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Hard Drive Caddy Tray for Apple Unibody MacBook - MacBook Pro 13 15 17 SuperDrive (Replacement Only) by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Hard Drive Caddy Tray for Apple Unibody MacBook / MacBook Pro 13 15 17 SuperDrive (Replacement Only)
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 1116 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 3.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Expensive4.6   average
Service4.5   average
Price4.4   average
Installation4.3   average
Speed4.1   below average
Boot4.0   average
Quality3.7   below average
Read3.6   average
Bracket3.3   below average
Packaging3.2   mediocre
Connection3.1   average
Screw3.0   below average
Case1.9   mediocre
Connector1.8   below average
Cable1.7   mediocre
Write1.5   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Boot

Boot:
"Macs do not handle well with the boot up driver being in the optical drive."
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"Please note - you will not be able to boot camp your laptop after this - as it requires an optical drive in the optical drive bay (external optical drives do NOT work, it's a very annoying hardware limitation)."
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"You can put a hdd in the second bay - but you won't be able to boot to it."
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"It fits perfectly well and my Mac now boots in 18 seconds!"
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"Love this thing, put my stock HDD into this when I put an SSD in, I was still able to boot from partitions on this! "
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"I have an OWC 240GB SATA 2 drive (my old MBP's main drive) and it works perfectly - both as a boot drive and as a storage drive."
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"I ended up putting my SSD in this adapter instead of the traditional slot due to limitations with boot camp, and I still get very good speeds out of it, ~480MB s. Also, not that it matters, but it looks quite stylish too, it doesn't look like I mangled the inside of my computer when looking at it."
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"The benefits of a ssd as your boot up drive are great."
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Bracket

Bracket:
"The only thing missing was a screw bracket on the back en to secure it... but this can be salvaged from the optical drive you're removing."
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"While inserting it you have to push it hard to get it past a bracket and into the spot, but then it fits fine, but I would anticipate it would be hard to get out again."
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"As I mentioned earlier, everything did fit, and my new setup is working fine, but I was pretty disappointed to find that this tray was missing two of the brackets screw holes that would have otherwise attached it to the computer."
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"I'll remind everyone to remove the mounting bracket near the SATA connector on the Superdrive and screw it into the HDD Caddy since I've seen other reviewers complain about there not being a bracket when they simply skipped this step."
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"The hardware was flimsy and the brackets had a cheap feel."
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"I was frustrated thinking that maybe this thing wasn't going to work; I took the bottom plate off again and realized my error of misinstalling the bracket, corrected it, and bingo, it fit like a glove."
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"The bracket hold the SSD snug and fits perfectly in the space vacated by your optical drive."
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"No need to spend a bunch a money for a bracket when this works perfectly."
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"This bracket has pretty much the same dimensions as the optical drive that was in the mac before."
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"The screw holes line up perfectly, you do have to 'recycle' an angle bracket from you optical drive for the 3rd screw, no big deal."
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"Great for the price, though the mounting brackets were slightly offset from where they should be to meet up with the computer body."
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Cable

Cable:
"So apparently the caddy has been pushing against my airport Bluetooth cable for the past 4 months and broke the connector."
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"About a third the price of the broken SATA cable and about the sixth the price of having someone else do it for me."
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"The issue with SATA 3 drives in the optical bay is not a problem with the bus (2011 and later unibody MBPs have a SATA 3 6GB s interface), it's a problem with interference noise associated with the cable design - and currently no one seems to have a fix for that."
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"iFixit has a pretty good article, but BE VERY CAREFUL if referring to that guide, as there is a step that has you rip the video cable out, which if done incorrectly could cause irreparable damage to the logic board."
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"Be careful when you disconnect the wifi ribbon cable, I managed to damage mine."
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"Unfortunately, when replacing this, it broke the cable that ran the wireless, so I had no wifi."
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"Fitment - as I mentioned above, this product fits PERFECTLY in the optical drive bay of my macbook pro (these instructions show exactly what needs to be done - [...] I skipped the part about removing the battery (steps 3-6) and I left the camera cable plugged in (skipping step 8) since you can easily maneuver around it."
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"Changed the cable and with no love."
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"I am hoping that that SATA cable that connects the drive to the motherboard does not fail (it's REALLY tight!"
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"I was certainly surprised when several of the easy cables to disengage were either bolted down very hard with extra pieces of plastic, or randomly taped over with electrical tape - clearly a rush job at the MacBook assembly line before they streamlined the process, perhaps?"
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Case

Case:
"I received this item, took everything apart to install it, only then realizing that it was missing the holes for the screws to secure the drive into the case."
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"And in case I didn't make this clear: LISTEN TO ME WHEN I SAY THIS IS NOT FOR THE MACBOOK PRO, ANY VARIANT, ANY YEAR."
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"One thing I did not realize right away is the installation pictures on the caddy it self were not accurate in my case."
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"I used this to create one of the do-it-yourself Fusion Drives (added a 128 gb SSD and replaced the optical with the old 500gb HDD with this caddy).The caddy fits nicely in the computer, and although there were a couple of hiccups with the screws it still fit snuggly in the case."
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"So, just in case you are confused or worried about buying the right disk caddy, and wondering why these are so darn cheap compared to the 60 dollar kind, I can tell you these are well worth their money."
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"Now I start screwing the case back together, and had a feeling something was wrong when the screw closest to the optical bay was tough to get in."
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"It might be a good idea to get an external case for the one you're taking out and turn it into an external DVD drive."
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"Able to add in a second hard drive into my case."
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"Well, this is another case of you get what you pay for."
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"It did fit well into the case though"
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"That may not be a problem since the case seals tight and there isn't much room for it to jostle around."
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Connection

Connection:
"[[Update: I was using a SATA III drive which is not compatible with the SATA-II internal connection on this model of laptop."
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"So the moral of the story is, before you blame this product (which though not as pretty or nicely machined as the OWC, is much cheaper and a bit lighter) for connection problems, try cleaning your contacts."
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"This fits perfectly on my Macbook Pro, and I have no connecting problems at all."
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"It is still early (this was only 3 days ago) so I will update this if there is a problem with the connection."
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"Links at 3 Gigabits and no connection problems."
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"good product, but don't expect to use for speed intensive applications, DOES WORK in 2011 Macbook Pro 13 easy to install, but dated chips limit connection speed to SATA 1, and my MBP is rated for SATA 2-3."
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"Connectivity is fine, installation is relatively easy if you're familiar with how to do these things."
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"Once I was able to do that the connections especially to from the SATA controller was solid and was able to access the newly installed SSD."
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"I looked around online to see if I could purchase a 7.5mm thickness SATA II 1TB HDD but they are not available in SATA II, so buyer beware, this is a great value, but do not attempt to install any HDD with SATA III Connectivity."
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"This fits perfectly on my Macbook Pro, and I have no connecting problems at all."
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"This was used as an upgrade to Macbook Pro 2009Pros -- Affordable- Easy to install- Sturdy and connected to the MBP EffortlesslyCons -- Instructions could've been more detailed , but if you are doing the same procedure as me make sure to read up and look at teardown guides before attempting."
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Connector

Connector:
"So apparently the caddy has been pushing against my airport Bluetooth cable for the past 4 months and broke the connector."
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"So I took my computer apart and used a little tape to create pressure in the connector, and again it showed up, and again I had the same problem again in the middle of a long data transfer."
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"Next to perfect fit in my 17 MBP, and the connectors have been error free."
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"Otherwise, the build quality is dependable and I see no foreseeable problems with either the body or the connector."
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"I believe I received a unit that was non-functional due to a faulty SATA pass-through connector:I bought this caddy in order to install an SSD into my early 2011 13 Macbook Pro in the boot disk slot, installing my old HDD into the caddy and bolting it into the optical drive bay."
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"When I pulled my SSD out of the caddy it broke off the SATA POWER connector."
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"Next to perfect fit in my 17 MBP, and the connectors have been error free."
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"Perfect fit, has good construction, comes with installation tool, is lightweight, perfect fit SATA connectors."
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"After placing the Superdrive back in its slot, I was able to burn a CD and read from it so it was not an error on my end either (i. e. broken sata connector)."
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"You'll need to use the SATA connector from the old Superdrive, as well as the little bracket that's held down by two screws, on the end of the Superdrive."
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"All connectors were compatible and new HDD mounted perfectly upon start-up."
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Expensive

Expensive:
"I have no complaints and I am glad I did not buy more expensive options."
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"Have been buying these for years for many many customers, they work perfectly well, no need to go with the more expensive options."
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"The caddy works just as good as the expensive ones, Be sure to save your money and get this one."
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"I already had an SSD Drive for my book drive, which speeds the machine boot up by a factor of X5, so I didn't want to sacrifice that, yet a big SSD drive is still pretty expensive."
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"I'd recommend giving it a try versus the more expensive options."
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"I was looking for an alternative to the more expensive OTW caddy and this one worked perfectly."
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Installation

Installation:
"However, after 3 months of installation, I must say I was wrong to think that you get what you pay for."
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"It didn't have the black installation instructions labels the one pictured here has and was missing the two screw mounting holes at the back of the unit."
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"So, either: a) the caddy destroyed the drive, or b) the drive broke spontaneously at the same moment I tried installing the caddy."
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"The installation in my Macbook Pro was not so easy, but thats has nothing to do with the caddy."
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"After purchasing and honestly believing this would be necessary to replace my current drive with a SSD, I realized during installation that this caddy is essentially useless, as the SSD (Samsung) is the exact size necessary."
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"One thing I did not realize right away is the installation pictures on the caddy it self were not accurate in my case."
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"Took me a few minutes to figure out how to get it in there but it was overall a super easy installation."
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"Otherwise, easy installation and pretty solid construction."
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"As with other buyers, the screws did not seat properly and I am glad they didn't: going through the OWC installation showed that this device has little chance of fitting or getting you through the tricky installation without damaging your computer."
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"A 9.5-mm drive will pop up from its top surface by ~ 0.3 mm, but this shouldn't be a problem in the later installation."
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"Easy installation."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"Pretty disappointing to not receive everything that's supposed to be in the package."
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"So you can understand my disappointment when I open up my package and find that the product wasn't what I paid for but some cheaper, generic cradle from China which didn't match the image shown on the sellers site."
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"I am very happy with this product... -1 star for handling damage poor packaging."
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"I was a bit worried at first as the packaging had Chinese all over it so I thought I got a Chinese ripp off imitation."
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"The caddy comes in easy to open packaging and comes with all screws and even the screwdriver needed to make the replacement."
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"It fits perfectly into the optical drive, and the package comes with a screwdriver and additional screws, if you need them."
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"The caddy is great, and works perfectly in my Late 2011 MacBook Pro 13.The packaging; however, was deceiving."
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"Going back to the product itself, packaging was good."
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"PROSIt works as it shouldIt fits perfectly; every screw hole is alignedIt is inexpensiveIt comes in hard plastic retail packaging (good for protection while shipping)It has straightforward instructions on the productCONSMine didn't include the HDD bumper (Since I am using an SSD, this is okay)INSTRUCTIONSIt is pretty straightforward for the MacBook Pro (unibody, non-retina)Open your MacBook Pro (You can reference a website like ifixit."
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Price

Price:
"This is a cheap piece of junk, offered at a you pays your money, you takes your chances price."
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"About a third the price of the broken SATA cable and about the sixth the price of having someone else do it for me."
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"It's inexpensive enough that it's not worth the return hassle, but for my configuration, it didn't work."
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"They're extremely cheap, so it's understandable that there would be a higher failure rate than other products."
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"Inexpensive but works perfectly."
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"not tested but look nice, low price and cheap quality but no need more to work and do the job"
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"Easy to install and great price."
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"No need to spend a bunch a money for a bracket when this works perfectly."
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Quality

Quality:
"No so good as I thought... the quality is not the best but still doing the job."
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"Yes the casing isn't the greatest quality, but it does the job and I have been using it for the past 7 months without any incidents."
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"the quality may not be vary good."
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"BUT the built quality of the tray is not so good."
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"Otherwise, the build quality is dependable and I see no foreseeable problems with either the body or the connector."
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"I really like the quality it worked very well and have no complaints."
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"not tested but look nice, low price and cheap quality but no need more to work and do the job"
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"Good quality."
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"Very good quality."
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"Overall quality seems good, but it is delusional."
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"This is a quality product at a wonderful price."
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Read

Read:
"Fit was fine, but I couldn't do anything with the drive because of Read Write errors."
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"I was able to read and write small groups of files, but fails when reading or writing for long periods 40Mb+ It took me a while to diagnose whether it was the drive or the caddy, and after having the caddy past the return date, I am writing to definitively state that the caddy is the cause of all my read write errors."
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"I am getting 132 MB s read and 107 MB s write speed, not that impressive."
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"its fresh read to install perfect! "
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"Please Read, This caddy is a generic component that might not be the one you are looking for."
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"works perfect only took a few mins to install, and even tho it says it wont work with the Early 2011 13in Macbook pro it fit perfect and read the SDD as soon as the laptop booted up.."
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"I have not read of any problems with standard (spinning) SATA 3 drives installed in the superdrive position likely due to the fact the drive is the bottle neck, not the cable or bus."
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"When a second disk is installed, and it is a conventional HD, sometimes youhear it spinning up (and taking some time) to read out)Highly recommended for diskspace hogs."
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Screw

Screw:
"Just make sure you have a magnetic screw driver cause it's really hard to get it back in if you don't."
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"I ran into major problems in terms of fit.1) The screws provided to secure the hard drive to the caddy did a good job, but one of the screws was in the way of the Wi-Fi adapter."
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"The screws are hard to find to get replacements."
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"But there is a side that is missing a ring to screw it down."
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"Screws are kinda weird though."
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"Missing parts and the screw holes were misaligned with the MacBook Pro 15"
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"I ran into major problems in terms of fit.1) The screws provided to secure the hard drive to the caddy did a good job, but one of the screws was in the way of the Wi-Fi adapter."
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"That said, it's worked great thus far with my 2011 Macbook Pro (15) and includes everything you need - the essential screws are already partially screwed in, nice touch."
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"Fits good and works perfect but had a issue while installation where one of the screw head deformed while tightening with HDD in it."
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"But I'm not worried about it since the four screws on the sides of the caddy secure the SSD I installed just fine."
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"Holes for the screws to go back in were perfectly aligned."
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Service

Service:
"so that was awesome even do it wasn't needed great service."
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"Great product, and great service! "
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"Good and fast service."
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"I figured since Amazon has great customer service and returns are typically a breeze...id take my chances with this $10.00 drive doubler."
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"I saved money over OWC's which is a great company and I always trust their products and service."
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"BrainyTrade has excellent service even part out off warranty."
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Speed

Speed:
"In the end, I wouldn't recommend this caddy for older systems which don't support the SATA 3 because it will cut your speeds down significantly which isn't really good."
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"Great performance, any problem so far, about 2 years ago!"
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"Screws were a bit hard to get into place but once you do, it is very sturdy and this has allowed me to have a fast SSD along with massive amount of storage for my 17MBP"
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"I tried copying files to it over and over again and every time I tried, I got abysmal performance (10K s), I O errors in Console."
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"With one screw missing it did not affect performance."
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"They are fast and dependable, and I had a lot of reliability problems with Seagate drives in the past."
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"Fast shipping and good item"
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"If you want storage space AND speed without spending a fortune, get one of these caddies and a 256GB SSD and you will be amazed at the performance improvement you will see on your Macbook Pro."
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"Speeds are pretty good."
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"Works perfect fast delivery."
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"Also SSD is amazing performance boost."
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Write

Write:
"The instructions are written by someone unable to write in english -- or understand the use of conjunctions."
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"Fit was fine, but I couldn't do anything with the drive because of Read Write errors."
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"- Something is subtly wrong with the SATA pass-through in the caddy, and I can't write data to the disk (Crucial M4 512GB) when it is mounted in my computer (the caddy disk combo works just fine in an external CD drive enclosure).- The model I got *did* have all the required screw-holes to mount in the computer, after I removed a large plastic piece from the caddy that half-covered two of them and interfered with some parts inside the computer."
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"I was able to read and write small groups of files, but fails when reading or writing for long periods 40Mb+ It took me a while to diagnose whether it was the drive or the caddy, and after having the caddy past the return date, I am writing to definitively state that the caddy is the cause of all my read write errors."
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"Tired both out in different configurations and I was not able to write to the SSD nor get it working properly."
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"I was able to read and write small groups of files, but fails when reading or writing for long periods 40Mb+ It took me a while to diagnose whether it was the drive or the caddy, and after having the caddy past the return date, I am writing to definitively state that the caddy is the cause of all my read write errors."
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"Two sample drives, and when I use the same drives with a SATA to USB I am able to partition and sustain read writes."
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"It also never failed to read or write in my experience."
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