Where to get optibay?

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  1. magimat macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    What's the best deal on an optibay? I thought owc was carrying it but I can't find it on their site.

    There are several alternatives from china on ebay for about 25-30$, but I'm not sure if it's a good deal or not.

    Anyway, 100$ from MCE directly really looks like a ripoff to me for a simple adapter, but I wanted to know where you guys get your optibay solution from?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. nygfan80 macrumors regular

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    How easy it to install the superdrive in the enclosure?
     
  4. Benito macrumors 6502

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    Not bad with my non unibody, easier with the unibody design.

    ifixit has step by steps on the tear down that should help.
     
  5. nygfan80 macrumors regular

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    I am going to do this but I don't know if I am going to go with the OWC data doubler or the one that was linked above from mcetech. I kind of like it comes with a free enclosure. Just worried about things moving around and a lot of rattling. Is it pretty stable once it's installed?
     
  6. laser71 macrumors regular

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    For what it's worth, I got mine on eBay, $20 shipped to my door. It is coming from China and will take a few weeks, and is not very flashy - but it's an internal component I'll never see, and apparently they work just as well as OWC / MCEtech
     
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    Do you have a link OR a seller reference?

    Thanks, Alex
     
  8. nygfan80 macrumors regular

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    I bought the one from mcetech. I think it's a good deal and the data double looks more solid than the plastic one OWC sells. Now it's going to be interesting doing this myself.
     
  9. Skybar macrumors member

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    Dude, OWC's optibay bracket is not made of plastic. It's aluminum.
     
  10. nygfan80 macrumors regular

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    Yeah I knew that, my brain is somewhere else today. I just meant it looks more stable than the one OWC sells.
     
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  12. daigohgoh macrumors newbie

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    so what do i type in ebay search engine if i want to buy a case for the superdrive and attach it via USB?
     
  13. sachinwalia macrumors member

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    just search for optibay on ebay and you'll find the alternatives. Cheaper I've found is for $15+ including shipping.
     
  14. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020

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    Does your ebay optibay negotiate link speed at 3Gbps or 1.5Gbps? Was it a US seller?
     
  15. mediasorcerer macrumors regular

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    has anyone here had any experience with max upgrades? and the usb case for dvd drive? thinking of buying one today,for ssd .id rather pay bit more n get quality,not all electrical components are the same,there is things like quality of pc board,soldering,and components too,any ideas if maxupgrades is worth it?
     
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  17. 199708 macrumors 6502

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    wondering what the MCEtech superdrive encloser looks like Anyone have a pic or review on its quality?
     
  18. mediasorcerer macrumors regular

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    ive heard its crap,and also that mce is overpriced and cheapish ive read here and there,im going for the maxupgrades one ,after researching for ages,my next bet would be owc d/doubler,but the maxupgrades has great looking usb external enclosure that looks similar to apples air ext superdrive,and an apple like usb plug too.i like the idea of the frame ones too for airflow,like owc,s or maxupgrades,id recommend stay from cheap ebay ones,some have had probs with em,
     
  19. 199708 macrumors 6502

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    I've also done abit of my own research, a logitech dvd/drive goes for about 3000yen (US$40) here in Tokyo, + $10 optibay from ebay. thats $50.

    I'm wondering if its possible to buy a portble bluray/burner combo USB drive and if this will work on a mac. hmmm
     
  20. marc11 macrumors 68000

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    ... edited I have MaxUpgrades one....
     
  21. 199708 macrumors 6502

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    Ended up getting a $9. eBay version and found a buffalo cd/DVD combo drive for $42 roughly. Hopefully it all works, time to buy an SSD :)
     
  22. mediasorcerer macrumors regular

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    yes,could you please post back here when you get it all rigged up,and give us the morning glory on it?

    the only problem with the cheap stuff is-can be a waste of cash if it dont work,guess u can refund,but thats a hassle,still,it may easily do the job,hope it does for you,im doing this mod too,regs ms.:D
     

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