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Old 04-27-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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MBP 17" '09: SSD instead of superdrive: adapters (optibay, etc)

I am looking at replacing my superdrive with a second hard drive, specifically SSD.

1) I have a '09 17" mbp, so that means sata 2, 300mb/s max data rate, right? What drive would you suggest? I am looking around the 120gb size.

2) What are my adapter options? Optibay, hdcaddy and what else? Is there anything cheaper?

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Old 05-27-2012, 03:09 PM   #2
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I would recommend that you check out Bare Feats http://barefeats.com for tests on the fastest SSDs and recommendations about supported Macs.

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Old 05-27-2012, 04:01 PM   #3
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Definitely follow Trevor's suggestion, but also know that there is another method for adding an SSD using the ExpressCard slot on your MacBook Pro. This is the approach I used while also replacing the internal hard drive with a larger, faster platter-style one.

Since SSDs are expensive at large capacities, this worked well for me. I put everything but my sizable multimedia collection on the SSD. The internal platter drive has multiple partitions, one for my multimedia (which I simply direct iTunes to use) and another which is a nightly clone of my SSD. Yes, I have other clones, but in the event that I'm somewhere with my computer and there's an issue with the SSD, I have a clone immediately available.

I made this switch about 1.5 years ago. My memory is that my 92 GB ExpressCard SSD cost about $200 and the 500 GB, 7,200 RPM internal drive was about $75. I've got loads more space than I originally had (120 GB), I gained the speed of an SSD, and I felt it was a reasonable cost for extending the comfortable usage life of a 2006 MacBook Pro. The downside to what I did is that my next computer likely won't have an ExpressCard slot, and while the SSD I bought can be connected to a computer using a micro USB-to-USB 2 cable, I would lose the speed gains of the SSD in that setup.
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hdcaddy, optibay, ssd

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