Unibody Laptop Dual Drive

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Product code: IF107-080

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Unibody Laptop Dual Drive

$49.95 Was $79.95
You save $30.00!

Product code: IF107-080

Product Overview

Replace a laptop optical drive with a 9.5 mm SATA drive

  • CDs are fast becoming obsolete, yet data space never goes out of style.
  • Adds a lot more space to your laptop.
  • Add an SSD for your OS and most commonly used Apps to drastically increase your speed, while still keeping your old HDD for capacity.
  • Kit includes a USB to SATA adapter cable that will let you keep using your optical drive after it's been removed.
  • Does not include hard drive.
  • Hard drive limit of 750GB

Kit Contents:

  • SATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure
  • Plastic Spudger
  • SATA USB Cable - continue using your optical drive after it's removed
  • iFixit Tool Pouch
  • 4 mm Precision Screwdriver Handle - includes the following bits:
    • Phillips #00
    • Torx T6
    • Torx T8
    • Pentalobe P6
    • Tri-wing Y1
    • Magnetic Pickup Bit

Compatibility

  • All Unibody MacBooks and Unibody MacBook Pros (excluding MacBook Pro Retina)

Product Details

$49.95 Upgrade Kit

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

Everything you need to add a 9.5mm SATA hard drive to your laptop, while still being able to use your optical drive externally.

$39.95 Enclosure Only

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

This enclosure does not work with ATA drives or hard drives thicker than 9.5 mm.

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Install Videos

 

Replacement Guides

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2010

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 17" Unibody

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Unibody Model A1278

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Unibody Model A1342

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011
2.3 GHz (Early 2011)
2.7 GHz (Early 2011)
MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011
2.4 GHz (Late 2011)
2.8 GHz (Late 2011)
MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009
2.26 GHz (Mid 2009)
2.53 GHz (Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010
2.4 GHz (Mid 2010)
2.66 GHz (Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012
2.5 GHz (Mid 2012)
2.9 GHz (Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody 2.53 GHz Mid 2009
2.53 GHz (Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011
2 GHz (Early 2011)
2.2 GHz (Early 2011)
2.3 GHz (Early 2011)
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009
2.4 GHz (Late 2008)
2.53 GHz (Late 2008)
2.66 GHz (Early 2009)
2.8 GHz (Late 2008)
2.93 GHz (Early 2009)
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011
2.2 GHz (Late 2011)
2.4 GHz (Late 2011)
2.5 GHz (Late 2011)
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009
2.66 GHz (Mid 2009)
2.8 GHz (Mid 2009)
3.06 GHz (Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2010
2.4 GHz (Mid 2010)
2.53 GHz (Mid 2010)
2.66 GHz (Mid 2010)
2.8 GHz (Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012
2.3 GHz (Mid 2012)
2.6 GHz (Mid 2012)
2.7 GHz (Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro 17" Unibody
2.53 GHz (Mid 2010)
2.66 GHz (Early 2009)
2.66 GHz (Mid 2010)
2.8 GHz (Mid 2009)
2.8 GHz (Mid 2010)
2.93 GHz (Early 2009)
3.06 GHz (Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Early 2011
2.2 GHz (Early 2011)
2.3 GHz (Early 2011)
MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Late 2011
2.4 GHz (Late 2011)
2.5 GHz (Late 2011)
MacBook Unibody Model A1278
2 GHz (A1278)
2.4 GHz (A1278)
MacBook Unibody Model A1342
2.26 GHz (A1342)
2.4 GHz (A1342)
 

Stories

My Problem

I don't use the DVD drive on my early 2011 MacBook Pro, and as a photographer I need as much space as possible. At the same time, I wanted to speed up my programs, including Photoshop. So I replaced my base hard drive with a Samsung 500GB Sumsung 850 EVO SSD and changed out the DVD drive with a 2TB Samsung Spinpoint -- currently the largest 2.5" drive you can fit in a MacBook Pro.

My Fix

I ordered the HD conversion kit, because it included not only the drive enclosure, but also the USB adapter cable so I could still use my DVD drive if needed, plus it came with the tool kit -- which I was extremely impressed with.

My Advice

Between me changing out the main hard drive with the SSD and replacing the DVD with the 2TB drive, it took me 1/2 hr. It went super smoothly. Now I won't need to do anything for a while. I am extremely satisfied -- especially with the driver kit. The instructions couldn't have been more precise. Thanks again!

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My Problem

The AppleCare on my mid-2012 15" MacBook Pro just expired, so I decided that was a good time to crack it open and see if I could extend its life by replacing the HDD with an SSD (500GB Samsung EVO 850). The Dual Drive kit would give me the bonus of using the original HDD for extra storage.

My Fix

The repair was a breeze - up until the dreaded Step 8: removing the Bluetooth housing. I read all the comments about how everyone stripped those screws, so I was extra careful. The first screw came out with no problem. The 2nd screw - the 3.5mm one - not so much. I had to use a 1/16" drill bit to pop the head off the screw. After that, it was smooth sailing... except the original HDD won't mount on the desktop in my optical drive bay. Lots of poking around on the internet suggests that it might be because it's a SATA III drive, and those aren't happy in the optical bay of these particular machines - I'm still not really sure why it won't work.

My Advice

The good news is, the speed boost that is gained from booting from an SSD cannot be understated. I had always heard how much faster SSD drives were, but I didn't expect the difference to be so dramatic. Highly recommend the SSD swap, but maybe simply getting an external enclosure for the HDD would be the way to go. Or, use a second SSD in the optical bay. Also, I had no idea about Trim and SSD drive performance. If you're considering making this upgrade, read about that. Luckily, OS X El Capitan will change Apple's Trim support for 3rd party drives, from what I understand.

My Problem

Needed extra room...kicked the DVD Rom drive to the curb and replaced it with a 750 HDD

My Fix

The repair was extremely straightforward and the iFixit guide was awesome. I almost stripped the tiny screw that held the Bluetooth/wifi board in place. During this part I moved slowly and applied a generous amount of pressure to unseat the screw.

My Advice

Be careful on step eight, the removal of the 3.9mm philips screw, it is so easy to strip it. Take it slow, apply pressure, with a generous amount of downward force and the screw will SLOWLY come out.

My Problem

Las computadoras de disco mecánico ya tardaban mucho en encender y a cada rato salía la pelota playera dando vueltas, signo de que el sistema está pensando o atorado.

My Fix

La reparación fue sencillísima, las cosas que compré en iFixit me llegaron rapidísimo! Y las guías me sirvieron perfectamente.

My Advice

Mi consejo es que hay veces que se pueden utilizar los dedos en lugar de herramientas o pinzas, para zafar los conectores, tendrás más control y menos riesgo de romperlos.

My Problem

The computer was simply getting too slow; I run Yosemite 10.10.3 and did lots of video editing protects running Final Cut Pro X 10.4 and it was putting a toll on my computer. Somehow some applications kept crashing and the videos would take a while to edit. Also I was told by the Apple tech that my hard drive was about to fail.

My Fix

I replaced the RAM memory to 8G; flawless. The SSD installation was a bit complicated since I used the dual drive and took the CD/DVD writer out and replaced it with the Kit. It was not too complicated if you have the patience and you like to do this kinda stuff. It took me about 2 hours to complete the process. I watched the tutorials a couple times before opening up my MacBook Pro. And it was easy enough.

My Advice

My advice is, MAKE SURE YOU format the new hard drive and use Time Machine back up BEFORE you open the computer and start replacing ANY PARTS. Somehow (this is the second time that happens to me unfortunately) when handling the hard drives; the old ones tend to corrupt and won't boot afterwards. Buy the SSD with the kit if you don't have one, plug it; format it to Mac OS Journaled and back up all you data. Save yourself a trip to the Apple Store.

My Problem

Wanted mooooar space and faster.

My Fix

Repair was fine, got the kit with tools. Everything took about a few mins to exchange out.

My Advice

Carbon copy didn't work out for me as some on Google search suggested. What did work? Just format the drive the same as our original, and then name it. Then reboot into disk utility mode which is like cmd r or something (Google it heh). Then do a restore from original disk to new disk. I had 430gb to copy so it was an overnight process. However when it does that it also takes the same name. Shut it off then take out original HD and boot into new one. Name that HDssd or whatever, then shut down and add original drive back in. Now when you boot up it may want to boot from original, which is fine. Go to disk utility and then boot up options whatever it's called and select the HDssd or whatever you called it and then when you restart you'll boot into it. Then you can format your other drive for more space.

I put 500gb ssd for primary and my original 500gb hd in optical bay. Then I have a bash script that copies my working directory (for git etc) to both drives. Just in case :) - nick

My Problem

My HDD cable stopped functioning a little while ago, and I used iFixit to diagnose, purchase a replacement and replace the cable. Since I've been meaning to replace my HDD with a SSD to breathe new life into my slow MacbookPro Early 2011, I ordered an SSD (for the boot drive) but decided to keep the HDD (used Disk Utility to verify the health of the HDD) as a second drive. Additionally, I don't remember the last time I used the optical drive on my laptop, so when I found I could swap it out, I decided to try some DIY.

My Fix

Bought the upgrade kit from iFixit, since I also wanted a minimal good set of precision screwdrivers. Opened up the laptop and followed the step-by-step instructions on the iFixit guide. It took me about an hour since I also cleaned the interior as I worked. It went well, and I now have a responsive and roomy laptop.

My Advice

Use a system for screw management since there are quite a few; all of which are slightly different. Take your time with the more involved steps making sure all cables are disconnected and out of the way before you remove the components from the body. If, like me you are trying to catch an old laptop up with the times, I also recommend upgrading your RAM (which I did).

My Problem

I had this SSD for a little while, but I knew that i didn't want to get rid of my old hard drive. And after discovering this procedure, I knew I had a new mission. 756GB sounds better than 500GB, anyway; and I knew about SSD speed sweetness.

Plus, I kinda knew that i wouldn't miss having the optical drive readily accessible in exchange for the additional space. I've also never liked the sound that the optical drive does when turning on the computer... (minor thing, i know)

My Fix

Repair went well, but I did hit a roadblock that I was able to avoid with another non-ifixit tool that I already had with me. In step 11, where it says to remove the three screws that holed the opti drive, the ifixit philips screwdriver from the Pro Tech kit wouldn't fit through to reach the screw closest to the HDD. So, I had to use another similar screwdriver with a thinner/longer stem to reach it. Other than that, the procedure went swimmingly.

My Advice

This is a good exercise in following instructions, and whenever there are comments from other fixers, doesn't hurt to review them as they may have some info that it's easily avoidable. For example, I almost overlooked the step about the screws to secure the HDD to the optibay cradle; that wouldn't have been good.

Not all screws are tightened the same, so pay attention to that. And have a compressed air can handy because it's certain that you'll find some dust nastiness... Goes without saying that you should be very careful while dusting inside your computer... perhaps look up some safety tips!

My Problem

I wanted more space in my MBP, and I wasn't using the optical drive very much anymore.

My Fix

Things went pretty smoothly until I got to one very small screw holding a plastic bracket in place. Apparently, my small screwdriver is made of harder metal than the screw and I stripped the head before I knew what was going on. I ended up grabbing my drill and drilling the head off the screw to remove the plastic bracket. Definitely did some careful cleaning of the aluminum shards! The bracket only has one screw holding it in place now, but everything is pretty tightly packed and I'm not overly concerned.

None of this is ifixit's problem, of course. The upgrade kit they provided was excellent.

My Advice

I don't know if it is possible to get small screwdrivers made of soft-ish metal (aluminum?) to keep this from happening? But it wasn't a big deal at any rate.

My Problem

I wanted faster start-up of the system and faster launch of my programs.

My Fix

Followed the directions and all went well.

My Advice

ALWAYS use the recommended tool for each step. Use plenty of pressure on the screws, so the driver gets a good grip on the fasteners to prevent stripping the head.