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How I made my MacBook Pro as good as it could be

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MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011 Optical Drive Replacement

15 - 40 minutos

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Meu Problema

I use my computer for work, so I figure, if there's any way to make it better, it's almost always going to be worth it. I already installed 16GB of RAM, so I figured the next step was an SSD. I wanted the fastest I could get, but to get one big enough AND super fast would be extremely expensive. So I got a 240GB, 500MB/s one, and instead of replacing my hard drive, I used this to have both.

Minha Solução

In the end it all worked out well, but there were a couple issues. First, I figured since both my hard drive and optical bays were SATA 3, I could just put the SSD in the optical bay, and it would be less work. It's been said before, but I'll say it again: it doesn't work. For whatever reason, your SSD won't be recognized in the optical bay of a MacBook Pro. The other problem I had, was that the T6 screwdriver I got didn't actually fit the screws, it was too big. But I'm fairly certain that was just a bad screwdriver, because I got a T7 and that fit. Now I have 130 screwdrivers (they only sell them in sets at Canadian Tire). Otherwise the operation was pretty straightforward.

There is one issue I still have though: there is a bit of a buzzing sound when I play music loudly, at certain frequencies. I think this may be because to put the drive in the enclosure, I unscrewed the top of the enclosure, so I could push it in straight. After putting it back, it didn't fit together quite the same anymore; I think maybe it just wasn't made for that. I can't think of anything else that could be buzzing.

Meu Conselho

1: Don't put a SATA 3 SSD in your optical bay; it won't work (hard drive will though).

2: Don't unscrew the top of this thing; it works fine to just put the drive in on the slight diagonal.

3: When putting those 3 torx screws back in, put one of the left ones in half way, then start the other one; otherwise you won't be able to start the other one.

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