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#126973 25-Jul-2013 15:21
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anyone know if any one is selling these here as I was about to have to order from europe

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  #865952 25-Jul-2013 15:26
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I'm not aware of any in NZ, but OWC is reputable and much cheaper!

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  #865957 25-Jul-2013 15:34
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PB Tech are where I brought mine from there end of last year

Should add they only have the drive holder but brought the CD Case from ebay later for a few bucks.

DSE used to have a screw driver kit but not sure if they sell it with all their changes.




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  #865965 25-Jul-2013 15:49
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Oops, didn't notice that the other one included an external DVD case. That explains the price :)

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  #865976 25-Jul-2013 15:55
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geocom: PB Tech are where I brought mine from there end of last year

Should add they only have the drive holder but brought the CD Case from ebay later for a few bucks.

DSE used to have a screw driver kit but not sure if they sell it with all their changes.


Actually just remembered the kit PB Tech sells does comes with a torx screw driver.




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  #865977 25-Jul-2013 15:57
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Thank you folks appreciate the info




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  #865984 25-Jul-2013 16:10
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geocom: PB Tech are where I brought mine from there end of last year

Should add they only have the drive holder but brought the CD Case from ebay later for a few bucks.

DSE used to have a screw driver kit but not sure if they sell it with all their changes.



Having trouble locating them on PB tech  do you rember what they were called




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  #865988 25-Jul-2013 16:13
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It's an Optibay.

 
 
 
 


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  #865996 25-Jul-2013 16:23
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gnfb:
geocom: PB Tech are where I brought mine from there end of last year

Should add they only have the drive holder but brought the CD Case from ebay later for a few bucks.

DSE used to have a screw driver kit but not sure if they sell it with all their changes.



Having trouble locating them on PB tech  do you rember what they were called


Man they made that hard to find
The one I brought
http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=ENCTIT0002&name=Titans-9.5mm-SATA-to-SATA-2.5-Hard-Drive-Caddy-(-f

Notice that they have another one http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=ENCTIT0001&name=Titans-12.7mm-SATA-to-SATA-2.5-Hard-Drive-Caddy-wi
have not tried it but can't see much different with it, it even talks about MacOS in the information. Other than that from looking at it, it does not look like it comes with the screw drivers and it comes with a windows laptop cd cover.




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  #867021 27-Jul-2013 12:39
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I found a bloke on Trademe who was selling them for $29 try one and see if any good
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  #867023 27-Jul-2013 12:44
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http://www.powerbookmedic.com
I've used them before... unsure if they have what you want though.

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  #867026 27-Jul-2013 13:04
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I have if you are interested.. i bought it from amazon to put it in my macbook pro..but then decided not to. so its still brand new. yours for 20 bucks if you wish to pick it up. i am based in auckland.



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  #879390 16-Aug-2013 11:25
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Ok this is for those very clever people who usually wear T Shirts that say "no I wont fix your computer"

So I have a apple macbook pro with a 250 gb drive and i am adding a Seagate Laptop SSHD ST500LM000 500GB

Question

Do you think it is worth changing the operating system etc to the new drive for that extra speed
or (bearing in mind it will take me most of the day to do as I havnt done before so i have to figure out how) just leave as extra space?






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  #879393 16-Aug-2013 11:27
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haha, funny you should mention the tshirt.

hmm, put the OS on the new drive since the point of that drive (its a hybrid right?) is speed. and you want your operating system to be speedy..

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  #879414 16-Aug-2013 11:45
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Umm Yes you should put it on the new drive however seeing as it is a hybrid I can foresee some issues.

1. There is only about 8Gb of Solid State Storage on those drives. So the more you put onto that drive the less chance you have of having OS files on the SSD portion. So the speed increases you will see at the start will drop down over time.
2. Heat and power consumption may become a issue with a HDD in the CD drive bay as there is little to no allowance for air to get near the drive.
Your using 2 drives with motors in them they will use more power than a SSD HDD config.

If it was me I would only ever put a SSD drive into the CD bay as the speed and power/heat requirements are far superior to a HDD.

With the gear you have I would replace the 250GB HDD with the 500GB HDD(or take it back) and go by a proper SSD 120GB is likely to be the most cost effective.
I would only ever recommend the Hybrid drives if you a) Need a CD Drive. b)Only have room for 1 Drive. as the Hybrid drives have major trade offs.

I have a Fusion drive(Apples Alternative with 128GB of Flash Storeage) which is much like a Hybrid Drive and the trade offs are really not worth it and you really notice it once you go over the SSD memory cap and you have no control over what goes where.




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  #879429 16-Aug-2013 11:55
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The problem being you can't boot off an internal drive connected to the CD SATA adapter. Only the original HDD bay SATA adapter is bootable.

If I recall correctly.

Also a Hybrid drive won't work correctly in Mac OS X unless you do some complicated and clever terminal hacking to turn it into a Fusion drive. Without doing that there is no way the OS can manage where to place the files to take advantage of the SSD aspect of the drive.

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