Macbook superdrive bay useful for putting HD in it?

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Macbook superdrive bay useful for putting HD in it?

Post by gerhardt2000 » 30 May 2014, 02:08

ok, so i just realized the Superdrive bay is actually really slow...
    [*]hard drive: 500/750 GB 5400 rpm Serial ATA standard, 1 TB and solid state drive (SSD) options (128, 256, or 512 GB) on 6 Gbps SATA bus
    [*]optical drive: 8x dual-layer SuperDrive writes DVD±R and DVD+R at up to 8x, DVD-RW at up to 4x; dual-layer DVD±RW at up to 4x; reads DVDs at 8x (double-layer at 6x), dual-layer and DVD-ROM at 6x; writes CD-R at 24x, writes CD-RW at 16x, reads CDs at 24x on 3 Gbps SATA bus
    [*]drive bus: SATA 1 (1.5 Mbps)[/list]

    for music recording/mixing this makes putting a drive in there pretty useless unless its for archives or backups etc...

    is it fast enough to put the System disc in it?

    right now I have a the Seagate 1tb SSHD drive in the hard drive bay and it is double the speed of the stock hard drive.

    would i get better performance putting the original 5400rpm hard drive in a USB 3 enclosure than putting it into the superdrive bay?

    also, what is the last line in the specs
    drive bus: SATA 1 (1.5 Mbps)
    referring to? The super dive is plugged into a 3Gbps SATA bus right?

    what is this other SATA 1 bus? is that for the SD card slot?


    i guess I can return the superdrive HD tray then if it is going to be so slow or will a 5400rpm stock apple drive not saturate the superdrive bottleneck anyway?

    me head hurts...

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