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Is it possible to install a cd/dvd/burner/player with a ssd?


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I just bought a used macbook pro 17" that someone took out the superdrive and installed a 250G SSD. I like the option of burning or playing a cd or dvd and don't want to get an external drive unless I have to. Is it possible to install a cd/dvd/burner/player with a ssd?
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Yes, you can reinstall the superdrive. You would then have to remove the SSD and swap for the original HDD. This would only leave you a 250GB SSD boot drive. To compensate you could replace that with a larger SSD, such as from the Crucial M500 range, either a 480GB or 960GB SSD. Lots of additional expense. Alternatively, use a compact external DVD writer when you need to burn a CD/DVD. You can't have internally the original HDD, the SSD and a superdrive.

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Yes, you can reinstall the superdrive. You would then have to remove the SSD and swap for the original HDD. This would only leave you a 250GB SSD boot drive. To compensate you could replace that with a larger SSD, such as from the Crucial M500 range, either a 480GB or 960GB SSD. Lots of additional expense. Alternatively, use a compact external DVD writer when you need to burn a CD/DVD. You can't have internally the original HDD, the SSD and a superdrive.
What about just the SSD and a superdrive internally?
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What techiesteve is saying is that you can't have the SSD, DVD, and hard drive all installed internally. You can have two of the three installed. You can have the SSD and DVD installed but may find the 250 GB of space a bit limited.

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Alright. Thanks to you guys that replied. You've been a big help. I'm not a techie, so any guidance is greatly appreciated. Any cost effective DVD/CD burners that will fit internally in my macbook pro 17" 2011 that anyone can suggest?
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Probably need to pick up the phone and call OWC to see if they have anything that will fit in the unibody model.

A good external will likely be half the price of any internal you can find.
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Will do and I will consider your advice. Thanks.
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