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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A Closer Look Part II

The SSD controller is a SandForce SF-2281:




As we have mentioned before, the Data Doubler is included in a separate cardboard enclosure, with the company logo on top:




To aid the installation, we also get the OWC 5-Piece Mini Toolkit:




Inside, besides the main product, we will also get the necessary screws (and some extra), along with an Installation Manual:




The Data Doubler has a more spartan look compared to the MCE Optibay and its chassis is painted all blue:





The SATA connection converts the HDD/SSD electrical contacts to the compatible ones of the removed optical drive:




When reviewing the MCE Optibay, we have seen that the installed HDD or SSD was held fixed by four screws, two on each side; with the Data Doubler, the drive gets fixed on only one side:




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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