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I have a 3rd-party drive adapter which allows me to put a 2nd hard drive in the optical drive bay of a 2008 MacBook Pro. I'm looking at getting a 2010 Unibody MacBook Pro; is this adapter likely to be compatible, or will I have to buy a new one?

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Well which 3rd-party drive adapter are you using? – timbooo May 10 '11 at 8:56
Alas, I don't actually remember. :( The iFixit model has separate models for Unibody and pre-Unibody, while the MCE Optibay does not. However, I'm also not seeing any reason why iFixit would have separate models, as far as I can tell it's the same protocols and form factor. – Luke Dennis May 10 '11 at 17:23
w/o you bay model, it is hard to answer... got the MCE one in a 2009 MBP (unibody) that fits perfectly. You could just try! read that some people was even doing it without an adapter, just using tricks to fix hdd... that could be a temporary solution until you get a new one if your doesn't work. – Vincent May 10 '11 at 22:57
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I just got the new MacBook, and it turns that the optical drive uses a different type of connector, so alas, the old bay adapter is not compatible.

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the old one is likely atapi, the new one is likely sata... – Journeyman Geek May 13 '11 at 14:06

According to this iFixit guide (I hope i have the guide for your model) the following product is necessary: 9.5 mm SATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

And the product information says:

This product works in:
All Unibody MacBooks and Unibody MacBook Pros

So you should be good to go ;)

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He mentions pre-unibody, i.e. his adapter is not designed for Unibody enclosures. Your answer doesn't make any sense at all to me... – Daniel Beck May 13 '11 at 14:01

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