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santellavision
Adding 5th SATA Drive
on Feb 2, 2007 at 5:00:09 pm

How can you mount a 5th drive in a MacPro? I checked and there are cables in the 2nd optical drive bay, but they aren't the same connnections as in the 2,3,4th SATA drive bays?

Ernie Santella
Santella Film/Video Productions
http://www.santellaproductions.com


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Jeff Carpenter
Re: Adding 5th SATA Drive
on Feb 2, 2007 at 6:39:27 pm

The optical drives don't run off a SATA connection.

There are usually companies out there that invent ways to cram more drives and connectors into the towers, but I suggest getting a SATA PCI card and an external SATA drive. Much easier and probably works better than puttnig even more heat-producing drives in your computer.

There are many options but G-Tech is one I know of:

http://www.g-technology.com/products/G-SATA.cfm


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santellavision
Re: Adding 5th SATA Drive
on Feb 2, 2007 at 7:01:25 pm

Thanks for the info. I've read about guys doing this, but wasn't sure how they did it? I guess you could always use a SATA card with internal connectors.

Yes, I already have a 5 drive SATA external RAID, but wanted to install another internal 4 drive RAID too.

Ernie Santella
Santella Film/Video Productions
http://www.santellaproductions.com


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Jeff Carpenter
Re: Adding 5th SATA Drive
on Feb 2, 2007 at 9:20:00 pm

I think the card with an internal connection is how they do it.

I've seen sites that sell mounts and braces for holding them into the case, but all I've seen is for the G5 tower. I haven't seen any for the MacPro yet, but I'm sure they're out there if you look long enough!


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