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DualDrive Demo

Submitted By: powerbookmedic
Approved On: 9/29/09
Description: This is a demo of our DualDrive product that allows for up to 1.5TB in a Mac laptop.

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Anthony
10 months ago
Hello. I have a powerbook g4 and when I install the 2nd hdd in the optical bay none of the hard drives are found. Just a blank screen. Can you help?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Brendan - installing a dualdrive is just like installing a replacement optical drive. You may find more info on that on your model's own repair guide.
Brendan
2 years ago
No video for the installation on a unibody mac?
M.Hansen
2 years ago
@Powerbook Medic - Thanks for you reply, I've figured out the problem. The HDD's 3Gbit SATA was apparently to fast for the IDE/PATA connection in the computer. So I placed a jumper on the HDD which has slowed down the speed to 1,5Gbit/s.. This seems to do the trick.. Regards Mads
Jimmy
2 years ago
I try many times. Thank you,
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Jimmy - try the dualdrive one more time and confirm it still doesn't work. If it doesn't, it may be defective.
Jimmy
2 years ago
Hi There, Thank you for replied, I put DVD drive and optical drive back as original, MBP is working fine, can you tell me what is wrong? Thank you,...Jimmy
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Jimmy - i'd hook back up your optical drive and make sure it still gets detected fine. if yes, try the dualdrive one more time and if it still doesn't work, it may be a faulty dualdrive. If the optical drive doesn't work, it would be either the optical drive cable or the port on the logic board.
Jimmy,
2 years ago
I installed 60 GB SSD in MBP late 2007 model for OS, and use old HD for dual drive it does't show up any where even in the disk utility, but I can feel power is on the drive,
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Hansen - we haven't experienced this in shop, so I'm not really sure what the issue could be. It could be a power issue.. so I would see if the same thing occurs while the machine is plugged in. If you can't figure it out, if you bought it from us, you can return it for a refund.
M.Hansen
2 years ago
I'm experiencing the same thing Nick does. The second hard drive ejects by itself.. Usually after waking from sleep. I started a thread on mac-forums.com but nobody seems to know what's going on! Follow this link; mac-forums.com/forums/apple-notebooks/273332-2nd-internal-hard-drive-ejects-after-sleep.html
Nick
2 years ago
I installed the dual drive on my black macbook. but the extra drive keeps disconnecting. all the wires are in solid. Seems like OS is rejecting or something. Anyone seen this?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Thomas - yes that's common.
Thomas
2 years ago
Couldn't install in my 13" mbp without having to do away with the black plastic end piece (it interfered with the pressed in optical drive slot guide). is that the issue on all MBPs?
Festus
3 years ago
Are you able to partition as DOS and install WINDOWS on the 2nd drive?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Antoine - these drives don't come preformatted, so if you haven't done that yet, check Disk Utility and see if it shows up there.
Antoine
3 years ago
I installed the Dual Drive as Instructed but the second one is not recodnize or wont show up.. but its spinning..
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@digi - its best to do a part request for that by clicking the Request a Part link at the bottom of the page.
digi
3 years ago
Can i use Dual Drive For My Macbook 13" White (Model A1181). If Yes then where do get it and foe how much.. thanks
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
The dual drive has the adapter built in to go from a SATA interface to the appropriate connector for your optical drive cable.
Jony
4 years ago
I'm excited to put in a new drive, but I'm confused: isn't the optical drive in a MBP (3.1) ATA/IDE? So I would *not* be able to use an SSD because they are all S-ATA? Thanks.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Luis - yes you can. any hard drive with that standard connection will work.
Luis
4 years ago
Can you install an SSD on the DualDrive? Thanks.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Chris - we haven't had any reported problems with that. Some machines are more cramped than others, but you typically won't use the 2nd hard drive for the operating system, so it won't be used as much.
Chris
4 years ago
What about airflow - I'm worried about the extra heat killing the new hdd prematurely.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Ash - no, you'll use any brackets from your current optical drive.
Ash
4 years ago
does it come with brackets or without? Thank
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@angelo - yes they do.
angelo
4 years ago
will this work for 1.83 ghz macbook white?
Corey
4 years ago
I installed the Unibody version in my Unibody i5 MBP, the MacBookPro6,2 model. One, I had to remove the plastic bezel at the front of the drive for it to fit into the laptop. Second, the optical drive has two screw securing it on the top plate, which this unit doesn't have. So, there's only one screw securing the DualDrive sled. Other than that, install wasn't too rough.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Torrey - Thanks for the info. Glad to hear it works for that model.
Torrey
4 years ago
Hi guys. I just put a 500g @ 7200 in my mbp 17 inch unibody (I have a 128 SSD). Here is my findings, as I hope this helps people as I just dove in on my brand new 3,000$ laptop. Fits ok, but actually doesn't have anything holding it in except the black arm that hangs over the indented part of the drive. (the kind of lower arm part) The 2 MAJOR THINGS ARE THE FOLLOWING... I had to cut/modify the extra plastic piece that powerbookmedic put on the side of the drive. To see just hold the superdrive next to the new drive. You can see the difference is just the 1 inchX 1/4 inch plastic that is overset. Also when placing the drive in I had to use a secondary jewlers screwdriver to wedge it in slightly. Also the drive has some magnetic properties and seemed to fit securely despite the lack of screws. Actually I guess this could be a negative, but the fan is so solid it actually made me feel at piece that the drive wouldn't move. Summery- It works on the new 17inch macbook pro unibody, but be prepared for some slight mods and a few extra original mac screws left over. I hope this helps you guys.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@AJ - We haven't gotten an i7 in the shop yet, but from the pictures we've seen, there shouldn't be a problem, but I can't make any guarantees until we get our test machine.
AJ
4 years ago
Do you have a guide/demo for the latest 15" i7 model? I am thinking about buying one of your dualdrives, but need to make sure I can do the install first.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Sphinx - You should be able to.
Sphinx
4 years ago
Is it possible to use the dual drive as a second boot drive? To run Windows for example?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@jeremy - yes, your warranty would be voided. yes the HDD will spin down whe not used.
Jeremy
4 years ago
How do I get the optical drive out of the current unibody mbps with integrated Battery? Is the guarantee void after installing this or is there no seal? Does the HDD go to sleep mode if it is not used? Planing to use this with the Apple BTO SSD.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Vincent - it should, yes.
Vincent
4 years ago
Do you know if this give the same performance/throughput as it the drive was in the main drive slot?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@kriss - We haven't tried it ourselves but we've heard from customers you can.
kriss
4 years ago
if there are 2x 500gb drives, can you make a RAID out of them?
Makazaru
4 years ago
Please make sure you make it abundantly clear how to install this thing. I am now very happy with it, but the amount of frustration it caused during installation was incredible. The dualdrive cannot be installed on a 15", non unibody Macbook Pro, without removing the top cover of the dualdrive as well as the silver front bezel. Not to mention a great deal of the screw holes do not line up very well with the brackets used by the DVD drive in the previously mentioned MBP. Please fix this, otherwise I would not be able to comfortably recommend an otherwise great idea, and decent product to my friends.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Josh - No, all of your operating system is still on the main hard drive. You are just adding a 2nd hard drive for additional storage. You can get an external enclosure for the superdrive.
Josh Berry
4 years ago
If you install a dual drive, do you have to reinstall all applications that you had on your first drive? I'm assuming you don't, because the mac only analyzes the new drive, correct? And also, if you take out the DVD drive, are you able to use it as an external DVD drive, or do you have to buy a new one?
Powerbook Medic
5 years ago
@Leo - You should remove the bezel for all models. It won't affect how it operates.
Leo
5 years ago
The fit of the caddy is not ideal for the 17" unibody. I had to remove the plastic on the end near the slot. An optimized version is called for. Hope you guys can address this.
Powerbook Medic
5 years ago
@Peter - yes, they should be compatible. Once they become readily available, we'll start selling the drives as well.
Peter G.
5 years ago
Will this unit accept a 12.5mm-thick hard drive such as the WD Scorpio Blue 1TB model? Thanks.
Powerbook Medic
5 years ago
@Jesper - The casing is the exact same form factor as your original optical drive. You will have the same room as you have with the stock drive.
Jesper Weltz
5 years ago
Will there be space to fit a 3G modem in the unit as well?
Powerbook Medic
5 years ago
You can get the bare enclosure from our website as well as the enclosure with a preinstalled drive.
NomAtter
5 years ago
Where can i get only a "DualDrive" Frame with the Controller ?
Powerbook Medic
5 years ago
The procedure is very similar, but we'll try to get a Unibody version up shortly.
Leo
5 years ago
Just got the Unibody model. The video should mention that it is different than shown. There is no top cover on the unibody model so I am not sure if I need to remove anything before securing the drive in it.
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