While Captain Kirk may have been talking about exploring outer space in the future during Star Trek’s famous (though grammatically dubious) opening narration, there’s another space we can conquer today: inner space. No, we’re not talking about the 1987 comedy starring Martin Short and Dennis Quaid; we’re talking about that space inside your MacBook or MacBook Pro.
All Apple laptops that have the “unibody” construction (be it aluminum or plastic) feature a SATA optical drive, rather than the PATA drives previous models had. This makes it simple to replace a rarely-used optical drive with a second SATA drive, be it a standard 2.5” hard drive or a solid state drive. All you need is a bracket to hold the drive in place.
That bracket is now here.
Other World Computing is happy to introduce Data Doubler, an optical bay mounting solution for MacBook or MacBook Pro notebook computers that enables users to install a second 2.5” drive (either standard or SSD) in your optical drive bay.
The custom engineered, black anodized aluminum OWC Data Doubler gives MacBook and MacBook Pro users the flexibility to uniquely configure their notebook computer’s internal drive array. Any SATA 2.5″ hard drive or SSD of up to 9.5mm (Super Slim) height can be mounted onto the bracket with the entire assembly, then installed into the notebook’s 5.25″ optical drive bay. All SATA drives are recognized just like the standard hard drive. This opens up installation options including, but not limited to:
- Creating a second volume with its own desktop icon.
- Combining a new drive with the existing internal drive for one larger volume or for RAID performance.
- Configuring a new drive as a backup drive.
- Formatting one drive for the Mac OS and the other dedicated for Windows.
- Installing the OS and applications on a fast SSD and [[relocating the home folder]] to a larger, less-expensive standard drive.
To make things even more convenient, we’ve even got some great bundles available, so you can be sure to have all the materials and tools you need to perform the installation.
Use Your Internal Optical Externally
Of course, there’s still the rare occasion you’ll need to use your optical drive. Installing a new operating system or software usually requires installing from the included CD/DVD, so you’ll need a way of reading the discs.
For just these cases, you may also want to consider putting the optical drive you’ve replaced into a future released SATA version of our existing OWC Value Line Slim external enclosure. That way, it’s there when you need it and out of the way when you don’t.