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Replace optical drive with SSD (light and cheap)

Hello,

I'm thinking of another project. how to:

1. reduce needless weight (2.27kg for a 13" is a lot)

2. insert 2nd SSD

So, I'm searching on the internet and I found OWC doubler costing 29$:

- https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DDAM...

The idea of plastic holder seems great but not ideal for 29$. Is there any other plastic-based converter closer to this price?

- https://www.amazon.com/ZXUY-Unibody-Univ...

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First thing here is the optical drive in this system is PATA not SATA! So you need a carrier that converts between the different interfaces which limits you to a much smaller set of units.

Here's the IFIXIT unit: 9.5 mm PATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

The other problem you face is you'll need to find a SATA I (1.5 Gb/s) or a SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) SSD as the converter logic is only rated to SATA II.

The next rub is the throughput will be much less (about 800 Mb/s) which is the limit of the PATA interface

While I commend you of your efforts to make a lighter system there are limits on what you can do here.

9.5 mm PATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure Image

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9.5 mm PATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

$39.99

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