What is the highest capacity hard drive model that would fit and work reliably in the optical bay of a 15" late 2011 MacBook Pro (MacBookPro8,2)?

As far as I can tell, the issues at play are physical dimensions and the well-documented SATA III compatibility issues with this generation of MacBooks.

I purchased a HN-M101MBB/ST1000LM024 but, contrary to its data sheet, the drive turned out to be SATA III (6 Gb/s) rather than SATA II (3 Gb/s), and did not work reliably.

Which brings me to the question: which 1TB+ HDD models can I expect to work?

  • Is there a question here since you already know the answer? 3Gb/sec is maxed out by EFI. – Ruskes Jan 7 '15 at 19:00
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    @Buscar웃: The question is stated in the very first sentence: What is the highest capacity HDD model that would (i.e. is known to) work? A suitable answer would be "1TB Seagate model ABC" or "1.5TB HGST model XYZ" etc. – NPE Jan 7 '15 at 19:00

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