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Hard Drive Caddy Tray for Apple Unibody MacBook / MacBook Pro 13 15 17 SuperDrive (Replacement Only)
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- This hard drive caddy replaces the internal SuperDrive of your Unibody MacBook, MacBook Pro (13,15,17) with a
- It can be made part of RAID array and Bootable.
- Compatible with: 2.5"/9.5mm SATA HDD or SSD, Hard drive NOT include
- Compatible Model: Macbook: MB466LL/A, MB467LL/A, MB881LL/A, MB240LL/A, MB207LL/A, MB516LL/A,
- Package Content: 1x 2nd HDD Caddy for Apple Macbook Pro, 4x Hard Drive Screws
- Macbook Pro: MB470LL/A, MB471LL/A, MB604LL/A, MB026LL/A, MB990LL/A, MB991LL/A, MB118LL/Am, MB985LL/A,
- MB700LL/A, MB721LL/A, MB723LL/A, MB724LL/A, MB725LL/A (Early 2011)
- High performance SATA hard drive providing up to 500GB of additional internal hard drive space.
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This item only fits unibody models (Late 2008/Early 2009/Mid 2009/Late 2009/Early 2010/Mid 2010)
It doesn't fit non-unibody models.
It doesn't fit PowerBook G4 ,Mac mini and iMac
It does not fit early 2011 Macbook Pro 13"
Top Customer Reviews
I read the reviews of the other hard drive caddies not specifically designed for the MBP. The general feedback for those products was 1) you needed to pry off a piece of plastic to get it to fit in the MBP and 2) there's nothing securing the caddy to the case. Folks were generally OK with all that because those products were a fraction of the price of an OptiBay or Data Doubler. I decided to give this product a try (for a couple of dollars more than the generic caddies), and I'm glad I did!
This caddy actually fits the MBP! I mounted the HDD to the caddy using the screw holes underneath the HDD and the included screws. I needed to transfer a small bracket from the SuperDrive to the caddy. Once that was done, I reassembled my MBP with the caddy using the same screws and screw holes that the SuperDrive used. The only exceptions were two screws along the MBP case edge where I needed to use the slightly longer screws that came with the caddy instead of the originals. Everything worked out like a charm!
***Update Nov 2012***
As you might have heard, Apple introduced a feature called Fusion Drive that automatically (automagically?) manages your data between an SSD and an HDD to maximize performance. An internet user was apparently able to tweak this feature in Mountain Lion to work with our aftermarket SSD + HDD setups. NOTE: I do not know this person, and I have not tried this myself. I am just posting this link here in case others are curious.
WARNING THOUGH: do not cover the breather holes for regular spinning (rotational) HDD's - after only about 3 months of use, I crashed a Hitachi HDD because I covered one of the breather holes. No good. I had all my data backed up so no worries!
Be sure to put a small amount of gaffers tape or duct tape or any kind of safe spacing device NEXT to the breather hole so the HDD doesn't lie flat on the metal of the caddy tray.
There's really not much to say other than this caddy fit perfectly in place of an optical drive in an early 2009 17" Macbook Pro. No cutting, trimming, or other mods. It just worked. I spent quite a bit of time searching for a caddy to hold my Momentus XT when I replaced it as a boot drive with a Force GT. From a fitment and price standpoint, I don't think you can beat the deal on this caddy.
iFixit has an optical drive replacement guide. You only need to follow about half the steps in that guide:
1) Remove the bottom of the laptop
2) Unscrew three mounting screws on optical bay. I highly recommend using a magnetic screwdriver for this step. You DO NOT want to drop those little screws down the front side of the optical drive.
3) Unscrew the black harness on the optical drive surface (2 small screws).
4) Remove the silver foam block.
5) Remove the drive by lifting the edge closest to the front of the laptop up and slide the drive toward the front of the machine. Be careful to gently raise the black wire harness out of the way.
6) Remove the back end mounting point from the optical drive and mount it on the caddy.
7) Reverse the process to re-assemble.
The whole job took me about 10 minutes.
Was quite pleased when everything fit snugly into my early 2011 MBP. Installation took a bit (requiring careful review of the ifixit teardown instructions) but was worth it in the end. Now I have a nice 750GB drive to supplement my tiny SSD boot drive.
Been using the caddy for a few weeks now, and everything is just awesome.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far, so good. Seems to fit perfectly, no issues with the space in my late 2011 17", or the sandisk drive, or the drive mounting screws. Read morePublished 2 days ago by art hackett
Fit my Early 2011 macbook pro just fine. But unfortunately the SATA connection was defective. The hard drive works in an external enclosure, so that is not the problem, and the old... Read morePublished 4 days ago by luke howard
Terrible product quality, it's not put together correctly and you can't return it. I tried to put a Samsung 850 into it and I had to apply a lot of force to put it most of the way... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Sam
Good product, very convenient and practical . Totally what I expected.Published 8 days ago by Gonzalo
Application: late 2011 MacBook Pro 17 inch
Nice little piece of hardware. The build quality is okay. Read more