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I love tinkering under the hood of my MacBook Pro. For sometime I have wanted to install a solid state drive (SSD) in my MacBook Pro (MBP). I thought I’d do it in the optical bay of the MBP, but instead, I moved my 500G HD to the optical bay (after removing the optical drive) and installed the small 60G SSD in the hard drive bay. I did this using a bracket from Other World Computing, called a DataDoubler.

The package from Other World Computing included the SSD, the DataDoubler bracket and an enclosure for the optical drive so that it could be used externally and a set of tools.

The Mac as originally equipped—HD lower left, optical right above it.

The Mac as originally equipped—HD lower left, optical right above it.

Step one… shut the Mac down and remove the back. I took out the HD and replaced it with the SSD first. There’s two videos that walk you through the whole thing—they are Mac specific and can be found on the Other World Computing website.

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SSD in place, optical still installed

Then it was time to remove the optical drive, the most nerve wracking part of the process—only four screws, but two of them were in hard to reach places.

Installing the old HD in the DataDoubler was rather easy, as was

Everything installed—SSD, and DataDoubler with the original HD.

Everything installed—SSD, and DataDoubler with the original HD.

sliding it in place—replacing the screws was a bit hairy, but I got it all done, put the back on it and hit the power button, prayed and crossed my fingers.

It powered on! I installed a fresh system on the SSD (now named FrankenMac). I followed the instructions and then the trouble started.

I didn’t have permission to see anything! My documents folder, downloads, even my desktop were off–limits. I spent most of the day trying to figure it out, to no avail. Then I stumbled upon it. I did “Get Info” on Denster (the old HD) and saw this check box at the button of the window.

Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 11.02.14 AMI checked that box, restarted and all was well… or almost. I had to do some work on various apps, but in the end it was all worth it.

I have more room on my HD and my Mac is FAST! My boot up time when from 2.5 minutes to 25 seconds! So, yes, I have a FrankenMac, but I love my little monster!

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