MCE OptiBay for Unibody MacBook Pro 13", 15" and 17" and Unibody MacBook 13"

MCE OptiBay for Unibody MacBook Pro 13", 15" and 17" and Unibody MacBook 13"

MCE OptiBay for Unibody MacBook Pro 13", 15" and 17" and Unibody MacBook 13"


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Add a 2nd internal hard drive or SSD to your unibody MacBook Pro or unibody MacBook with the MCE OptiBay®. The MCE OptiBay replaces the internal SuperDrive (DVD drive) of your MacBook Pro 13", 15" or 17" Unibody or MacBook 13" Unibody with a high performance SATA hard drive or SSD providing up to 2TB of additional internal data storage!


The MCE OptiBay is a precision-crafted enclosure which houses a high performance 2.5" SATA Hard Drive or SSD and directly replaces the SuperDrive (DVD Drive) in your machine. It is designed to the exact same physical specifications and screw hole locations as the original internal SuperDrive it is replacing. This allows it to be installed precisely in the same location as the SuperDrive and to be fastened properly to your MacBook Pro or MacBook using the same screws and mounting holes used by the original SuperDrive. The OptiBay, unlike other poorly-designed or cost-cutting solutions whose designs are quite unlike the original SuperDrive and may dangerously deviate the circulation of air inside the MacBook Pro from its originally intended path over critical components, maintains the same air-flow profile and characteristics inside the machine due to its size and shape being identical to the original SuperDrive it replaces.


  • Available by itself for use with your own or with pre-installed high performance Hard Drive up to 2TB... or with even higher performance SSD (Solid State Drive)
  • Bootable
  • Compatible with all Mac OS (Including High Sierra, Mac OS 10.13) and Windows operating systems.
  • S.M.A.R.T. Status Compliant
  • Maintains internal air current profile to original specifications and cooling efficiency of internal ventilation system
  • Easy to setup using Apple's Disk Utility program
  • Can be set up as a single volume, partitioned, or made part of a RAID array
  • Optional External USB 2.0 SuperDrive compatible with iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, iTunes, iPhoto, and Finder Burning
  • 2LIFETIME WARRANTY on OptiBay Enclosure. Three-year warranty on hard drive or SSD.

Optical Drive Options

In order to maintain functionality of your SuperDrive, we are offering our new MCE USB 2.0 Enclosure for Unibody SuperDrive for just $20.00 with the purchase of an OptiBay! Easily install your Unibody SuperDrive into our ultra-slim, ultra-portable, specially designed USB 2.0 Enclosure and use with iTunes, iDVD, Finder Burning, etc. just as you did before! The enclosure is completely portable and powers from your USB ports and installing your Unibody SuperDrive into it is a breeze! You can also choose to include our ready-made Portable 8x USB 2.0 Double-Layer SuperDrive with your OptiBay Hard Drive. This slim external SuperDrive provides you with a bootable, portable, bus-powered drive that is just as compatible with iTunes, iDVD and Finder Burning as before.1 You can use it to load system software, install applications, as well as play and burn DVD's and CD's. Use the drive only when YOU need it... and put it away when you don't!

You can also choose the MCE Desktop 24x DVD-/+R/RW USB 2.0 / eSATA "SuperDrive" if you would like the convenience of a higher-speed double-layer CD/DVD reader/writer at your disposal in a more stationary desktop form factor.

1MCE OptiBay Utility Software
Included with every OptiBay is the MCE OptiBay Utlity program. This is software we created specifically for OptiBay users and allows them greater flexibility when using their, now external, SuperDrive (DVD Drive) that was removed when installing the OptiBay, or any other external DVD Drive. The MCE OptiBay Utility program activates the Apple DVD Player application so that it can now play movie DVDs from an external SuperDrive when there is no internal SuperDrive in the system. As well, if you ever reinstall your SuperDrive back into your machine our OptiBay Utility program will allow the Apple DVD Player application to again play movie DVDs from the internal SuperDrive. The OptiBay utility program is compatible with Mac OS 10.4 through the recently released Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra). It also provides other functionality when using the OptiBay and this is fully detailed in the program and accompanying Read Me file.


MCE OptiBay® for Unibody Compatibility Guide*
*The MCE OptiBay for Unibody is compatible with all unibody MacBook Pros and unibody MacBooks (except the MacBook Pro with Retina display). Use this guide to compare the Model Identifier of your machine with those listed below.

Finding your Mac's Model Identifier is easy: Simply hold down the Option key on your keyboard and click on the Apple icon at the upper left of your screen. Now select the first item there which will be either "System Information..." (Mac OS 10.7 - 10.13) or "System Profiler..." (Mac OS 10.6 or earlier). The next window that appears will display your Model Identifier near the top.

If your MacBook Pro or MacBook has one of the Model Identifiers listed below then it is fully compatible with the MCE OptiBay for Unibody on this page.**

**If you have an early or late 2011 MacBook Pro, MacBookPro 8,1, MacBookPro 8,2, or MacBookPro8,3 and you are considering installing a SATA-III (6 Gigabit, 6 Gbps) device (SSD, Hybrid Drive, or Hard Drive) in the optical bay, using the OptiBay then please see our new OptiBay Extreme.
MacBookPro6,1 MacBookPro7,1 MacBookPro8,1** MacBookPro9,1
MacBookPro6,2 MacBookPro8,2** MacBookPro9,2

MacBook6,1 MacBook7,1


What you get:

  • MCE OptiBay Drive with Hard Drive or SSD Installed or bare MCE OptiBay for use with your own 2.5" SATA Hard Drive or Solid State Drive
  • Installation and User's Guide
  • Installation Toolkit (Everything you will need to properly install the OptiBay in your system.)
  • MCE OptiBay Utility Software - Allows you to continue to use Apple DVD Player app to playback commercial DVD movies from the external USB SuperDrive.
  • Toll-Free Technical Support
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Lifetime Warranty on OptiBay enclosure


Leo Laporte on his OptiBay:
"It's been flawless."

Mac Break Weekly Show, Leo Laporte and Friends, #156
and Daily Giz Wiz Show #917.

"4 out of 5 Stars!"

"Highly Recommended!"


You may install this upgrade yourself (an installation guide and the proper tools are included with the drive) or, if you are not comfortable with working on your laptop, you may have the product professionally installed into your computer by MCE Technologies or one of our worldwide Authorized Upgrade Centers.

If you would like MCE to install the upgrade for you, we offer the following two options:

  • With the Supreme OptiBay Installation Service ($99), MCE will overnight you a shipping package and overnight return shipping label that you may use to send your computer to the MCE Service Center for upgrade. Once MCE has performed the upgrade(s), usually within 1-3 business days, MCE will ship the computer back to you according to the shipping option selected at the time the order was placed.
  • With the Standard OptiBay Installation Service ($49), once you order the MCE upgrade online here, you make arrangements to ship your computer to the MCE Service Center at the address shown below using packaging that you supply. It's suggested that you use the computer's original packaging, or comparably protective packaging. Once MCE has performed the upgrade(s), usually within 1-3 business days, MCE will ship the computer back to you according to the shipping option selected at the time the order was placed using the same packaging in which we received the computer.
Please note that shipping times are in reference to business days (weekend days are not included in these times). The $99 Supreme OptiBay Upgrade Service is available only to customers with a Ship To address located in the continental 48 United Sates.

If it is more convenient, you may also purchase this upgrade from and have it installed by an MCE Authorized Upgrade Center which will also generally charge a service fee, but may allow you to be without your computer for a shorter time since they can usually perform the upgrade for you while you wait. Call them for details.

The procedure to follow if you choose to have MCE perform the installation:

  1. Select from the options above and place your order with us here online, or by calling 800-500-0622. International customers, please call 909-599-3105.
  2. As with any major upgrade to your computer, it is wise to back up any important data from your computer's internal hard drive before having the upgrade performed on the computer.
  3. If applicable, disable any password protection that is enabled on your computer.
  4. If you are running Mac OS X, write down the username and password if necessary for login and include this in the package you send.
  5. Pack up your computer. Include the battery installed in the computer, but not the AC adapter. Also include username and password info if necessary for logging in to the computer. Suitable packaging consists of either the computer's original box and padding or a comparably protective package. Do not send the computer in any of the slim boxes that many of the major shipping companies offer, as these do not provide sufficient protection for your laptop. If you no longer have the original box, FedEx sells a laptop-shipping package, specifically designed for shipping laptop computers, at any of their staffed locations.
  6. Send the computer to the address below. If you've selected the Standard Installation Service, you may send the unit to MCE by the courier of your choice. We do recommend using a courier service with which you can insure and track the progress of the shipment.
MCE Technologies
433 W Allen Ave, Ste. 112
San Dimas, CA 91773
attn: (your order number)

MCE telephone: (626) 387-9748