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Hey there guys, I've been considering for a long time to remove my DVD ROM and slap my HDD there and slap an SSD on the SATA3 connection down where the HDD used to be. Though, I never got around to doing that because of hesitation. I would a appreciate a faster performance out of my MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011 model, but I just don't know if it's worth it. To begin with, I'm currently in Asia and it's hard to get computer parts, though SSD would be easy, the Caddy isn't. I'm indecisive about removing my DVD ROM. I still do have CD/DVDs laying around but hardly use them. Though, I'm just afraid it might come in handy some day.

My question would be, is it worth to make this upgrade? What are the Pros and Cons (Besides loosing a Optical Drive)? What risks are involved? How big of an SSD should I get? Where can I get these parts for the best price?


asked Aug 17 '12 at 07:36

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There's really no cons in replacing the optical drive. I replaced it for another 1TB hard drive, but it's the same principle.

I understand the worry about getting rid of the optical drive completely. When I did it I bought an Optibay and at the time they had an offer where they gave you a free USB enclosure for the optical drive you were removing so you could use it as a external drive. It doesn't come free anymore but it's only an extra $20, which is much cheaper then buying an external drive. http://www.mcetech.com/optibay/index.html

answered Aug 17 '12 at 09:03

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I have put an SSD in my MacBook Pro and from a speed point of view, it's great! I have not removed my optical drive as I have no need but if you do it and need to use optical media, just hook up an external DVD drive!

answered Aug 17 '12 at 08:44

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Well, I haven't used the optical drive in months to be quite honest with you. Though, the fact that I have a lot of DVDs and CDs at home containing some random stuff I've accumulated over the years when all I had was DVDs and CDs at home and no flash drives and such. Granted, I can buy an external disk drive when needed cause it's really old stuff, but I don't know, part of me says I feel uncomfortable without that optical drive.

Though I'm generally based in Asia, I do travel from time to time and bring my MacBook around, so I find an external drive having to be a hassle. Unless there's a way to hook my current drive into a housing and convert that into a portable drive. I could also use cloud storages, but then will need to carry a usb modem. Haha this is giving me a headache. By the way, whats the capacity on your SSD?

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