Customer Reviews for OWC Data Doubler Optical Bay Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Solution for Mac Mini 2009.
Review 1 for OWC Data Doubler Optical Bay Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Solution for Mac Mini 2009.
What a difference an SSD makes
PostedAugust 25, 2015
Ever since 2010, I've been using OWC Data Doublers to make MacBook Pros scream with speed — for myself, my kids and for business partners. Loading your OS and Applications onto a SSD, and accessing your user folders, files and documents from a platter-based DH make for a remarkable mix of speed and storage. As long as you've got a reasonable amount of RAM in your MBP or Mac Mini, an SSD solves the info bottleneck that hampered most 2007-2012 laptops: spinning, platter-based drives. Still a "must" for those who want both speed and storage in an older laptop, and for my money a much better investment than a new computer if your MBP is from 2009 or later.
I recently decided to replace a failed optical drive in my 2010 Mac mini with a Samsung 850 EVO Pro 250 GB SSD. This OWC adapter does the job well, but the upgrade itself has some issues: 1) one of the 2010 Mac mini's thermal sensor connectors on the motherboard is easily broken off when removing the sensor cable, even if done most carefully, leaving nowhere to connect the sensor on re-assembly, resulting in the single fan continuously running at full speed. The speed issue can be controlled by 3rd party software, but repairing the detached motherboard connector is beyond the skill of most and probably would require motherboard replacement. 2) Booting from the Samsung SSD (installed in the optical slot) caused the Mac mini to kernel panic regularly. Sources at Apple tell me this is an unsupported configuration -- the power available to the optical bay is not enough to reliably support the SSD. Be sure to do your homework *before* attempting this upgrade, and be very careful detaching the thermal sensors from the motherboard.
Response from Other World ComputingMarketing, MarketingJuly 7, 2015
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Review 5 for OWC Data Doubler Optical Bay Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Solution for Mac Mini 2009.
Adds value to older Mac mini
PostedOctober 12, 2014
I recently replaced the hard drive in a 2009 Mac mini with an OWC SSD. I hardly use the built-in optical drive these days, and I have an external USB optical drive that I can connect when needed. So, I decided to replace the Mac mini's optical drive with a second internal drive, a standard 2.5-inch 1TB hard drive, at the same time.
The printed instruction booklet is well-illustrated. However, I used the online video OWC provides. Mount the 2.5-inch drive on the Data Doubler, remove the optical drive, and mount the Data Doubler assembly in its place. The connection used by the optical drive is used directly with the new drive. This older Mac mini is now a nice "media server."
The kit comes with a set of five tools. It appears to be the same item OWC sells separately as "OWC 5-Piece Mini Toolkit." Curiously, I only needed the small Phillips head screwdriver (which I had already). But it's a classy touch to include the tool set.
Review 6 for OWC Data Doubler Optical Bay Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Solution for Mac Mini 2009.
Perfect fot for 2009 Mac Mini
PostedAugust 10, 2014
Data Doubler is custom made for the 2009 Mac Mini. Screw holes line up and overall frame mounts into old superdrive slot very well. Although the installation is listed as "advanced" I'd say a beginner with good mechanical skills could do the job. The included OWC installation booklet showed detailed images of installation.
Review 7 for OWC Data Doubler Optical Bay Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Solution for Mac Mini 2009.
PostedJanuary 4, 2014
I installed this data doubler with an SSD I had laying around. It was a breeze. The hardest part was getting the dang putty knife in the tiny crack to get the case off. I do recommend watching the installation video that OWC has posted. Unless you're a pro and do this stuff for a living, the walk through is quite helpful. My kit also came with a small tool set consisting of 4 screwdrivers (2 torx, 1 phillips, and 1 flat) and a pry tool. I didn't see this anywhere in the description, so I actually ordered the exact same set. No big deal though. Now I have spares, just in case. The screwdrivers are also lightly magnetized, which really helps out with these tiny screws.
Review 8 for OWC Data Doubler Optical Bay Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Solution for Mac Mini 2009.
Fits in iMac 2009 DVD Bay
PostedJanuary 5, 2013
I wanted to replace my DVD drive with an SSD to have a fusion drive in my 2009 iMac. This mount was a direct replacement for the DVD drive. Everything fit nicely inside the iMac. I had no problems with installation. Owc even included a toolkit with my purchase and all tools provided worked with the iMac. I was able to swap the drive by disconnecting two out of the 4 ca les hooded to the screen. Use needle nose pliers to get the temp sensor off the internal DVD drive and replace it on your ssd. Took only 25 minutes to do the swap thanks to this carrier. It is made out of metal and not plastic like other cheaper units. I used m4 SSD make sure you upgrade to latest firmware before trying to use drive for stable performance.
Pros: Quality, strong, drop in replacement, tool kit included
I would recommend this to a friend!
My product recommendations
128GB Crucial M4 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s 9.5mm SSD (MLC) 3 year Crucial Warranty
Review 10 for OWC Data Doubler Optical Bay Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Solution for Mac Mini 2009.
PostedApril 6, 2011
This product is the best way to expand your HD space in your mini. I used it for time machine. Installation was easy, if you know how to work inside your mini. If not check the videos here. Congratulations to OWC for this product.