12.7 mm PATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

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Product code: IF107-079-1

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12.7 mm PATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

$39.95 Was $59.95
You save $20.00!

Product code: IF107-079-1

Product Overview

You can now have two hard drives in your laptop! 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 9.5 mm in height.

Note: This enclosure does not work with ATA drives or drives taller than 9.5mm.

Compatibility

  • All 17" MacBook Pros (excluding Unibody)
  • 1.5, 1.66, 1.83, or 2 GHz (model A1176) Intel Mac Minis
  • iMac Intel 20" EMC 2133, 2210, 2105 and 2118
  • iMac Intel 24" EMC 2111, 2134 and 2211

Product Details

  $39.95

 
 

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New

Warranty:

One year warranty

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Replacement Guides

iMac Intel 20" EMC 2105 and 2118

Difficulty: Moderate

iMac Intel 20" EMC 2133 and 2210

Difficulty: Moderate

iMac Intel 24" EMC 2111

Difficulty: Moderate

iMac Intel 24" EMC 2134 and 2211

Difficulty: Moderate

Mac Mini Model A1176

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

iMac Intel 20" EMC 2105 and 2118
2 GHz (EMC No. 2105)
2.16 GHz
2.33 GHz
iMac Intel 20" EMC 2133 and 2210
2 GHz (EMC No. 2133)
2.4 GHz (EMC No. 2133)
2.4 GHz (EMC No. 2210)
2.66 GHz (EMC No. 2210)
iMac Intel 24" EMC 2111
2.16 GHz
2.33 GHz
iMac Intel 24" EMC 2134 and 2211
2.8 GHz (EMC No. 2134)
2.8 GHz (EMC No. 2211)
3.06 GHz (EMC No. 2211)
Mac mini Model A1176
1.5 GHz (Core Solo, A1176)
1.66 GHz (Core Duo, Early 2006)
1.66 GHz (Core Duo, Late 2006)
1.83 GHz (Core 2 Duo, Mid 2007)
1.83 GHz (Core Duo, Late 2006)
2 GHz (Core 2 Duo, A1176)
MacBook Pro 17" Models A1151 A1212 A1229 and A1261
2.16 GHz (Core Duo)
2.33 GHz (Core 2 Duo)
2.4 GHz (Santa Rosa)
2.5 GHz (Penryn)
2.6 GHz (Penryn)
2.6 GHz (Santa Rosa)
 

Stories

My Problem

Received a 24" 2008 iMac (2GB RAM, 2.8 duo-core) hand-me-down that had potential, but was slow and had a smaller internal HDD. I'm unfamiliar with Mac's, but I also had an unused 120GB SSD laying around and figured I would tinker to learn Mac.

My Fix

I decided to kill two birds with one stone and swap the main drive (startup disk), add the dual drive bay and upgrade tthe RAM for a major boost in performance. Note that although the Apple website says this iMac will max out with 4GB of RAM, it will accept 6GB. I found 6GB of DDR2 memory on eBay (one 4GB chip and one 2GB chip) for $89.

Overall, this was a very straightforward project and took me an hour, start to finish. I had the Phillips screwdriver, Torx T-8 and T-10, but had to order the T-6, Spudger, and suction cups wit the drive enclosure from iFixit. I laid out a towel on my kitchen table for a soft work surface and followed the directions on my iPad. Note: you should not install a drive in this enclosure that is bigger than 1TB. I think this has to do with either the OS not reading it or the nature of a PATA connection. Either way, follow the directions and you won't be disappointed. I installed a 1TB 2.5" HDD in place of the optical drive, and a 120GB SSD in place of the original start-up disc. (I found the 1TB hard drive on Amazon for $82 and it was cheaper to buy it in an external enclosure, than a bare drive). DOn't waste money on a 7,200 RPM drive for the internal, it is limited in speed by the PATA connection, but still faster than a typical USB 2.0

Before installing, I clean installed OSX 10.10 and all applications on the SSD. Note: you will need to double-stick tape the 2.5" SSD into the inside of the iMac case or customize a bracket for the SSD to fit in place of the standard 3.5" drive.

Once everything was buttoned up, I started the machine and formatted the 1TB storage drive, then aliased all of my storage folders (pictures, movies, music) to the storage drive. Check out this site for more info on that. http://mattgemmell.com/using-os-x-with-a...

Finally, I transferred my photos, documents, etc to the storage drive and it works.

My Advice

These older iMac's are totally fine for regular PC use like: internet, office work, photo editing, etc.. Increasing the internal storage, updating the RAM and converting to an SSD added a few years to its life and makes it very fast to use. For the price, you won't regret it! One other benefit of this dual drive configuration is it free's up an external port and looks cleaner.

My Problem

There was really no problem. Just decided to buy an old 17" macbook pro and see what could be done with it. I wound up with an early 2008 from ebay - really cheap. It already had an SSD installed in place of the original HDD. I upgraded the RAM to the maximum of 6 GB and bought a 1 Tb HDD. You were the only outfit that sold an adapter for this model.

My Fix

It was a big fat nothing. Followed the instructions - no problems until it came time to close the case. Adapter must be marginally bigger than original drive because corner of case would not close. Inspection indicated that there was a piece of black plastic trim covering the inside of the slot hole that was removable. I removed it and the case closed fine. I followed Apple's instructions and upgraded the operating system to Yosemite.

My Advice

Well, yeh. I did this for fun and to see how difficult it is to upgrade an older computer. It was a learning experience in preparation for doing it to a later model 17". Only now, I don't need a later model. Nothing I do requires more than 6GB RAM, old thing is blazing fast, have storage to beat the band. So all I can say is - don't do this if you want a newer computer. You'll have given up every reason for getting one. And you'll love your old 2008 bomb that is no longer a boat anchor.

My Problem

I had replaced the stock HDD on A1261 Macbook Pro 4,1 with an SSD. While this was better, I did not have enough storage. For that reason I installed a platter drive in the superdrive space and created a "Fusion Drive." Now I have 1.25 TB of storage that really screams.

My Fix

It was easy, but I have experience in going in on MacBooks. The part fit exactly and required no refitting.

My Advice

If you have an old MBP and want to combine better speed and more storage, give it a try.

My Problem

He was having issues with his mac being very slow and was running an older OS.

My Fix

I replaced the original 3.5 hdd with a 2.5 ssd and used a hdd adapter. I also installed an optical drive to hdd adapter sold by ifixit and placed a 500gb hdd here. The reason I swapped the two is on this iMac the optical drive is a pata connection (very slow) and the original drive is a sata connection ( very fast). Last I installed 4gb of ram. This machine is now running mavericks OS and is extremely fast. Start to finish was about 3 hours including os download reinstall and data transfer.

My Advice

The best advice to you is do all of your research first. Make sure you read everything before you buy. They will tell you everything on the ifixit.com but you call them if you have questions (very cool people). Also pay attention to each step on teardown, don't get ahead of yourself and you will be fine. Macs are so easy to work on especially when they give you step by step pictures. Ifixit has most everything you need to get the job done but there might be something they don't offer (3.5 to 2.5 hdd adapter).

My Problem

My old hhd was failing, so instead of just replacing it, I decided to upgrade to a fusion drive.

My Fix

For best results with a fusion drive, the hhd should go in the optical drive enclosure and the ssd should go where the original hdd was. This meant using a 2.5" to 3.5" SATA adapter to hold the drive in place.

My Advice

I followed the advice of some recent fusion drive upgrades of preserving the recovery partition on the ssd (google fusion drive with recovery partition for more info) and everything appears to be working great. I haven't tested the recovery partition yet, so I'm not sure that it will show up during boot. Also, I managed to get both the hdd thermal sensor and the optical drive sensor to reach to the new hdd in the optical bay. It seems to be working great and the fans run very infrequently. If you attach the sensor to the ssd, I've read that it will read out of range on the cool side and cause the system to assume the sensor is faulty and run the fans continually.

My Problem

More drive space

My Fix

good

My Advice

On MACBOOK Pro 2007

My Problem

Wanted machine to run and load programs faster.

My Fix

Easy as i have replaced 2 hard drives in my iMac in the past

My Advice

It is easier than you think. Just follow iFixit directions and take your time.

My Problem

I only had a 320gb hd. and didnt have enough room for a windows partition thru bootcamp. i installed a 1tb 3.5 as the primary drive with windows 7 pro x64 bit (also unsupported for 2111 imac) and i installed a 480gb ssd with optical bay caddy. i had to load osx on the 480gb ssd before i reoved the internal disc drive. needed the internal disc drive to load win 7 on the 1 tb hd. after windows was loaded then i removed the disc drive and installed the pre loaded 480 gb ssd in the optical bay caddy. power on press option key and 2 separate hard drives show up with separate os!!!!!

My Fix

success. the key was using the primary drive slot inside the mac to load the operating systems.

My Advice

if you load osx on a hard drive before you install in the optical bay you can use the primary drive for another os.

My Problem

My granddaughter's 2006 Mac Mini would not support her iPad Mini in iTunes and she ran out of space on the original 80GB drive. Also, the computer had become slow. Answer: An iFixIt optical bay drive enclosure. I put an SSD where the original drive was and a 500GB drive into the enclosure - brilliant, worked like a charm! I was concerned about PATA speeds but it's not really a problem.

My Fix

It went extremely well. The iFixIt tutorials are amazing. It's the first place I look for tutorials. So clear, so well done with very high quality images. I had no problem changing the processor, the memory, the hard drive or installing the enclosure. All thanks to iFixIt. Afterwards the machine Mac Mini booted up in 15 seconds and apps come up immediately. With plenty of storage and a Lion OS, my granddaughter will be really pleased. It took minutes to boot up before.

My Advice

Be patient when inserting the enclosure. There is a small circuit board at one end that presents a challenge because of the tight fit. If you feel like you are forcing things, stop and try again. The plastic filler is too loose so I ended up throwing it away. You don't really need it anyway after you insert the two screws into the HD from below. The filler just keeps falling out. Also, the PATA connection is a bit finniky to get tight but once in, it's there to stay. A great enhancement for any Mini.

My Problem

Wanted dual hard drive for our aging iMac 24", so glad that iFixit has the PATA drive enclosure.

My Fix

Overall, took 2 hrs to finish, open to close. I took my time and was tired at the end of the work week (a Fri night) -- wanted to be able to work on the clean install of Mavericks over the w/e. Had a vacuum handy to pull out dust in the nooks and crannies as I went. I took the advice of other posters here, and did not detach the lcd power cable (pic attached). I simply rotated the display out of the way -- definitely the way to go!

I used the iFixit guide app on my iPad as I went - everything went as advertised -- thanks guys!!

So, have clean install of OSX on 120GB SSD in main bay (OWC transplant from my MBP); plus 750GB HDD (Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB 7200RPM - another MBP transplant) in the drive enclosure. Keeping our rather large iTunes and iPhoto libraries on the HDD. System works nice and fast now, sweet. Will be using this iMac as backup system to MBP and will be used as media server via Apple TV.

My Advice

If you're on the fence about doing this, my advice is to go ahead and just do it. I no longer feel the urge to buy new iMac. Loving the fact that this circa 2008 Mac is purring along into 2014 with the latest software, and essentially lag-free.