What optical drive bay do I need for a sata hardrive
I have a 2008 Imac and I would like to install a second hard drive. but the guide says to use a Sata to hardirve optical bay thing...The imac I have uses an IDE conection to the disk drive...
Would this work for what Im after ?
Contact the maker of the kit and ask them if the unit will work with your specific iMac. If not do they have a kit that will work? It may be as simple as using a different hard drive with IDE connections but they should know and stand behind their product. Good luck.
You said, "The imac I have uses an IDE conection to the disk drive..."
I think you made a mistake there. Your iMac does not have an IDE connection to its "disk drive", it has a SATA connection to its disk drive (HDD), but that is not relavent to the question that you are asking, I think.
It seems that you want to remove your "optical drive" (ie, DVD drive, not your disk drive), put a caddy in there and install a 2.5" SATA drive, correct? The interface for that optical DVD drive in your iMac is IDE/ PATA, so you need a hard drive bay to connect a SATA drive to that PATA connector.
Yes, you can, relatively cheaply. I just bought one from Amazon for about $10. It is an HDE, part # N105.
At Amazon, search for "12.7mm SATA HDD Caddy to PATA". I hesitate to put a hyperlink to the product, it might change.