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OWC Data Doubler Optical Bay Hard Drive-SSD Mounting Solution for select Apple Laptop Models by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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OWC Data Doubler Optical Bay Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Solution for select Apple Laptop Models
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 290 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.7
Returned or considering to return: 1.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality5.0   above average
Installation4.4   above average
Speed4.4   average
Bracket3.8   average
Screw3.4   average
Price3.3   mediocre
Cable2.0   mediocre


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Bracket

Bracket:
"was a bit worried that the HDD wouldn't be safe in the bracket but so far so good everything went smoothly and easily, i replaced my HDD with a samsung 250GB SSD and replaced the optical bay with my HDD and my computer is running much more smoothly now."
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"Luckily, Amazon reviewer bb pointed out the OWC bracket solved this optical bay error for his 2012 Macbook Pro."
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"One of the screw hole brackets cracked and broke."
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"I was a little worried at first, but the bracket is very rigid and has not broken under the stress."
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"The bracket feels very sturdy and durable, and the installation actually wasn't too bad."
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"PROS- Well built aluminum bracket- Tool set included- Wide range of compatibility with older MacBooks and MacBook Pros- Increased storage for your Mac- Reasonably priced at $29- YouTube videos available to help youCONS- Instruction manual does not show EVERY Mac configuration in photo examples"
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"was a bit worried that the HDD wouldn't be safe in the bracket but so far so good everything went smoothly and easily, i replaced my HDD with a samsung 250GB SSD and replaced the optical bay with my HDD and my computer is running much more smoothly now."
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"One note: the drive attaches to this bracket on only one side (with two screws, included), and the bracket does not have vibration mounts, so if you're upgrading to a SSD + traditional spinning disk HD, I'd recommend installing the SSD in this bracket and leaving the HD in the usual place next to the battery in the Apple vibration mounts."
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Cable

Cable:
"I'm docking two stars because I think at this price point it doesn't offer enough - specifically I was disappointed that it did not come with an extra ribbon cable to attach the converter to the logic board."
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"Instead, you're forced to use the one you already have, despite the fact that this small cable is extremely fragile and could easily be damaged during the installation process."
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"Be very, very careful when removing these cables - don't get in a hurry or you will damage them!"
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"I believe the hard drive cable in my 2010 MBP broke, but rather than guessing what was wrong, I felt it was safer to just replace my CD drive since I knew that connection worked."
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"One thing though, must carefully read all the instructions as it is not a trivial exercise especially you have a number of flimsy cables to take care of."
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"The product looks gorgeous and sturdy, but unfortunately when I pulled the cable adaptor off the Mac's optical drive, it was not a match for the connector on the Data Doubler because the Late 2008 optical drive is apparently not Sata."
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"Instead, you're forced to use the one you already have, despite the fact that this small cable is extremely fragile and could easily be damaged during the installation process."
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"Its going to be a tight squeeze and you DON'T want to damage those cables going into the optical drive."
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"Especially when it warns you to take great care when when disconnecting the IR cable."
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"Once I was able to get the DD SATA Cable, Securely connected to the Motherboard, the DD would wake from Sleep."
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Installation

Installation:
"Instead, you're forced to use the one you already have, despite the fact that this small cable is extremely fragile and could easily be damaged during the installation process."
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"Anyone who is handy should be able to install this no problem, especially with the installation video available from the OWC website."
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"There are a lot of things that could go wrong installing the data doubler if you're not careful or know your way around, know what not to touch or know what wires go to what."
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"Not recommended for those uncomfortable or unfamiliar with hardware installations .As others have said, this product is more expensive than similar products."
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"The bracket feels very sturdy and durable, and the installation actually wasn't too bad."
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"Instead, you're forced to use the one you already have, despite the fact that this small cable is extremely fragile and could easily be damaged during the installation process."
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"Installation instructions were thorough and very easy to follow."
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"Pro: Clear instructions that show each model's installation with many pictures."
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"The MacBook Pro has several small screws to remove in the installation process and they can be easily lost, if you aren't careful."
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Price

Price:
"Long story short: I took my macbook apart again, destroyed the cheap caddy in a moment of rage and frustration, and finally bought the OWC Data Doubler."
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"great salved my error 36 on a mac don't buy the cheap $10 holders they don't work I got 2 and finally got this one all is well now GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR I learned the hard way buy once not 3 times like I did I"
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"I had some difficulty getting the drive out, which was in no way OWC's fault, because I stripped one of the cheap Apple screws that held it down."
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"Initially I bought a cheap caddy from amazon that failed for identifying any of my 6gbps hdd in optical bay."
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"The product itself feels very sturdy, definitely not made of a cheap, flimsy plastic."
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"My only criticism is the price I think is a little high for what it is."
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"This product is very well made, not cheap plastic like the others."
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"But after 6 months of random reboots, system crashes, stuttery bluetooth peripherals, etc -- I ordered the JUYO VONSAN Hard Drive Caddy Tray for half the price and swapped out the OWC, and it works beautifully!"
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"Great build quality, and more compatible than the cheap caddies."
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"This would be 5 stars however for the price of this kit, the tools provided should not had been faulty."
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"Well worth the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Good fit, and quality."
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"It was an excellent fit and high quality material."
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"I love the quality of this product."
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"very good quality."
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"Excellent quality, straightforward instructions with pictures, included tools are perfect for the job."
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Screw

Screw:
"Weird that it only has screws on one side for the drive."
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"I appreciate that the guide had instructions for specific models of different computers, but it should have taken some time to explain what was actually being done at each step of the way - the pictures were blurry and finding tiny screws can be pretty frustrating if you don't know where exactly you're looking."
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"The replacement Superdrive I bought because the original failed did not, because the mounting screws were unique on my MBP."
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"One of the screw hole brackets cracked and broke."
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"the screw in question loosened and fell out after it broke, which rattled and prompted me to look inside again."
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"I had some difficulty getting the drive out, which was in no way OWC's fault, because I stripped one of the cheap Apple screws that held it down."
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"No matter, OWC included the tool to get then removed and nice new phillips head screws to go back in."
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"Con: The green chip didn't fit exactly with the frame, the chip hung slightly over the frame, which didn't allow me to screw in one of the two screws, but that's okay because the one screw fastens it very well."
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"The MacBook Pro has several small screws to remove in the installation process and they can be easily lost, if you aren't careful."
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"Mini tools come in handy but had to use another screw driver which fits well on the original screwheads."
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Speed

Speed:
"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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"You might miss the drive on occasion but, the SuperDrive is painfully slow."
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"The hard drive seems to work well with this item, and I haven't noticed any performance speed issues."
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"If you are looking to make your macbook perform really well you could also use this to set up a raid array for blazing fast performance! "
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"My drive mounted perfectly, speeds have been good, and overall I'm very happy with this purchase."
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"Works like a charm and now I have a fast 2nd hard drive which is great for recording audio to."
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