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[mini HOW TO] Put 2nd hard drive in place of Optical


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vboyz

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So I did this and now I have:

1. 120gb Patriot Pyro SSD - primary OS drive
2. 500gb Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid drive - secondary drive
3. Superdrive or optical or CDROM is now GONE - external enclosure

on my Macbook Pro mid-2011 model.

You need to get this caddy: http://www.newmodeus...products_id=410

The above caddy is the cheapest with good build quality and good for heat dissipation.

There is another model named OWC Data Doubler (http://eshop.macsale...ting/DDAMBS0GB/) but I didn't like it because more expensive and made out of plastic, seems flimsy and breakable.

Anyway, get one of the caddy and youtube how to replace the superdrive: https://www.youtube....h?v=Rbx6C-PlZZw

Voila! Now you have ample of storage space in your MbP.

My lappy is flying with all these storage and SSD. I'm loving it.

Edit: See screenshot for my final product.

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missingsteve

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Thank you for your experience. I will make just two important remarks:
  • OWC Data Doubler is made of metal.
  • Additional disk if it is HDD, should be set in place instead of the main SSD.
So the SSD-drive should be mounted in the caddy. It's all about - a sudden motion sensor,
which is very important for the proper operation of the HDD in a shaking or falling.

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i also removed my disc drive and placed a ssd with a caddy, its best to use the ssd in the caddy in my experience due to no moving parts and heat,its worth it though, my mac 2.26duo boots in 15 seconds,





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