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12.7 mm SATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

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Product code: IF107-081-1

Product Overview

You can now have two hard drives in your mini! 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 12.5 mm in height.

Note: This enclosure does not work with ATA drives or drives taller than 12.5mm

Compatibility

  • All Model A1283 Mac minis
  • Mid 2010 Model A1347 Mac minis
  • iMac Intel 20" EMC 2266
  • iMac Intel 24" EMC 2267
  • iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2308 and 2389
  • iMac Intel 27" EMC 2309 and 2374

Product Details

  $39.95

 
 

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New

Warranty:

6 month warranty

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Replacement Guides

iMac Intel 20" EMC 2266

Difficulty: Moderate

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2308

Difficulty: Moderate

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2389

Difficulty: Moderate

iMac Intel 24" EMC 2267

Difficulty: Moderate

iMac Intel 27" EMC 2309 and 2374

Difficulty: Moderate

Mac Mini Mid 2010

Difficulty: Difficult

Mac Mini Mid 2010

Difficulty: Moderate

Mac mini Model A1283

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

iMac Intel 20" EMC 2266
2.66 GHz (EMC No. 2266)
iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2308
3.06 GHz (Core 2 Duo)
3.33 GHz (Core 2 Duo)
iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2389
3.06 GHz (Core i3)
3.2 GHz (Core i3)
3.6 GHz (Core i5)
iMac Intel 24" EMC 2267
2.66 GHz
2.93 GHz
3.06 GHz (EMC No. 2267)
iMac Intel 27"
2.66 GHz (Quad Core i5)
2.8 GHz (Quad Core i7)
3.06 GHz (Core 2 Duo)
3.33 GHz (Core 2 Duo)
Mac mini Model A1283
2 GHz (Core 2 Duo, A1283)
2.26 GHz (A1283)
2.53 GHz (A1283)
2.66 GHz (A1283)
Mac mini Model A1347
2.4 GHz (Core 2 Duo, Mid 2010)
2.66 GHz (Core 2 Duo, Mid 2010)
 

Stories

My Problem

I wanted to squeeze a few more years out of this computer as it fit my needs very well, and the 24" screen size is just right for my office. The only problem was that my iMac seemed sluggish compared to my 2010 MacBook Pro which I had upgraded with a SanDisk Extreme SSD 2 years before. That upgrade was game-changing and made my laptop feel like a new computer! I worried that the upgrade to my iMac might be more of a challenge than I had bargained for, but I gathered my courage and decided to take the plunge by replacing the rarely used optical drive with a 480GB SanDisk SSD Extreme II, which was on sale at Amazon for $259.

My Fix

Everything went very well except for two issues.

The biggest of the two problems I encountered was that the original optical drive enclosure mounting holes did not align properly with the 12.7 mm SATA optical bay drive enclosure I purchased from iFixIt. What should have been easy-peasy took me almost a half hour to get only 3 of the 4 screws into the enclosure. I satisfied myself that it was "good enough", but I was very disappointed that the drive enclosure was that far off. The otherwise excellent guide stops at removing the drive enclosure and removing the optical drive. There is no advice regarding any modification that may or may not be necessary to reinstall it or what to do if the screw holes don't align with the one provided by iFixIt.

For the record, I checked that the iFixIt enclosure was installed correctly and mounted correctly in the original optical drive bay. The screw holes were just off and as described above, making the mounting screws almost impossible to reinstall.

The other issue was reinstalling the power supply cable. Disconnecting it the way the guide suggested was straightforward, but reinstalling it was a challenge for my adult-sized fingers. I decided to loosen the power supply by removing the 4 screws that hold it in place. That gave me the ability to lift the power supply and get far better access to the connector.

My Advice

Use an icecube tray to keep the screws, pieces of tape, thermal sensors et al in place while you work. It makes reinstallation a snap!

If you can't get to the power supply connector during reassembly, loosen or remove the four screws that hold the power supply in place, lift it just enough to snap the connector back in place, then reinstall the 4 screws that hold it in place.

Buy a can of compressed air and carefully blow out all of the accumulated dust from the motherboard, fans, etc. Your computer will run cooler and you'll add years to it's life by making sure it's as dust free as possible. Accumulated dust makes components run hotter and fail sooner. Taking this rare opportunity to clean it with compressed air is something to take advantage of during the upgrade.

Be sure to thoroughly clean the display screen and the cover glass with something like ScreenKleen during reassembly. You don't want a fingerprint, smudge or piece of dust to be on it or you'll see it every time you turn on the computer!

My Problem

My hard drive failed, and my optical drive was spotty at best, so I upgraded the hard drive and swapped out the optical for an SSD to use as a boot drive.

My Fix

The repair went fairly well. It only took me an hour or two, the only problem I had was a slight misalignment between the screw holes on the drive enclosure and the threaded screw holes inside my iMac. After several attempts to more fully insert the enclosure to align the holes, I had to settle for strong-arming the screws in at a slight angle. It seemed steady enough, and I've had no issues in the month since. Despite that one problem, I was very happy with the outcome overall and found the guide to be exceptionally well written and illustrated.

My Advice

Since you rarely get into an iMac like this, it's a great opportunity to dust out the system, so having some canned air is a good idea before you begin.

My Problem

500GB HDD from got really slow

My Fix

Almost damaged display cable connector when opening/closing imac 21,5".

It wasn't clear for me how to bracket on the connector worked.

so i damaged the connector somewhat (some coper felt off).

My Advice

Extra attention in the documentation

My Problem

I wanted to convert my Mid 2010 Mac Mini into a server

My Fix

The optical kit from iFixit worked without a hitch. Instructions were easy. But... Be very gentle!

Two connector broke loose from the logic board as I attempted to remove the connectors. I handled them very gently: thermal sensor for the optical drive and the RF remote. I struggled to resolver them for many hours, in the end destroying the RF connector pads on the board. I tried restarting the computer and got some continuous beeping. I figured I had completely destroyed my logic board.

I googled the beeps and decided it must be the RAM installation. Turned out one of the RAM card was messed up. I replaced them both with two old ones from a MacBook Pro and everything booted up perfectly!

In the end the RF connector is hanging loose in the computer because I don't need the remote or the LED.

I now have a 120Gb SSD for the boot disk and a 960Gb SSD for the 2nd drive.

The optical kit from iFixit worked without a hitch.

My Advice

Be very gentle and if possible look at the connectors under a magnifying glass, or better still a microscope, while you are pulling them out. It is much easer to understand where and how to pull if you can see what you are dealing with.

eludolf's Story Photo #304257

My Problem

I want to update my Mac

My Fix

The repair / installation was very easy!

My Advice

My recommendation for any iMac 27 "late 2009 Owner, buy, install and set up Fusion Drive! My configuration are the installed 1 TB disk and a 500GB SSD as the optical drive. Both are working with 3GBit Sata. The Mac is running.... Great

My Problem

Needed better speed.

My Fix

Very easy with the wonderful guide you guys have.

My Advice

The Optical Bay enclosure screw holes did not line up with the SSD screw holes. Otherwise was very nice. I did not do the fusion drive set up I just put Mavericks on the SSD by restarting command r and booting off the net. Installed Maverick on the SSD and then moved everything over (lucky it was small enough to do that) selected my user in the preferences panel, right click, advanced and asked the Mac to look to the folder on the old HD for all the heavy stuff, so the apps and the system are the only things on my SSD. Trashed all the duplicated stuff. seemed to run much faster.

My Problem

Wanted to backup family photos and other important stuff, and figured the mac mini could be equipped with a raid.

My Fix

Overall, It went perfect! At first, though, I had kernel panics when restarting - turns out it was a faulty usb memorystick, so I unplugged it. I had no bootable media at home, but it turns out the mac (with just two completely empty drives) gave me the option to download OSX automatically. It must have been built in into the mac equivalent of bios - very impressive! The raid configuration tool was very easy to use as well.

My Advice

If you plan to substitute both hard drives on your mac - you don't need install dvds or usb-sticks, the mac will download osx from the internet first time you boot up!

My Problem

My mechanical hard drive was working very, very, very slowly.

Everytime I was opening a new file, the waiting cursor appeared, when I wanted to read a file, it was very slow, etc..

The mac was not "usable".

My Fix

Perfectly, in 30min, it was finished !

My Advice

Take your time, go step by step, and be careful.

My Problem

The iMac internal HDD was failing. Late 2009 iMac i5 quad-core.

My Fix

Internal HDD was failing badly. In fact, I waited too long, and was about, oh, literally 1 day too late in fixing it. I had received my orders from ifixit and amazon two days prior, but was waiting until the weekend to repair, but at that point the HDD was locking up so much I couldn't manage a migration or anything to the new HDD, so I spent about a day and a half learning about every possible way that should, but did not work, and finally managed to work out a solution. The iMac is running like a champ again, and I am more technically competent. Bless the repair partition in Lion OSX: it worked with the faulty HDD for the 1.5 hours I needed it to, so the folks at Apple must have been smart enough to have the repair process use the HDD at a very stable mechanical level.

My Advice

If your HDD begins to fail, replace it ASAP. It will probably last for a while after it starts clicking: mine lasted 2 months. It may last two weeks after Drive Genius tells you there is an irreparable mechanical issue with the HDD, and it may last a one week after Disk Utility tells you the same thing. If you gamble with the time you have left, and loose (like I did) you're likely setting yourself up for a more difficult recovery process. There's no point to waiting: if the HDD is failing, it's failing: i.e., it's inevitably going to require replacement. Don't bother waiting, you'll spend the same money replacing it sooner or later.

Also, please understand the difference in utility between migration assistance and time machine restore: I could have saved myself an additional 6 hours of restore time.

Last: be a do-it-yourselfer and have faith that you can succeed. Lord knows how much it would have cost to fix this via the Apple store (way out of warranty), but I'll guess about $500 for another 1TB HDD. I spent about: $120 on a 3TB replacement, $50 for the ifixit supplies (most of that was for the optical bay/HDD switch), and about $90 for a 2.5 inch 1TB HDD for the optical bay. I spent about $300 for an UPGRADE, that cost considerably less than a simple repair. I also had a good time and learned a lot, expletives notwithstanding.

Oh, and because I waited too long I did have to buy a wired keyboard from the Apple store, and that cost me $50 I didn't need to spend (going to get a mini soon, so no loss, really).

Good luck!

My Problem

imac was loading slow thought about bying a new one, Decided to install an ssd instead

My Fix

installed an ssd

the install was very easy and the guide was simple to follow

My Advice

the imac is faster than ever, boots faster than a new one would have

if you think about buying a new one definetly get an ssd