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I am new to the technical side of computers, but have decided to upgrade to a 128gb Crucial SSD Drive. I have heard, or seen that it may be possible to have dual drives installed in this particular model. Is this true? I would like to install my Mac (OS Lion), Windows 7 via Boot Camp, and my Apps (both OS'), onto the SSD, and leave the platter drive for all my data. Am I biting off more than I can chew, or is this actually possible. If so, would this drive be an adequate choice?

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To install two hard drives or an SSD and a hard drive you will need to remove the optical drive and use a optical drive adapter like this one: Unibody Laptop Dual Drive

You can then use an external optical drive enclosure to put the old optical drive.

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Unibody Laptop Dual Drive

Add a hard drive to your laptop by replacing the optical drive with a second hard drive. Compatible with all Unibody MacBooks and Unibody MacBook Pros (excluding MacBook Pro Retina). 9.5 mm Internal SATA Optical Bay for SATA Hard Drives. — 50+ available at 39.95 each.

So I technically can't have 2 drives inside my MacBook Pro...??? Thanks for any, and all, of your help.

Chris,

Sorry, I should have visited you link before posting. I was not sure what you meant by optical drive, AWESOME. I never use the CD/DVD drive anyways. If I do need it, I can always plug an external drive. Thank you for your help! Any chance you would know if a novice can perform this task? Or should I take it somewhere?

Chris,

Also make sure to take advantage of the Chipsets 6gbps capability by getting an SSD that's "6G" capable. Really Fast!!!

Majesty,

Yeah, the actual drive I am looking at is a : Corsair Force 3 120 GB SATA 3 SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive CSSD-F120GB3-BK : It is definitely a 6GB/sec. To the best of all of your knowledge, is this a good drive choice?

Chris,

Here's the guide for installing the optical bay adapter. I would put the drive in that. Crucial is a well respected company and that drive should be fine. Just look through the guide, spot the correct tools at the start of the guide and you should have no problems. Remember to format the new drive before installing a system. This way you will be able to boot from either drive, retain a 10.6.8 system so if you have Power PC programs, they will run and install Lion on the new drive. You will be able to run Disk Utilities on the non-booted drive to repair when needed. If you decide to accept this answer please wait until after 2 AM CST as I am maxed out on points for today and it won't count. Thanks and enjoy your new drive.

mayer,

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