OWC DIY Kit (Data Doubler + SSD) and SuperSlim USB 2.0 External Enclosure Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2012-10-18

The OWC DIY Kit is compatible with the latest Mid-2012 non-Retina Macbook Pros and helps us install an additional disk drive by replacing the Apple SuperDrive. The kit also incorporates a high-performance SSD from the same manufacturer (SandForce powered) and for $39.99 extra we can also have the Super Slim USB 2.0 Enclosure for the removed SuperDrive.

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Packaging, A Closer Look Part I

The kit from OWC contains a white cardboard box with the Data Doubler, one Manual Addendum document, a 120GB SSD, one OWC Value Line SuperSlim USB 2.0 Enclosure and the OWC 5-Piece Mini Toolkit:




Let's take a closer look first at the SSD; the model that is shipped with a kit is a Mercury Extreme Pro 6G, inside a transparent plastic enclosure; from the package, we can learn that the product was built in USA from domestic and imported parts:





The SSD body is fully metallic and the two parts are held together with 4 Torqx screws; as expected, one of the screws is covered with a warranty sticker:





On the back side, we'll see the sticker with the product code name and serial number, the power rating, total capacity, supported standard and firmware revision:




After the SSD has been opened, we can expose the drive internals:




On one of the sides, we'll only see 4 NAND Flash chips installed:




The Toggle NAND Flash chips are manufactured by SanDisk, with the SDZNPQBHER-016GT code name and are built on a 23nm process:




On the back side of the PCB we will discover an additional of 4 NAND chips, along with the controller:



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Comment from jmke @ 2012/10/18
bit of a markup for the Mac Superslim drive swap, as most SSD are now sub $1 per GB, still a nice kit, much more useful than a DVD drive.

Excellent installation pictures and benchmarks.

Can you use this drive as boot drive for Mac OS X? (while in the new superslim enclosure) ? or do you need to swap the internal HDD?
the Sata speed is 3Gbps on the DVD port?
Comment from Stefan Mileschin @ 2012/10/18
Of course you can use the drive as bootable for OS X. This is the best use for it basically in my opinion. My benchmarks done in OS X show SATA 6Gbps speeds for the SuperDrive bay interface.
Comment from jmke @ 2012/10/18
that's pretty awesome, most OEM systems have no 6Gbps for their DVD drives
Comment from Stefan Mileschin @ 2012/10/18
From what I have read, 6Gbps works well since the 2011 Late versions of Macbook Pro on the SuperDrive interface. This is why Mac Pro Unibody is still awesome compared to Retina or Air regarding possible internal storage space .
Comment from jmke @ 2012/10/23