Replacing the CD Drive in a MPB with a Harddrive?

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  1. caintg macrumors newbie

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    I am considering purchasing a MPB and I would like to know what my options are on getting the most storage space possible on the computer. I am a photographer and I would like to harddrives with one of the mirroring the other. Thanks for your help in advance...
     
  2. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    there are some people who have done it to macbooks but i dont know about the Pro's but i guess the same can be done
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Note, it's a different bus though.. on the MBP, the HD is SATA, the SuperDrive is PATA.






    EDIT: Removed incorrect info. Correction, the MBA's HD is PATA, the MB is SATA HDs.
     
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    http://www.mcetech.com/optibay/


    Note that the connection is PATA for the CD drive, which means you won't be able to buy one of the higher capacity hard drives to replace the CD drive. I wish they made a 500gb PATA drive, 1TB in a laptop would be awesome!
     
  5. djbahdow01 macrumors 6502a

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    According to their site they do offer a 1TB option for the 17" Macbook Pro.
     
  6. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    That's... pretty amazing.

    Just imagine when 1 TB (or 640 GB) laptop HDDs come out.... 1.28-2 TBs of space in a 1" laptop.

    2x640 would be good, because finally you'd get to see something that says "1.2 TB" instead of 930 GB ;)
     
  7. 61132 Guest

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    Wow, it looks like they are offering 500gb drives for the optical bay in the 15" macbook pro. I may just have to upgrade to one of these :) My 500gb internal drive only has 100gb free.
     
  8. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    Man you guys are crazy. Use way more space than I ever do :p

    Largest drive I have at home (that I personally use) is 160 GB :p

    Granted, I use five drives for a total of 480 GB (across two computers), but still. I only use about 200 GB total.
     
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    It's all of the TV Shows and movies in iTunes that are hogging the space on my MBP. About 170gb each :)
     
  11. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    yeah I have a 500GB HDD in my iMac with 150GB on it and a 1TB MyBook For Time Machine that has the same on it plus i have an 8GB usb flash drive thats full and a 100GB external HDD with 50GB on it

    yes you do lol :p
     
  12. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    Lol. I guess so. I have a lot more space taken up by TV shows/movies than I do.. the other stuff.
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You'd be amazed at how fast space fills up! My music collection alone is over 150GB, not counting videos, photos and other files.
     
  14. Fabiano macrumors regular

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    I guess doing it will cut in half the battery life, right? I mean, 2 HDDs spining on the same notebook would suck a lot of power.... :eek:
     
  15. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    Oh my God, lol. Mine's a bit over 2 GB. It wouldn't even be that big if it was in uncompressed AIFF format =p

    I have a few GB of photos... maybe 10 GB max... videos/movies (including TV shows) is around 40 GB. About 40-50 GB of applications, I think.
     

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