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12.7 mm PATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

$39.95 Was $59.95
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Product code: IF107-079-1

Product Overview

You can now have two hard drives in your laptop! By replacing your optical drive, you can install up to a 1 TB hard drive in this enclosure to increase your available storage space. This drive also is available via Target Disk Mode when connected to another Mac using Firewire.

Optical Bay is 12.7 mm tall. Accepts 2.5 inch SATA hard drives up to 9.5 mm in height.

Note: This enclosure does not work with ATA drives or drives taller than 9.5mm.

Compatibility

  • All 17" MacBook Pros (excluding Unibody)
  • 1.5, 1.66, 1.83, or 2 GHz (model A1176) Intel Mac Minis
  • iMac Intel 20" EMC 2133, 2210, 2105 and 2118
  • iMac Intel 24" EMC 2111, 2134 and 2211

Product Details

  $39.95

 
 

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New

Warranty:

6 month warranty

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Replacement Guides

iMac Intel 20" EMC 2105 and 2118

Difficulty: Moderate

iMac Intel 20" EMC 2133 and 2210

Difficulty: Moderate

iMac Intel 24" EMC 2111

Difficulty: Moderate

iMac Intel 24" EMC 2134 and 2211

Difficulty: Moderate

Mac Mini Model A1176

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

iMac Intel 20" EMC 2105 and 2118
2 GHz (EMC No. 2105)
2.16 GHz
2.33 GHz
iMac Intel 20" EMC 2133 and 2210
2 GHz (EMC No. 2133)
2.4 GHz (EMC No. 2133)
2.4 GHz (EMC No. 2210)
2.66 GHz (EMC No. 2210)
iMac Intel 24" EMC 2111
2.16 GHz
2.33 GHz
iMac Intel 24" EMC 2134 and 2211
2.8 GHz (EMC No. 2134)
2.8 GHz (EMC No. 2211)
3.06 GHz (EMC No. 2211)
Mac mini Model A1176
1.5 GHz (Core Solo, A1176)
1.66 GHz (Core Duo, Early 2006)
1.66 GHz (Core Duo, Late 2006)
1.83 GHz (Core 2 Duo, Mid 2007)
1.83 GHz (Core Duo, Late 2006)
2 GHz (Core 2 Duo, A1176)
MacBook Pro 17" Models A1151 A1212 A1229 and A1261
2.16 GHz (Core Duo)
2.33 GHz (Core 2 Duo)
2.4 GHz (Santa Rosa)
2.5 GHz (Penryn)
2.6 GHz (Penryn)
2.6 GHz (Santa Rosa)
 

Stories

My Problem

I only had a 320gb hd. and didnt have enough room for a windows partition thru bootcamp. i installed a 1tb 3.5 as the primary drive with windows 7 pro x64 bit (also unsupported for 2111 imac) and i installed a 480gb ssd with optical bay caddy. i had to load osx on the 480gb ssd before i reoved the internal disc drive. needed the internal disc drive to load win 7 on the 1 tb hd. after windows was loaded then i removed the disc drive and installed the pre loaded 480 gb ssd in the optical bay caddy. power on press option key and 2 separate hard drives show up with separate os!!!!!

My Fix

success. the key was using the primary drive slot inside the mac to load the operating systems.

My Advice

if you load osx on a hard drive before you install in the optical bay you can use the primary drive for another os.

My Problem

My granddaughter's 2006 Mac Mini would not support her iPad Mini in iTunes and she ran out of space on the original 80GB drive. Also, the computer had become slow. Answer: An iFixIt optical bay drive enclosure. I put an SSD where the original drive was and a 500GB drive into the enclosure - brilliant, worked like a charm! I was concerned about PATA speeds but it's not really a problem.

My Fix

It went extremely well. The iFixIt tutorials are amazing. It's the first place I look for tutorials. So clear, so well done with very high quality images. I had no problem changing the processor, the memory, the hard drive or installing the enclosure. All thanks to iFixIt. Afterwards the machine Mac Mini booted up in 15 seconds and apps come up immediately. With plenty of storage and a Lion OS, my granddaughter will be really pleased. It took minutes to boot up before.

My Advice

Be patient when inserting the enclosure. There is a small circuit board at one end that presents a challenge because of the tight fit. If you feel like you are forcing things, stop and try again. The plastic filler is too loose so I ended up throwing it away. You don't really need it anyway after you insert the two screws into the HD from below. The filler just keeps falling out. Also, the PATA connection is a bit finniky to get tight but once in, it's there to stay. A great enhancement for any Mini.

My Problem

Wanted dual hard drive for our aging iMac 24", so glad that iFixit has the PATA drive enclosure.

My Fix

Overall, took 2 hrs to finish, open to close. I took my time and was tired at the end of the work week (a Fri night) -- wanted to be able to work on the clean install of Mavericks over the w/e. Had a vacuum handy to pull out dust in the nooks and crannies as I went. I took the advice of other posters here, and did not detach the lcd power cable (pic attached). I simply rotated the display out of the way -- definitely the way to go!

I used the iFixit guide app on my iPad as I went - everything went as advertised -- thanks guys!!

So, have clean install of OSX on 120GB SSD in main bay (OWC transplant from my MBP); plus 750GB HDD (Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB 7200RPM - another MBP transplant) in the drive enclosure. Keeping our rather large iTunes and iPhoto libraries on the HDD. System works nice and fast now, sweet. Will be using this iMac as backup system to MBP and will be used as media server via Apple TV.

My Advice

If you're on the fence about doing this, my advice is to go ahead and just do it. I no longer feel the urge to buy new iMac. Loving the fact that this circa 2008 Mac is purring along into 2014 with the latest software, and essentially lag-free.

My Problem

My iMac early 2008 got too slow for what i was doing with it today. 3D, movie and sound editing. I needed to buy the PATA enclosure in the US (I am frome Europe). Ordering/Pricing/Tax/VAT/Delivery was amazingly painless and fast. Thank you for that ! :)

My Fix

The replacement of the optical drive with the ssd was a breeze with the help of the iFixit repair guide. Not more complicated than opening/repairing a windows/linux desktop machine. However, the little screw holes to attach the enclosure to the original black plastic bracket were about 1 to 2 mm's off. I solved that by taping the enclosure nicely to it with duct tape (a mac is stuffed with tape anyway :)

My Advice

When removing/re-applying some of the little screws, let somebody help you with lifting the mac to one side so the screws fall in a good direction when you let them fall accidentally. You don't want to remove the screen several times because you have to find a little screw again somewhere :)

My Problem

Was not a problem but an upgrade: I wanted to add a SSD and make a fusion drive with a classical 2Tb HD on my 'old' 24" iMac7,1. I had to remove the optical bay and place my SSD there. This 7,1 iMac model was, I think, the last to have a PATA interface so I ordered the drive enclosure from iFixit for such an interface.

My Fix

The replacement was easy: I removed the optical bay (which I placed within an external USB drive enclosure) and I installed my 256Gb Samsung 840 SSD within the PATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure. I then made a Fusion drive. Now my iMac looks pretty new and fast!! (I upgraded also the RAM to the max, 6Gb in this machine).

My Advice

Do it in a calm room, without children around, and follow the excellent guides from iFixit

My Problem

I was trying to give my 2008 iMac a few more years by adding an SSD and giving it a home-brew Fusion Drive.

My Fix

My first attempt failed due to my personal stupidity. My reaction to the $59.95 price for the optical=>SATA enclosure was "That has GOT to be cheaper elsewhere." So I found and ordered one for $12 on Amazon, along with an SSD and a USB enclosure for the optical drive.

After 45 minutes of disassembly, I discovered that my iMac had a PATA optical drive, and thus neither enclosure would fit. I put it all back together and ordered the real thing from iFixit.

After the second round of disassembly, I discovered that the screw holes in the plastic bracket didn't quite line up with the ones in the optical drive=>SSD enclosure. To make it fit, I had to take the rubber grommets out of the bracket and replace them with felt "washers" so the screws could go to one side of the large grometted holes. Sorry, no picture - could not coerce camera into macro closeup mode.

After that, the only speed bump was creating the Fusion Drive. All the various recipes and incantations I saw on the net implied that you could boot off a drive's recovery partition and use the command line to merge that drive with the SSD.

NOPE. I had to dredge up another external drive, install Mountain Lion on that, and boot off it to get a system that would let me merge the drives and restore from Time Machine.

The last step was somewhat frustrating. The machine felt slower than usual for the first day or so (!). This is because it had to re-Spotlight-index completely - I was getting really depressed until I figured that out.

Once that drag on the system went away, it definitely became snappier. I definitely recommend home brew Fusion Drives.

My Advice

1. Use iFixit's system identifier. Yes, lifting up your iMac is a pain, but so is sending parts back and disassembling yout iMac twice.

2. Sometimes not even iFixit's parts fit perfectly the first time. Be prepared to cut-to-fit at times.

My Problem

Need for speed

My Fix

Straightforward

My Advice

Be careful with magnetized screws. Memory installation very simple, though it appears that speed may be slightly higher with the 4Gb chip in the lower bay. Instructions for installing hard drive enclosure excellent. Replacing 1Tb primary drive into optical bay enclosure, put an SSD into old primary space. DVD drive into external enclosure. System and application installation ongoing now.