Over 1TB of Internal Storage for your Macbook or Powerbook

September 29th, 2009

Today we released a completely upgraded line of DualDrives that can more than double your internal Mac laptop storage capacity.

The DualDrive adds a second internal hard drive to your Mac laptop by replacing your optical drive (your cd or dvd drive) With the DualDrive, it’s possible to get up to 1.5 Terabytes of storage in some Mac laptop models.

The video below is a demo showing the simple installation for the DualDrive.

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Product Options

DualDrive – Add a Second Hard Drive to your Mac Laptop

No Drive Installed ($59.95)
320GB 5400RPM ($139.90)
500GB 5400RPM ($179.90)
500GB 7200RPM ($209.90)
750GB 5400RPM ($259.90)

DualDrive for Macbook Unibody – Add a Second Hard Drive to Your Mac Laptop

No Drive Installed ($59.95)
320GB 5400RPM ($139.90)
500GB 5400RPM ($179.90)
500GB 7200RPM ($209.90)

Maximum Amount of Storage By Model



DualDrive for All models except the Unibody Macbooks. Maximum size 750GB.

Dual Drive for Unibody Macbook Models. Maximum size 500GB.
Dual Drive for Unibody Macbook Models. Maximum size 500GB.

43 Responses to “Over 1TB of Internal Storage for your Macbook or Powerbook”

  1. jack daniel says:

    will they workon on my mac laptop G3 Pismo with upgraded G4 processor?

  2. Bradley says:

    Technically yes. You’d have to mount the drive in the drive sled of your current drive, and you’d also need to get a piece of software called a hi-capacity ATA driver that will allow your Pismo to see drives greater than 120GB. That software is $29.95 I believe.

  3. Michael says:

    Will the 1TB storage work on my POWERBOOK? (SPECS BELOW)
    Model Name: PowerBook G4 17″
    Model Identifier: PowerBook5,5
    Processor Name: PowerPC G4 (1.1)
    Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz
    Number Of CPUs: 1
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 167 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 4.8.4f1
    Serial Number (system): W84191YMQRV

  4. Bradley says:

    Yes, this will work in your system.

  5. Greg says:

    Would the DualDrive work as a TimeMachine backup drive?

  6. Bradley says:

    Yes, it will work as a TimeMachine backup drive.

  7. Mike says:

    Are there external enclosures for a macbook pro 15″ unibody optical drive? or something else good to do with them?

  8. ivan teran says:

    Is the internal connection to the macbook via USB?

  9. Bradley says:

    Yes, there are some available. We should have some in stock next week.

  10. Bradley says:

    No, the DualDrive will be on the same bus as your optical drive, not USB. So if your optical drive is on an ATA bus, the DualDrive will run on the ATA bus.

  11. David says:

    Will the 750 fit without removing my cd or dvd drive on my non unibody Macbook Pro??

  12. Bradley says:

    On a 17″ Macbook Pro non unibody, the 750GB drive will work as a replacement to your standard internal hard drive.

  13. Jay says:

    Is there a technical reason why the max capacity is the 750GB drive vs. the 1TB drive?

  14. Bradley says:

    The reason is due to the drive height. Currently the only 750GB drive to market is slightly taller than the standard Apple laptop drives. I’m sure that in the near future new drives will be released which will allow for maximum capacity increases.

  15. Jay says:

    But Bradley, The 750GB and the 1TB are both 12.5mm high…

  16. Bradley says:

    Sorry, I thought you were asking something else. While there is a 1TB drive technically on the market, it is not available in any type of quantity which makes us unable to offer it as an internal solution for the DualDrive currently. As soon as we get them we’ll offer them in the DualDrive.

  17. zahadum says:

    1) so just to clarify the responce viz tge 1TB DRIVE: the 0GB bay can accept any 9.5mm mechanism, correct?

    2) If so, is there any thermal impact on a 2nd dasd? – as compared to the optical drive (in write mode).

    3) does your bay also accept SSD? (which are in the 1.8″ not 2.5″ formfactor)? …

    If so, then would it be possible to fit two of the SSD inside the bay, in a RAID (stripped or mirrored) configuration?


  18. Bradley says:

    1.) Yes it can accept any 9.5mm drive

    2.) No, it will most likely even be cooler using the DualDrive.

    3.) 2.5″ solid state drives will work.  It is untested with 1.8″ drives, but if it has the standard SATA interface, it should work.

    4.) There would most likely not be enough space inside the enclosure for two drives.

  19. Almerick says:


    How is the battery life of a setup if the optical drive is replaced with an SSD as boot/application drive and the original hard drive used for data (photos, music, movies)

    Also, do you include/sell enclosures for the superdrive once it is removed?

  20. Bradley says:

    If you set the DualDrive as the boot device, you might have slightly decreased battery life as it will constantly be seeking from the device. On the other hand however it won’t constantly be seeking from the standard internal drive, so it will even itself out. We’ll be selling the enclosures shortly.

  21. Almerick says:

    Does that mean that if I put the boot SSD on the original HDD bay and put the standard HDD in the DualDrive as a place to keep data (iTunes Library, Photos and movies) will the battery life remain the same as with a SuperDrive in the bay?

  22. Bradley says:

    The battery life would remain about the same relative to how much you use the hard drive. If you are watching videos and playing music all day, then it would be the equivalent power usage of playing a cd in your drive.

  23. Dan says:

    Hi Bradley,

    Will the hdd that’s mounted in the dualdrive, also work as the system drive? with hybernate?


  24. Bradley says:

    The drive will also work as a system drive. The DualDrive is still undergoing testing for compatibility with Hibernating and energy saver feature compatibility.

  25. Michael says:

    Once the second drive is installed, can the two drives be used in a RAID configuration?
    My machine is a MacBook Pro 2.33 (2.2)

  26. Bradley says:

    No, the drives can not be used in a RAID configuration.

  27. Adam says:


    You say the drives cannot be used in RAID config. Why?

    Are you sure it cannot do RAID?

  28. Bradley says:

    The drives have been tested further and can be made as part of a RAID array or function as a single volume.

  29. Ismail Salleh says:

    Kindly assist me on the dualdrive non driver install. Specs on the required HDD.

  30. Ismail Salleh says:

    International purchase. Where?

  31. Ismail Salleh says:

    There is no Malaysia in your international list. Kindly advise

  32. Bradley says:

    Do to the high amounts of fraudulent orders that originate in Malaysia, we no longer ship to that country.

  33. Bradley says:

    You would need a 2.5″ SATA hard drive for the bare unit install.

  34. Bradley says:

    You can purchase items from our website, and we ship internationally.

  35. Thomas says:

    does this mean all current macbook pros and the macbook can take a 12.5mm HD as an internal drive? does it fit without any changes/adjustments on the body?

  36. Bradley says:

    The 12.5 only works in the DualDrive, not in the main hard drive cavity.

  37. Jordan says:

    What are the harddrive manufacturer options for the unibody replacement? I see both a WD and Seagate in the examples.

  38. Bradley says:

    The MFR doesn’t matter as long as it is a 2.5″ drive 12mm in height or less.

  39. Mitch says:

    Does this connect via SATA? I’m planning on running an SSD, would I be better off installing it into the regular hard drive space or in the optical bay?

  40. Bradley says:

    The Unibody DualDrive has a SATA interface. The regular DualDrive has an PATA interface. An SSD will work the same in either the DualDrive or the main hard drive spot.

  41. tony says:

    is heat disbursement from the DualDrive factored in? my concern is heat levels coming from the DVD drive that weren’t intended by Apple, therefore something (theoretically) could get more heat from an internal drive then it would from the DVD. Has that been considered?

  42. Bradley says:

    There have been no heat disbursement issues with the DualDrive. If the drive is constantly seeking there will be more heat, but not a significant difference from a normal optical drive.

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