Any MacBook, iMac, Mac mini or PC laptop sooner or later declares to its owner: “I can’t work faster; and the hard disk space is running out. ” There is another option for overclocking your MacBook, iMac, MacMini or PC-laptop for little money, but dramatically. The device with which this is done is called Optibay.
It is a container that is completely identical in shape to a DVD drive and is installed in its place. Inside the container is placed the hard disk of the laptop, which is thus converted into a second disk drive. And in its place, the HDD, in turn, is installed SSD-drive. This is a solid-state drive in which there are no moving parts, which significantly exceeds the HDD in speed and which is extremely resistant to shock, shock and temperature changes. A free DVD drive, if it is still needed, is placed in a USB box designed for external connection to a laptop.
Thus, spending an order of magnitude less money, you get an ultrafast laptop that is not inferior in its capabilities to the most expensive modern laptop models, equipped with additional memory based on the old HDD and endowed with increased resistance to adverse external influences. Any user who knows how to hold a screwdriver and who knows how to restore the system from the image can install Optibay.
For those who want to independently install Optibay in their MacBook Pro, there is a detailed photo tutorial.
First, make sure the computer is completely turned off. Remove the three screws from the cover that covers the RAM modules. Next, unscrew the four screws on the bottom of the laptop case.
Remove the cover that covers the RAM modules.
Remove the RAM modules from the two slots.
Remove the two screws inside the battery compartment.
Remove the two screws located under the RAM cover.
Remove the four screws on the side of the laptop from the side of the DVI port.
Video: Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13
Next, one screw on the back, on the right.
And one screw on the back, on the left.
Next, unscrew the four screws on the side, on the side of the MagSafe port.
Open the laptop and gently lift the keyboard. Turn off the cable going to the system board and remove the keyboard completely.
We unscrew the four screws that secure the optical drive to the laptop case.
We disconnect the optical drive cable from the system board with a dielectric blade and pull out the device.
Disconnect the wires from the cable located on top of the hard drive. We unscrew the two screws of the pressure strip on the side of the battery compartment.
Lift the drive from the bay and disconnect the cable from the drive connector.
We unscrew the four fixing screws located on the left and right sides of the disk.
The screws removed from the disk are installed on the SSD media.
We install the SSD-carrier in the bay, connect the cable to it. We connect the wires to the loop located on top.
We remove all the brackets from the optical drive by unscrewing the fixing screws.
In order not to get confused in the abundance of screws, we recommend using a sheet of paper on which to sign all fasteners.
We transfer the mounts from the optical drive to Optibay and install the hard drive inside.
We install Optibay with a hard disk in place of the optical drive, connect a cable to it. We fix with four screws. We assemble in the reverse order.