Tuesday, February 24th 2009

MCE Offers Second Internal Hard Drive for Unibody MacBook and MacBook Pro Laptops

MCE Technologies announced on Monday that it has prepared a little something for the owners of "unibody" MacBook and MacBook Pro systems. MCE offers to replace the optical disk drive of your unibody Mac with a hard drive, providing you with increased internal storage capacity, RAID performance or additional reliability if you mirror the two hard drives. The OptiBay upgrade starts at $190 and offers to install 250 GB/5400 RPM, 320 GB/5400 RPM, 320 GB/7200 RPM or 500 GB/5400 RPM SATA hard drives. MCE also offers an external drive enclosure kit for the "SuperDrive" optical drive that's removed by the second hard drive, so you can have the goods from both worlds. Source: Macworld
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3 Comments on MCE Offers Second Internal Hard Drive for Unibody MacBook and MacBook Pro Laptops

It's a pretty cool concept, and nice to see showing up on more computers... HP has been doing this with their latest series of notebooks as well, basically including a plastic frame the same internal dimensions as an optical drive, with the same external trim, with room to attach any standard notebook SATA HDD.

I am curious about this supposed RAID support though. Software-based I guess? Because as far as I know, Macbooks don't have hardware RAID controllers, as wicked as that would be...
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Graphical Hacker
Clever idea, but I would much rather have an optical drive as well for those times when I just have to reinstall windows during those long layovers at the airport.
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It is cool, but it's really expensive, although I must admit, I'd love to have 1TB of storage in my MBP, so I can have plenty of space for Windows and OS X to reside together, and still have space for my downloads.
I must say I barely use an optical drive these days, so I would buy the external one they offer up, although it would be there as a "just in case" device.
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