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Old Mar 3rd, 2010, 11:49 PM   #1
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Dual Drive MacBook - SSD & HDD

I just replaced the hard drive (5400 rpm, 500GB) in a 13" MacBook with a solid state drive, and have ordered a kit to convert the space used for the optical drive into a spare drive, making it a dual drive set-up.

The main drive is a solid state drive for OS X, VMWare (Windows 7, Linux), and all applications. It is smoking fast, and boots up in seconds.

The second drive will be used for as data storage and a time machine backup. The conversion kit comes with an external case so I can still use the optical drive externally.

Here is what I purchased:

Intel X25-M 160GB SSD $500

Intel® Mainstream SATA Solid-State Drives - Overview

MCE OptiBay Hard Drive $100

MCE OptiBay Hard Drive for MacBook Pro, MacBook, PowerBook G4, and Mac mini

Is there anyone else out there with a setup like this? Any experiences with extra battery drain with the two drives, or heat build-up? I expect this will not be an issue.

I am extremely impressed with the increased performance as a result of this upgrade.
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Old Mar 4th, 2010, 09:34 AM   #2
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What a great idea! That optical drive bay is very cool, even comes with an external case for your superdrive.
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Old Mar 4th, 2010, 10:21 AM   #3
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I have no personal experience of doing it but have read about others who have and saw no particular mention of heat build-up. The SSDs run cool and draw little power relative to an HDD and as the HDD is for backup and data storage it won't be running all the time (especially if you choose the sleep drive when possible option in the Energy Saver section of System Preferences) so I would think it should be fine.

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Old Mar 4th, 2010, 10:56 AM   #4
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That's SWEET!!!! I had no idea I can do this. 1.5TB here I come. I hardly ever use the optical drive anyway... especially while on the go!

Thanks for the heads up!
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Old Mar 4th, 2010, 06:06 PM   #5
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I keep thinking that this is what I should do in the future to my current MBP.
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Old Mar 4th, 2010, 06:14 PM   #6
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Is there anyone else out there with a setup like this? Any experiences with extra battery drain with the two drives, or heat build-up? I expect this will not be an issue.
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Old Mar 4th, 2010, 06:37 PM   #7
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I've heard you should keep your HDD in the HDD bay, and put your SSD in the optibay.
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Old Mar 4th, 2010, 06:48 PM   #8
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I've heard you should keep your HDD in the HDD bay, and put your SSD in the optibay.
I haven't heard that but it makes sense to me although it may be a misbegotten notion.

The reason why it "seems" to make sense to me is that the optibay may be configured with less power due to that an optical drive requires less power on a continual basis than an HDD.

SSDs require less power than HDDs but an SSD in the optibay would most likely be the boot drive so would most likely be drawing more power on a continual basis than the HDD so I am not so sure...

So if it is true that putting the SSD drive in the optibay is recommend and if it is because of power concerns, I think that if you put the HDD in the optiaby and then choose, "Put the hard disks to sleep when possible" in the System Preferences and used the HDD in the optibay only for back up and data it may mean that the power draw on the optibay drive would not require the kind of power that it would if you didn't make this selection and therefore may make it reasonable to put the HDD in the optibay. But I am not sure... maybe someone with more expertise could chime in on the matter...

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its because the regular hdd slot has the sudden motion sensor which hdds should have and the optical bay doesn't have the sudden motion sensor which for an ssd doesn't matter anyway
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its because the regular hdd slot has the sudden motion sensor which hdds should have and the optical bay doesn't have the sudden motion sensor which for an ssd doesn't matter anyway
Thanks Newdeal! That makes sense, great to have so many knowledgeable people around here. This is one of the reasons why I come to ehMac every day.
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