Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

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.

Step 1

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

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.

Step 2

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

Remove the cover that covers the RAM modules.

Step 3

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

Remove the RAM modules from the two slots.

Step 4

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

Remove the two screws inside the battery compartment.

Step 5

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

Remove the two screws located under the RAM cover.

Step 6

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

Remove the four screws on the side of the laptop from the side of the DVI port.

Step 7

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

Video: Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13


Next, one screw on the back, on the right.

Step 8

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

And one screw on the back, on the left.

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Step 9

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

Next, unscrew the four screws on the side, on the side of the MagSafe port.

Step 10

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

Open the laptop and gently lift the keyboard. Turn off the cable going to the system board and remove the keyboard completely.

Step 11

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

We unscrew the four screws that secure the optical drive to the laptop case.

Step 12

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

We disconnect the optical drive cable from the system board with a dielectric blade and pull out the device.

Step 13

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

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.

Step 14

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

Lift the drive from the bay and disconnect the cable from the drive connector.

Step 15

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

We unscrew the four fixing screws located on the left and right sides of the disk.

Step 16

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

The screws removed from the disk are installed on the SSD media.

Step 17

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

We install the SSD-carrier in the bay, connect the cable to it. We connect the wires to the loop located on top.

Step 18

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

We remove all the brackets from the optical drive by unscrewing the fixing screws.

Step 19

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

In order not to get confused in the abundance of screws, we recommend using a sheet of paper on which to sign all fasteners.

Step 20

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

We transfer the mounts from the optical drive to Optibay and install the hard drive inside.

Step 21

Install Optibay Optibay on a Macbook Pro 13

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.

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