iFixit Mac Unibody Laptop Dual Drive Upgrade Kit (Part Only)
Replace a laptop optical drive with a 7mm/9.5 mm SATA drive
- CDs are fast becoming obsolete, yet data space never goes out of style.
- Adds a lot more space to your laptop.
- Add an SSD for your OS and most commonly used Apps to drastically increase your speed, while still keeping your old HDD for capacity.
- This part is the enclosure only. If you need the full kit with all driver bits and a cable to re-use your old optical drive, then buy the SATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure Kit
- Does not include hard drive. buy one here
- SATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure
- All Unibody MacBooks and Unibody MacBook Pros (excluding MacBook Pro Retina)
Special compatibility notes related to use of this product with SATA III (6Gb/s) SSDs in the following machines
- 2011 MacBook Pro 13" (Model ID MacBookPro8,1)
- 2011 MacBook Pro 15" (Model ID MacBookPro8,2)
- 2011 MacBook Pro 17" (Model ID MacBookPro8,3)
- 2012 MacBook Pro 13" (Model ID MacBookPro9,2)
- 2012 MacBook Pro 15" (Model ID MacBookPro9,1)
MAIN BAY: A SATA III SSD or HDD may be utilized in the main bay (move the original factory drive or second SSD into the Optical Bay*) for reliable SATA Revision 3.0 6Gb/s performance in excess of 500MB/s.
(Model ID MacBookPro8,3) models. After successfully applying Apple’s EFI 2.2 or later update, your Boot ROM Version will be: MBP81.0047.B1E or later, but using 6Gb/s HDD's or SSD's in the optical bay will still be unstable. Read on for additional information.
OPTICAL BAY: The optical bay interface may either be SATA Revision 2.0 3Gb/s (300MB/s max) OR SATA Revision 3.0 6Gb/s. There is no way to specify/order this data interface with Apple, but you can confirm what interface version your optical bay offers by using 'About this Mac, More Info, Serial-ATA' info display.
Testing has shown that SATA III (6Gb/s) SSD's and HDD's are not reliably supported in the optical bay of 2011 and 2012 MacBook Pros (Model ID 8,1; 8,2; 8,3; 9,1; 9,2). When installing a second SATA III SSD/HDD in these models, you should ONLY install that drive in the main drive bay and utilize this Dual Drive Kit to re-task your existing drive or install a new 3G SSD or HDD in the optical bay. PRE-2011 models can utilize a 6G drive in the optical bay, but will do so at a reduced 3G (3Gb/s) speed.
MacBook Pro 13" models: Apple does not support the use of 6Gb/s drives in the optical bay and your mileage may vary. For better reliability/compatibility, we suggest 6Gb/s drives be used in the main drive bay only, and 3Gb/s hard drives or SSDs be used in the optical bay when a two-drive configuration is desired. We cannot guarantee proper or successful 6Gb/s drive operation in the Apple MacBook Pro 13" optical bay.
2008/2009 MacBook/MacBook Pro 13", 15", and 17" models . (Model IDs: MacBookPro5,1; 5,2; 5,3; 5,4; 5,5 and MacBook5,1; 6,1; 7,1) While a 6Gb/s SSD does function, it will only do so at SATA Revision 1.0 (1.5Gb/s) speeds rather that the SATA Revision 2.0 (3.0Gb/s) speed the machine can deliver. It would be better to re-task your original factory drive to the optical bay in this instance, and use a new 6Gb/s SSD or HDD in the factory bay.
NOTE: Apple's DVD Player application only works with an internal optical drive or Apple's external SuperDrive. To play DVDs with your removed optical drive after connecting it via the USB cable included with this kit, we recommend the free VLC Player, which can be downloaded from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
iFixit Mac Unibody Laptop Dual Drive Upgrade Kit (Part Only) Video
iFixit is a private company in San Luis Obispo, California. Founded in 2003 while the founders were attending Cal Poly, the company sells repair parts and publishes free wiki-like online repair guides for consumer electronics and gadgets on its web site. Founder Kyle Wiens aims to reduce electronic waste by teaching people to repair their own gear and offering tools, parts, and a forum to discuss repairs.
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