Resolved Where to install SSD in Macbook Pro 17" (May 2011)

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  1. KRB24, Mar 26, 2012
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    KRB24 macrumors member

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    I currently have a 750GB 5400 RPM hardrive in my Macbook Pro 17" (May 2011). I want to add a SSD (Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB SATA 2.5-Inch) to it. Should I install the SSD in the optibay slot or in the main harddrive slot next to the battery? In other words, are both slots SATA III? If they are both SATA III, then it shouldn't matter where I install it, right? What about heat issues. Is one slot better with heat over the other? Thanks.
     
  2. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    To find out, go to

    :apple: > About this Mac > More Info > System Report > Serial-ATA > Link Speed
     
  3. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    Although lots are having success with mounting SSDs in the optical bay that reports SATA 3, lots of SSD manufacturers are not recommending mounting anything more than SATA2 in the optical bay due to the inconsistencies in stability they have found.

    If you do support SATA 3 then make sure the caddy you get supports SATA 3 as well, as lots of them still currently support SATA 2 only.
     
  4. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    i thought there was only a Feb 2011 and Oct 2011
     
  5. KRB24, Mar 26, 2012
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    The "Link Speeds" are both 6Gb, which I'm assuming means they are both SATA III. However, the Superdrive slot has a Negotiated Link Speed of 1.5Gb, while the main drive slot has 3Gb. What does this mean?

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    Feb 2011 = May 2011 :D

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    It makes sense to install the SSD in the main drive slot, and the HDD in the optibay slot. A SATA II caddy will be fine for installing the HDD right? Like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Second-...ge_Internal&hash=item2ebc293531#ht_3951wt_915
     
  6. KRB24 thread starter macrumors member

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    How do I find out if my HDD is SATA I, II, or III?
     
  7. shareef777 macrumors 68020

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    Based on your previous post, your drive speed is SATA2 (3Gb), but the port/link is capable of SATA3 (6Gb). And the SuperDrive limits the port to SATA1 (1.5Gb).
     
  8. KRB24 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you, my friend! :D
     

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