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Current version by: Henrique Mazer ,

Title:

Can I swap the optical bay SATA port?

Text:

After a lot of research and a lot of confusion on the topic I decided to install an SSD on my mid-2011 21,5" iMac. At first I thought I would have to accept SATA II speeds from the optical bay. Then I realised that there are 2 SATA III ports, one of which is free (i'm adding an ssd but not removing my hdd). Then I searched on google for photos of these ports and I'm wondering... Can't I just put the Optical bay cable on the SATA III port and suddenly make it a SATA III connector, instead of buying new SATA cables ? I wanna do that because I want to remove the optical drive and install the ssd there (not underneath the optical drive) at the same time I take advantage of the SATA III speeds.
 
So, for short: If I unplug the optical bay from the SATA II and plug it to the SATA III connector, will the optical bay now have a 6gb link speed ? (So I can then replace it for an ssd)
So, for short: If I unplug the optical bay from the SATA II and plug it to the SATA III connector, will the optical bay now have a 6gb link speed ? (So I can then replace it for an ssd)
 
Thank you.

Device:

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2428

Status:

open

Original post by: Henrique Mazer ,

Title:

Can I swap the optical bay SATA port?

Text:

After a lot of research and a lot of confusion on the topic I decided to install an SSD on my mid-2011 21,5" iMac. At first I thought I would have to accept SATA II speeds from the optical bay. Then I realised that there are 2 SATA III ports, one of which is free (i'm adding an ssd but not removing my hdd). Then I searched on google for photos of these ports and I'm wondering... Can't I just put the Optical bay cable on the SATA III port and suddenly make it a SATA III connector, instead of buying new SATA cables ? I wanna do that because I want to remove the optical drive and install the ssd there (not underneath the optical drive) at the same time I take advantage of the SATA III speeds.

So, for short: If I unplug the optical bay from the SATA II and plug it to the SATA III connector, will the optical bay now have a 6gb link speed ?

Thank you.

Device:

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2428

Status:

open