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New dual internal hard drive option available for MacBooks

Optibay

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

MacBook and PowerMac G4 users who don’t need an internal optical drive can now replace it for a custom fit hard drive case, providing a secondary drive for as much as 1 TB of total disk storage and the option of striping performance or data redundancy using RAID.

New dual internal hard drive option available for MacBooks

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The new MCE Tech OptiBay can be ordered either as an empty enclosure for use with any 2.5“ SATA hard drive, or bundled with a 5400 RPM drive in 250, 320, or 500 GB capacities or a 7200 RPM 320 GB drive. MCE also offers an external USB enclosure for continued use of the old optical drive, with some exceptions.

The new case works within the original and unibody MacBook and MacBook Pros (both 15” and 17“), and with the titanium 15” and aluminum 12“, 15”, and 17“ PowerBook G4 notebooks. Most models support user installation, althought MCE ”highly recommends“ that users of 12” PowerBooks have the drive installed professionally due to the complexity of removing that model’s optical drive.

Once installed, the secondary drive can be formatted as a secondary volume for additional storage or use with Windows using Boot Camp, or can be striped, mirrored or concatenated with the primary internal hard drive to create either a faster, or fault tolerant, or simply larger single RAID volume.

Many original optical drives that shipped in PowerBooks or MacBooks can be used with the optional USB optical enclosure, although neither the original DVD drive from Titanium PowerBooks nor the 9.5 mm SuperDrives used in 15“ MacBooks and MacBook Pros will fit. MCE offers a replacement bus powered optical drive mechanism as well.

  • dustbag

    Interesting that this post doesn’t actually exist at AI yet.

  • dustbag

    Nevermind. Found it on the ‘backpage’ headlines. I guess I’m just not used to Daniel’s stuff being backpage news…

  • http://Lyndell.NET/wordpress/ lyndell

    I’d rather have more battery in place of the optical drive.

  • http://www.ccsgraphic.com CCS

    “PowerMac G4”?