata iii ssd, just put it in the main bay and buy a proper HD for the optibay...
  6. Lapsang macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2011
    The MacBook Pro doesn't support SATA III so there is no need to put the hdd in the optibay for performance reasons. AFAIK the optibay doesn't have the Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS) so it might actually be a bad idea to put hdd in the optibay slot.
  7. ZaNGieD macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2010

    Im interested in add an optibay in my mbp 2011 too, but i would like to add a external bluray solution too, any recomendations ?¿

    Thx in advance.

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