Can I swap the optical bay SATA port?
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)
Is this a good question?
To be clear this system has SATA III ports. The optical drive is SATA II running thru the SATA III port
It's already connected to the SATA III then ? That means If I replace the Optical Drive for an SSD that supports SATA III, I'll get "6/gbps" ?
As I can see from the System Information, the Optical Drive "link speed" is 3 gigabit and the "negotiated link speed" is 1.5 gigabit. So I assume it's connected to a SATA II, isn't it ?
by Henrique Mazer
Oops! Your right the optical SATA port is SATA II (3 Gb/s) not SATA III (6 Gb/s) and its running SATA I (1.5 Gb/s)