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Anyone here done this on a macbook pro? Take out the Optical drive and replace it with a SSD? Getting a new Macbook pro and have heard from a number of reliable sources that its the way to go but wouuld be great to hear if anyone here has done it and if they think it was worth it.
Optical drive, as in cd/dvd?
take out the SATA and put a SSD?
I am doing mine next week. I hear that the samsung SSD KP a lot.
* raises hand *
Though I have my SSD in the main slot (and the OS/apps on it) and the optibay for a regular (albeit high capacity) drive. For files.
Worked great for about a year. But lately it's been failing my drives. The optibay, that is. Only taken a few months for new drives to deteriorate.
Could just be the drives, not the bay.
Then again I'm on my 3rd drive in about a years time.
This is what I'm thinking.
2.66GHz Intel Core i7
8GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
240GB MERCURY SSD
500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
Be good to hear what you think when it's done KevinTx, I'm still 2 weeks to a month of from committing.
Did you do yours yourself PeterH or did you get a third party to do it?
^ Myself. Really, it's just taking off the lid of the mbp, unscrew- then wriggle away the superdrive and fasten the optibay with 3 tiny ones.
...and yes, I do realize I -could- be at fault for my failing drives due to poor installation. But no. I'm perfect.
That sounds awesome, but how do you get all your software and OS installed on the SSD without discs? You could software as ISO's/DMGs onto the old one, but that won't help if you want to migrate your OS install..?
You'd essentially have to do a clean install using an external dvd/cd drive onto it yes?
by the way, mbp get pretty hot as usually. won't it get even hotter with 2 hd's????? no, not hot as in good looking, dude.
Dudes. You still have your optical drive at hand.
If you get the optibay you also get cables and a case for the superdrive. Just plug it into the usb and pop in the osx disc. Runs smoothly. I've used it with pcs too.
...and yes, mbps gets hot.
But SSDs don't spin.
And if you have your OS, apps and files you work with located on it there's no need for your second drive to spin (in case it's a regular drive).
That's a good point. The main thing would be to get a big enough drive so you can have 10-15gb free for working files & regularly used resources like icons, textures, fonts etc..you'd just use the main HDD for music and archiving older files.. :)
- That's what I do.
Just a sidenote: I've moved from what seemed as "fast ssd"s (in spec) to reliable ones.Peter
- Like intels drives.
Before I had a Photofast and other not-so-well-known makers. They've all died. And not in the optibay tomb but sitting in the regular cradlePeter
- not in the optibay tomb but sitting in the regular cradle.
I were torrenting, which is stupid on ssds that burns out, but stillPeter
- That's what I do.
I have it done on my home 8 core, but not at work. It was as simple as powering down, taking the main panel off, swapping a cage and rebooting on the mac os CD to swap boot drives. Then a fresh install and start copying shit after that. Check their video tutorials, very very simple.
anyone running SSD? Which brand/model/spec do you recommend for a MacBook Pro??
Thanks for the links and info. Going to take the solid state option, now just have to rustle up the funds!
What's wrong with the OCZ Vertex 2's?
I was just thinking of this... weird
But can I do it on an iMac?