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Fusion Drive retrofit to 5 year old MacBook Pro (non-unibody)

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MacBook Core Duo

MacBook Core Duo Optical Drive Replacement

Moderate

Mein Problem

The laptop was feeling pretty slow with it's 5400rpm drive and the DVD drive hadn't worked for years anyway. With the buzz about Mountain Lion's Fusion drive technology reaching a peak I thought I'd give it a go.

Meine Reparatur

The repair was simple - although I had a bit of trouble squeezing the Samsung 830 into the Optibay mount. Used the net guides to create a fusion drive and installed ML - all was good - until I noticed that the machine wouldn't sleep. Did a lot of trouble-shooting and ended up solving the issue by swapping the SSD to the existing HD slot and fitting the 500GB spinner to the Optibay mount. Feels like a new laptop now - definitely worth the upgrade.

Mein Rat

1. Put the SSD into the existing 2.5" slot or the machine won't sleep.

2. Google "how to enable TRIM on Mac OS for non-apple SSDs"

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9.5 mm PATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

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Phillips #00 Screwdriver

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