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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)
2012 MacBook Pro 13" (Model ID MacBookPro9,2)
2012 MacBook Pro 15" (Model ID MacBookPro9,1)
  • 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 and 2012 MacBook Pros (Model ID 8,1; 8,2; 8,3; 9,1; 9,2). 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 / 5 137 out of 143 (96%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: surfvh Location: USA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 The great install videos really make installing this item simple! August 12, 2018 The OWC Data Doubler Optical Bay Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Solution is easy to install, particularly using OWC's terrific install videos. I looked at install videos on other sites, and they made the install process needlessly complex and frustrating - kudos to OWC! I decided to install an SSD drive to replace my HDD; then install that HDD where my DVD drive had been, since I never use it. At the same time I also installed 16GB of memory. Now my late 2011 Macbook Pro 17" has become a SuperMac. Thanks, OWC

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Reviewer: JackNYC Location: NYC Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Excellent solid design - Tools included - Great price August 3, 2018 The data doubler is a excellent solid design with all the Tools included in the box at a Great price. My computer is transformed. I work on location and need a second Hard Drive at all times now my second drive is inside the computer and works at blazing fast speeds. No more worrying about someone knocking the external drives cable out. Great price, an outstanding value. OWC offers easy to follow video directions for every model mac the data doubler works with.

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Reviewer: Magicrat
Rating: 5/5 just what the doctor ordered April 4, 2018 This data doubler works perfectly and I now have the storage I need on my Macbook Pro.

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Reviewer: CrossPlatformAries Location: Florida Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Mostly smooth installation, but high quality product March 15, 2018 About the only issue I had with this was getting the drive installed to the bracket in such a way that didn't make it feel like I was going to snap the SATA connector in the process. It's made out of actual metal which was surprising and considering the design of the machine it's going it, it makes sense for heat dissipation. The instruction book (while missing a tiny step) was outstanding as it was a full color product covering All possible installations. Between that and the metal, this was probably where the cost came from. I didn't use the tools included, but they appeared to fit.

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Reviewer: kevsac916 Location: Sacramento Ca Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Works great March 11, 2018 Pretty easy to instal with video happy I upgraded

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Reviewer: Kentster Location: RuralMN Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Easily Installed in a MacBook 5.1 March 5, 2018 Easily installed in my MacBook 5.1 running elementaryOS/Linux. It's a nice use for the space in my unit once occupied by a working optical drive. It's great to have all kinds of room on a very reliable spinning disc for redundant backups from my boot SSD, it (along with elementaryOS) gives new life to a piece of great hardware...that my eight-year-old can take advantage of.

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Reviewer: Jjtrue Location: Jjtrue
Rating: 5/5 Good January 18, 2018 Everything went together perfectly and my MacBook pro mid 2012 is very fast.

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Reviewer: Rixmac Location: Malaysia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Well-made and easy to install December 28, 2017 I found the DataDoubler to be a well-made and easy to install solution when I decided to replace my optical drive with a 2nd HD in my macbook pro.

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Reviewer: 377Ohm Location: Lausanne, Switzerland Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 The best designed and built product of its kind December 16, 2017 I have seen about a dozen similar products, and this one is the best designed and built of them all: slim yet sturdy, very solid and easy to install. The design is efficient: there is no component or material bulk that would not be needed in the product. This is particularly appreciated by those whose fingers have thickened with age and sports.

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Reviewer: Meven Location: Lake in the hills Illinois Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great product December 6, 2017 Wasn’t sure at first if it would fit my Mac book I have the 13 inch early 2009 version and the instructions didn’t show how to take mine apart. So I looked it up on the internet and was able to find instructions on how to take mine apart. So I was able to put it in my Mac and it works great.

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Reviewer: ShorePro Location: Washington State Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 OWC Data Doubler Optical Bay Hard Drive/SSD Mounting November 26, 2017 I ordered this product along with an OWC Multi-Mount: 2.5" to 3.5" (x2) and 3.5" to 5.25" bracket and cable set to upgrade my 2011, 17" MacBook Pro and my 2012, MacPro. The quality of these products is exceptional and the online videos, make installation a cinche.

I've had prior experience with MacSales and was quite impressed with their after-sale service. They have always gone out of their way to insure that the products I purchased were of the highest quality and ultimately served my purpose.

MacSales is on the top of my Goto list for computer upgrades.

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Reviewer: Raulfg Location: La Coruña, SPAIN Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 No more things needed! October 30, 2017 The kit is very complete, obviously , we need a hard disk to make the kit usefull.

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Reviewer: Johnniemunz Location: Christchurch New Zealand Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 This product is awesome I now have two hard drives in my MacBook October 18, 2017 The data doubler was a good purchase in my MacBook mid 2012 just have to say one thing the tools that came with it are very cheap and broke first time I use the Phillips screwdriver which was annoying apart from that very happy thanks OWC.

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Reviewer: CyHunterX Location: Puerto Rico, SJ Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 The best product i buy here September 2, 2017 THe best back up with you i ever nuy i luv this product and is SO funtional :)

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Reviewer: sqra Location: Poland, Leszno Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 The doubler allows to have additional disk drive. August 15, 2017 I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos:
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Reviewer: HamishNZ Location: Auckland, New Zealand Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent! July 5, 2017 In all regards my experience with OWC has been outstanding. The ease with which I can select the correct products to the promptness of delivery. I won't be shopping anywhere else!

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Reviewer: Mac4Home Location: Queensland, Australia Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 This product was relatively easy to install. June 28, 2017 If undertaken with care removal of the optical drive and installation of the Data Doubler is a relatively straightforward task. There is, however, one issue. For a mid 2010 MBP the printed installation manual, in section 3.11 part 3, describes the removal of the 'silver' cable situated between the two ribbon cables while the online video makes no mention of this cable or its removal. I followed the vide rather than the manual and found it unnecessary to remove this cable.

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Reviewer: MarkDoby Location: Syracuse, NY Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Data Doubler June 27, 2017 I was quite surprised when I opened the box to find that the bracket used for mounting was actually aluminum! I was expecting plastic for the price so this was nice! Fit was perfect as is the case with anything from OWC. I should have ordered an external enclosure for the optical drive I removed...

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Reviewer: majahack Location: Watsonville, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Great Value June 19, 2017 My DVD drive was no longer working and I had recently upgraded my 750GB HDD with an SSD. I was using the HDD with the external enclosure included in my SSD upgrade kit but it still wasn't as convenient as an internal drive. I went ahead and ordered the Data Doubler which has worked out great. My Mac immediately recognized the drive.

The install was a bit more complicated than I had thought it might be. You have to remove quite a few screws and connectors (tools included). About halfway through I thought I had bit off more than I could chew but I powered through with great results. No regrets now that it is done.

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Reviewer: JamesM669 Location: Burbank Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 MacSales/OWC ARE Awesome!!! April 28, 2017 Once again, these guys have proven themselves to be masters at what they do. I highly recommend this company and their products for anyone wanting to buy replacement and updrade parts for their Apple products.

And the icing on the cake?: Even with standard USPS shipping, my order arrived within 3 days - way before the 7-10 days!

I'm extremely pleased. Can't praise these guys enough!

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Reviewer: MacbookPro12
Rating: 5/5 Works great. April 6, 2017 Tip: careful with some of the screws in the laptop, they can be stripped pretty easily.

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Reviewer: TomH
Rating: 5/5 Data doubler for MacBook Pro A1278 March 23, 2017 High quality product! Durable and light! Comes with all tools and instructions that are needed to install and video of the installation is provided. Add a bit of weight to the laptop with the HDD.

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Reviewer: plong0 Location: British Columbia, Canada Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Provided installation booklet makes installation process straight-forward March 19, 2017 I was ordering some new RAM and an SSD for my MBP 6,1 and decided to also get the data doubler as my optical drive was broken any way.

By carefully following the instructions in the booklet that comes with the OWC data doubler, the installation process was very smooth and painless. The data doubler is working great so far, the HDD automatically mounts as a second drive in macOS and read/write operations work just fine.

I haven't formatted the original HDD yet, so I can even boot to my old OSX install if I need to.

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Reviewer: RonD Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Worked exactly as advertised February 2, 2017 Price is right. Tools included. Online video as good as it gets. Excellent

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Reviewer: Simba Location: MO Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Idea January 16, 2017 I have Updated 2 of my MBP's with these and also SSD's from OWC. These are easy to use, and fit perfect. It's a NO Brainer if you want to Upgrade.

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