SSD Optical Drive Swap 2006 Macbook Pro 17"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by chuuchhackz, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. chuuchhackz macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2011
    I'm giving my younger brother my old MBP, but I want to upgrade the optical bay to an SSD for his OS.

    I did this on my unibody Macbook Pro, and love the speed. I've been searching around the web, and specifically OWC. I read somewhere that the connections to the optical drive aren't ATA - is that true? Any recommendations for what to purchase would be greatly appreciated! His 2005 MacBook just died.

    Looking for a 120GB config. Already has the 160GB Internal stock 5400 HDD.

    I read the SSD buyers guide, but didn't see many recommendations.

    Thanks for the help!
  2. Squilly macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    I don't even think the '06 model is compatible for SSDs...
  3. AlexMaximus, Feb 19, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013

    AlexMaximus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2006
    A400M Base
    THIS is the one to go for...

    The normal 06' HD bay should be a standard SATA version. However since you want to put it into the opti bay it could be an older ATA or PATA connection. It this case you would need this one here:

    Make sure you give them a call. On the owc configuration page choosing which model you have to determine which hd you need, the legacy solution only states the 05' model and older. So you may even go with a SATA. My advice, call them..

  4. chuuchhackz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2011
    It actually is and works great!

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