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OWC Data Doubler

Optical to SATA Drive Converter Bracket Solution
Includes everything needed to replace your optical drive
with a second drive or Solid State Drive
Add up to an additional 2.0TB of internal storage. Add a Solid State Drive (SSD) for near instantaneous boot and app load. Even create a RAID array! Includes bracket, 5 piece toolkit, screws, and detailed installation guide for complete all in one solution.

Configuration flexibility is yours when you replace your MacBook or MacBook Pro's internal SuperDrive with the OWC Data Doubler. This custom engineered blue anodized aluminum bracket with attached PCB circuit board comes ready to mount any 9.5mm tall 2.5" SATA hard disk drive and even Solid State Drives.

Then, just install the entire assembly into a MacBook or MacBook Pro 5.25" optical drive bay. OWC Data Doubler makes it easy to custom design how you want your internal storage to perform. Installed drives are recognized like any other high speed SATA storage device and can be setup and partitioned using the Apple Disk Utility Program.

OWC Data Doubler DIY Kits Everything you need in one package.
Just a few of the configuration options you can enjoy with Data Doubler:
  • Creating an individual volume with its own desktop icon.
  • Combining a new drive with the existing internal drive for one larger volume (SPAN).
  • Combining a new matching drive with existing internal for high-performance RAID-0 Stripe volume.
  • Configuring a new drive as a Time Machine®
    backup drive.
  • Formatting one drive for the Mac OS and the other dedicated for Windows.
Power Tip
Spin-down hard drives sooner to save battery power. Running an extra hard drive in your laptop can drain battery power faster than a single drive. But you can tell your Mac to put hard drives to sleep sooner than normal to save power.

This is an advanced tip that requires working in Terminal. For the step-by-step explanation, visit our blog.
Includes:
  • OWC Data Doubler Bracket
  • Interposer Board
  • Screws
  • OWC 5 Piece Toolkit


This OWC Data Doubler is compatible with...
MacBook Pro 17" "Early 2009"
"Mid 2009" "Early 2010"
"Early 2011" and "Late 2011"
MacBook Pro 15" "Late 2008",
"Mid 2009" "Early 2010"
"Early 2011" "Late 2011"
and "Mid 2012"
  • MacBookPro5,1 | 2.4GHz, 2.53GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz, 2.93GHz (See special notes for details)
  • MacBookPro5,3 | 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz, 3.06GHz
  • MacBookPro5,4 | 2.53GHz
  • MacBookPro6,2 | 2.4GHz, 2.53GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz
  • MacBookPro8,2 | 2.0GHz, 2.2GHz, 2.3GHz, 2.5GHz (See special notes for details)
  • MacBookPro9,1 | 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.7GHz
MacBook Pro 13" "Mid 2009"
"Early 2010" "Early 2011" "Late 2011"
and "Mid 2012"
MacBook 13" "Late 2008"
  • MacBook5,1 | 2.0GHz, 2.4GHz
MacBook 13" "Late 2009"
and "Early 2010"
  • MacBook6,1 | 2.26GHz
  • MacBook7,1 | 2.4GHz
 
Special compatibility notes related to use of this product with 6Gb/s SSDs in the following machines:
2011 MacBook Pro 13" (Model ID MacBookPro8,1)
2011 MacBook Pro 15" (Model ID MacBookPro8,2)
2011 MacBook Pro 17" (Model ID MacBookPro8,3)
  • MAIN BAY: A 6G SSD may be utilized in main bay (move drive or second SSD into Optical Bay*) for reliable SATA Revision 3.0 6Gb/s performance in excess of 500MB/s.

    (Model ID MacBookPro8,3) models. After successfully applying this update, your Boot ROM Version will be: MBP81.0047.B1E. Please read our very informative Blog Post for additional information.

    OPTICAL BAY: The optical bay interface may either be SATA Revision 2.0 3Gb/s (300MB/s max) OR SATA Revision 3.0 6Gb/s. There is no way to specify/order this data interface with Apple, but you can confirm what interface version your optical bay offers by using 'About this Mac, More Info, Serial-ATA' info display.

    Testing has demonstrated that Apple factory hardware does not reliably support a 6G (6Gb/s) Solid State Drive or Hard Disk Drive in the optical bay of 2011 MacBook Pros (ModeI ID8,1; 8,2; 8,3). If your OWC Data Doubler bundle comes with a 6G drive, you should ONLY install that drive in the main drive bay and utilize the Data Doubler to re-task your existing drive or install a new 3G SSD or HDD in the optical bay. PRE-2011 models can utilize a 6G drive in the optical bay, but will do so at a reduced 3G (3Gb/s) speed.

    MacBook Pro 13" models: Apple does not support the use of 6Gb/s drives in the optical bay. While we have observed a high rate of success using SATA 3.0 6Gb/s drives in Apple 13" bays where 6Gb/s link is present, some systems may not operate properly with this setup. For guaranteed reliability/compatibility, we suggest 6Gb/s drives be used in the main drive bay only, and 3Gb/s hard drives or SSDs be used in the optical bay when a two-drive configuration is desired. We cannot guarantee proper or successful 6Gb/s drive operation in the Apple MacBook Pro 13" optical bay.

    2008/2009 MacBook/MacBook Pro 13", 15", and 17" models. (Model IDs: MacBookPro5,1; 5,2; 5,3; 5,4; 5,5 and MacBook5,1; 6,1; 7,1) While a 6G SSD does function, it will only do so at SATA Revision 1.0 (1.5Gb/s) speeds rather that the SATA Revision 2.0 (3.0Gb/s) speed the machine can deliver. Should owners of these machines desire another SSD option, the Mercury Electra™ 3G SSD does run at the full SATA Revision 2.0 (3Gb/s) specification.

    NOTE: Apple's DVD Player application only works with an internal optical drive or Apple's external SuperDrive. To play DVDs with your removed optical drive after installing it in an external enclosure such as the OWC SuperSlim, we recommend the free VLC Player, which can be downloaded from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Specifications:

Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n DDAMBS0GB UPC#: 718122776276

Includes:

Includes bracket, 5 piece toolkit, screws, and detailed installation guide for complete all in one kit.




  • 1: OWC Data Doubler Bracket
  • 2: Interposer Board
  • 3: Screws (5pcs, 3 x Phillips #00
    2 x Phillips #1)
  • 4: Detailed Installation Guide
    with Model Specific Instructions/Step
    by Step Photos
  • 5: Toolkit includes everything you need to
    open your Mac and install the Data Doubler.

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Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 110 out of 115 (96%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: EtaCarinae Location: New York, NY Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Fast and Flawless Retrofit! November 16, 2016 This product brought my early 2011 MacBook Pro up to a screamer modern video / audio editing box.

The excellent red-flagged online advisory from MacSales informed me that I'd need to move my existing HD into the Data Doubler frame in order to take full speed advantage of the SSD retrofit I'd intended. [Placing the SSD in the original HD location.]

The video How-To was perfect; I could see everything and understand exactly what to do. And the printed instructions added a neat hack for disconnecting one of the fragile data ribbon cables. Plus: All the needed tools were included. Perfect!

MacSales made my upgrade project easy, understandable and reasonably priced: Everything fit. Nothing broke. The box woke up from surgery laughing!

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Reviewer: vmeyer Location: Brazil Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great product. November 16, 2016 Works just as promised, I'm very pleased with this upgrade. Great fit inside the Macbook, came with all necessary tools and looks very durable.

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Reviewer: TheMan Age: 55-65 Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 This product has great November 15, 2016 I am extremely happy about the purchase, the delivery of this product and online support videos. I Completed the upgrade of my Mac Book Pro. Well done! From Toronto, Canada

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Reviewer: averlyn Location: Singapore Age: 18-24 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Perfect accessory to longer life for MBP November 8, 2016 I use a MBP from late 2011, and thankfully, read the advise/note about how SSDs don't work will with the optical drive's cable and needs to be installed using the original HDD cable. MBP now takes 5 secs to start compared to a 1min wait previously. Definitely god-tier quick fix.

Anyway, I'm not trained in electrical engineering but managed to upgrade my laptop. Might have taken slightly longer though!

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Reviewer: ichever
Rating: 5/5 Quite good item November 8, 2016 The quality of the frame is very good, it is perfectly match my macbook pro. And shipment is very fast as well.

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Reviewer: TechPro1 Location: New York Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Great solution to upgrade your laptop September 25, 2016 It was very helpful to add a HDD instead of upgrading an SSD. I saved money choosing to replace my old DVD drive.

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Reviewer: BugHunter Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Clever Idea and Pretty Easy to Install! September 24, 2016 I'd never had to open a laptop before, but with the included tools and instructions, I had my new SSD in in about 30 minutes.

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Reviewer: Docfixit Location: Wagga Wagga NSW Australia
Rating: 4/5 This product was great for the job September 21, 2016 Put it in and it is up and running not a problem.

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Reviewer: JoeSanDiego Location: San Diego, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 High quality, simple to install August 28, 2016 This item was very simple to install, and it seems very well made - a high quality product. It's been installed in my machine for about 1.5 months, and there are no problems.

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Reviewer: Rumplestiltskin Location: El Paso, TX Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Pretty cool option August 13, 2016 If you own a MacBook Pro with an optical drive, you may be at the point where even the thought of using optical media is a joke. This item gives you the option to jettison the drive and, instead, install an additional hard drive into what had been the "optical bay". I believe it only runs at 3gb, not the 6gb of the primary SATA bus. However, like the dancing mule, the wonder is not how well it dances but that it dances at all. If you put an SSD in this adapter, it will still be a lot faster than a spinning hard drive. **Do note, however, that the 2011 MacBook Pro does not support this SSD use on the optical drive bus!**

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Response from MacSales.com, Tech Support August 15, 2016 The 2011 MacBook Pro, depending on the model, is only capable of supporting a true 3Gb/s hard drive or SSD in the optical bay position. Use of a 6Gb/s drive will cause issues as while the port in many of these is rated for 6Gb/s, the Apple interconnect for the bay is not - and thus major problems. You can use a hard drive or an SSD in this bay in those affected models - as long as it is a SATA 3Gb/s model. This is a major reason why we offer both a special HGST 3Gb/s firmware version of 1TB 2.5” HDDs (embed link to: https://eshop.macsales.com/Search/?q=3S2&filter.catidpath=4081 ) and offer a dedicated 3Gb/s model line of the OWC SSDs.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: France Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 3/5 This product works really good August 5, 2016 The doubler data works very good and the tutorial in internent was good.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Camarillo, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 OWC Data Doubler July 29, 2016 A must need if you are replacing your optical drive for a 2nd hard drive. Instructions provided by OWC make change easy.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Toronto, ON Age: 18-24 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Incredible! July 20, 2016 Easy to install and INSTANT system boost, also OWC Staff was very helpful with all questions I did have. Great product, great staff!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Houston, TX Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great product!! July 16, 2016 I installed a Data Doubler in my Macbook Pro so that I would have more storage capacity. I am a photographer and storing a lot of RAW files takes up an awful lot of space. I am running a 512gb SSD in the HDD bay on my Mac and added the Data Doubler with a 1tb hdd drive. This allowed me to backup all of my photos on a recent trip to Europe as well as edit them while on the road. I would highly recommend the Data Doubler to anyone who prefers to have more storage over having a CD rom. Not only is the Data Doubler made out of high quality parts, but it included all of the tools needed for installation. I actually installed this product in my hotel room while on a roadtrip. Installation was a breeze.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Fort Worth, TX Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 OWC is my go-to store for all my Mac needs! July 4, 2016 Great products! Great how-to videos!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: East Tennessee Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Worked as Expected June 27, 2016 I would recommend this item to a friend!
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 5-6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Product for MacBook Pro! May 13, 2016 When my friend told me I could swap out my optical drive for more storage space on my MacBook Pro, I was pleasantly surprised. Life has been pretty sweet ever since. Now I have a Pro 6G for startup disk and a Mercury 3G in optical drive for storage. #Livinthedream

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Atlanta,GA Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Expansion Made Easy May 8, 2016 Thank you OWC for the data doubler. First off, it arrived fairly quick. Installation wasn't difficult, and now I'm running my 2012 MacBook Pro 13' with the customary MacBook 500GB drive, and a 480GB SSD. It moves noticeably faster than it has in the past. I recommend the OWC data doubler.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: NJ Age: 35-44 Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Use the Doubler, Skip the Tools April 18, 2016 The Data doubler is a fine piece of hardware that will easily add to the MacBook's feature set, as the Superdrive is of little use nowadays. The instructions are easily followed; you should not feel intimidated by this install. However, the included Phillips screwdriver stripped the heads of the screws that hold the superdrive in my MacBook Pro; as a result I was unable to remove the drive and actually perform the install, but had I used a better screwdriver it could gave easily been performed. Use a higher quality phillips screwdriver and thus Data Doubler will be well-worth the purchase and 10 mins needed to install it. I will instead by purchasing a Data Doubler for my 2009 iMac and using my planned SSD as a 2nd drive in that.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Canada Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Minor setbacks but now double the data April 11, 2016 All went great until I tried to remove the very last philips 00 screw holding the optical drive in place. The screw was tight and the tools included were inadequate. The screwdriver grip is not large enough to usefully hold. Maybe it's just my large hands. Either way, the screw got stripped. A call to OWC to see what I could do about this was fruitless. All they said was they don't sell the screws. Not really the issue at hand, especially since new screws came with the data doubler. I ran out to the hardware store while the cat guarded my laptop operating table, and bought a proper smartphone repair toolkit. With the better quality tools in there I was able to successfully extract the offending screw and complete the data doubling. Everything works brilliantly now. One star off for cheap tools.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Illinois Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 This works! April 9, 2016 I have used this product for my kids Macbook Pro's once they left college and found their machines sluggish and slow. Both machines improved performance dramatically and they continue to use "older" mac's in their daily lives. A great way to get greater milage from your mac investment. Works so well and so easy to do with the video instructions, that my son had upgraded friends macs with the product as well.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Great invention February 13, 2016 Got it installed and pleased with it.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Great addition January 30, 2016 The Data Doubler worked fine and has worked fine since instilling. It would be nice to have a mesh that comes with it to cover the DVD slot to dampen sound. Otherwise, it works fine.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Ajax, On Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 MBP Data Double is Perfect fit January 16, 2016 This upgrade allowed me to use a feature in my MBP for something else .. Never used the Superdrive but always needed Storage, with the OWC Data Doubler Optical Bay Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Solution it gave me the storage I wanted,I now have 2 x1TB SSD drives in my Mac Book Pro 6,2 it flys now...

Thanks OWC

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Albuquerque, NM Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 OWC DATA doubler December 31, 2015 I was able to install in 15 minutes videos where a great help just all around great product it's made with aluminum as well I thought it was plastic but I was dead wrong fast shipping my computer picked it up no problem just really happy o and I use the second ssd for Kali Linux it's fantastic.

I would recommend this item to a friend!