5.25" bay to 4 x 2.5" HDD

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  1. bax2003, Jan 20, 2016
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    bax2003 macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V5JHOXQ?keywords=5.25 to 2.5&qid=1445795307&ref_=sr_1_102&sr=8-102

    As you can see, the thing is called Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B, and it is a great way to add more HDD/SSDs to your Mac Pro. You need this, 4 x SATA Controller, and 4 long 1m SATA cables.

    My Dock is connected to RAID controller from the link below and everything works as expected:
    http://www.amazon.com/IO-Crest-Controller-Components-SI-PEX40057/dp/B00AZ9T264

    Fan is quiet, there are 3 speed options or you can disconnect it like I did ( SSDs :) )

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  2. raymanster macrumors 6502

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    That's a really cool idea, I might do this on my 3,1.

    Thanks for sharing!
     
  3. scott.n macrumors 6502

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    Can you share some pictures showing how you've routed the SATA cables?
     
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  5. bax2003 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Controller is bootable in OS X and Windows. In OS X controller is recognized as Generic AHCI controller and as far as i know there is no Marvel util or web management for RAID. So in OS X disk are in JBOD or RAID 0/1.
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    This is only hardware trickery: short SATA power male to female adapter

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  6. scott.n, Jan 21, 2016
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    scott.n macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for sharing. This seems like a much better option than an Apricorn card or any other method of adding bootable SATA 3 drives.
     
  7. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    These are good cages. I use them since a few years when building MPs. Reliable ones.
    For more demanding users there's 8 bay one as well. Combine this with Areca or Atto card + 8 1TB SSDs and you'll get a pretty fast 4K editing array.
     
  8. ZombiePhysicist macrumors 6502

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    Wow, do you have a link to the 8 bay cage?
     
  9. blut haus, Jan 23, 2016
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    Extremely cool. Thanks for sharing. This will probably be an addition to my 4,1 server.
     
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