SSD replacing optical drive *WITHOUT* using Optibay

Discussion in 'iMac' started by takamine, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. takamine macrumors member

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm looking to upgrade a 2009 27" iMac i7 with an SSD in the place of the optical drive.

    Just a simple question, instead of buying an Optibay, can I just the SSD to the back wall of the iMac housing with velcro and connect the SATA/power cable to the SSD straight on? Or is it necessary to have the Optibay?

    Thanks
     
  2. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Its physically impossible to install an internal SSD without replacing the hard drive or optical drive. Even if there were physical space to do it, there are no available SATA ports.
     
  3. Kenndac macrumors 6502

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    Also, if you want to replace the optical drive, the optical drive uses a different SATA connector to hard drive/optical drives (I believe it's called Slimline SATA), so you'll need an adaptor.
     
  4. takamine thread starter macrumors member

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  5. iDutchman macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, that will work. I just that that to my friends iMac 27" 2009 model. He also has a macbook pro model, but they work perfectly fine.
     
  6. takamine thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the info and reassurance! Just ordered one.
     
  7. InfoTime macrumors 6502

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    Bumping an old thread... I have the same question, unfortunately it looks like that eBay link has expired. Anyone know what that item is?
     

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