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 […]

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

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  1. 30
    Ismail Salleh Says:

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

  2. 29
    Bradley Says:

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

  3. 28
    Adam Says:


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

    Are you sure it cannot do RAID?

  4. 27
    Bradley Says:

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

  5. 26
    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)

  6. 25
    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.

  7. 24
    Dan Says:

    Hi Bradley,

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


  8. 23
    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.

  9. 22
    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?

  10. 21
    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.

  11. 20
    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?

  12. 19
    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.

  13. 18
    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?


  14. 17
    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.

  15. 16
    Jay Says:

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

  16. 15
    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.

  17. 14
    Jay Says:

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

  18. 13
    Bradley Says:

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

  19. 12
    David Says:

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

  20. 11
    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.

  21. 10
    Bradley Says:

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

  22. 9
    Дополнительный HDD для MacBook Says:

    […] DualDrive […]

  23. 8
    ivan teran Says:

    Is the internal connection to the macbook via USB?

  24. 7
    Mike Says:

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

  25. 6
    Bradley Says:

    Yes, it will work as a TimeMachine backup drive.

  26. 5
    Greg Says:

    Would the DualDrive work as a TimeMachine backup drive?

  27. 4
    Bradley Says:

    Yes, this will work in your system.

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 1
    jack daniel Says:

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

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