As I’ve mentioned before, I had a whole list of upgrades to make to my MBP, but was waiting for my optibay knockoff to arrive from China. Last week, the package arrived and I finally had all of the parts to complete my upgrades. With two ifixit.com guides opened – one for the optical drive swap and another for the hard drive swap – I was ready to get going. I originally thought, after reading both guides earlier, it would take somewhere in the range of 1.5-2.5 hours to complete the entire project; the RAM had already been installed, although that wouldn’t add any significant time to the process. Overall, the optical drive/hard drive swaps took about an hour total for the actual labor. There was approximately 2 hours worth of copy time before (from the original 120 GB hard drive to the new 640 GB hard drive), and another hour after the swap (from the 640 GB hard drive in the optical bay to the 60 GB solid state drive in the hard drive bay) to complete the entire process. With the SSD, boot time has decreased significantly, as have program launches. Additionally, I now have ~500 GB of extra space for media, and a Time Machine partition built into the system. Rather than repeat what the ifixit guides say (they are very accurate in the details for each step of the process), I’m just going to post some of the pictures I took. If you need any clarification on a certain step, please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you. To view all of my photos from the install, head over to MBPUpgradeImages – sorry some of them are blurry, I forgot to adjust the settings on my camera before I started.
Inside the MBP:
Here’s a screenshot of my desktop with everything installed – notice the 3 drives in the upper right hand corner now.