(5th Hard Drive in Optical Bay) Where to get adapter 5.25-3.5"

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by phildog33, May 18, 2008.

  1. phildog33 macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2006
    Hey guys,

    I was able to manuveur a new sata cable under the fan assembly and connect it the mac pro ON Board Sata connector

    Im close to installing a new Hitachi 1tb drive in the optical bay, using the molex power connector there, and my new sata dongle connector.

    Question: Where do I get that adapter for 5.25" to 3.5" for the hard drive to mount in the optical bay???

    Ive been googling for 1 hour and I found

    1. Noiseblocker NB X-Swing $25 -- Hard to find anywhere in USA to buy it
    2. TransItnernational Pro Caddy -- $39 -- and No noise dampening.. just big cage
    3. The metal rails that come with many ex hard drives.. 5.25" to 3.5" standard brackets... $9.. looks like this causes the most noise problems

    Can you guys recommend which one/where to get my last ingredient for the 5th drive install in the mac pro optical bay

  2. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020


    Jul 21, 2004
    I just used those cheapo metal bracket things I found in my bin of parts. Works and quiet.
  3. JeffDM macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2006
    The drive isn't that loud, is it? I didn't have a Hitachi in the 2nd optical bay, it was a Seagate, but I didn't use anything special either. Just a standard PC hard drive mounting bracket.

    The TransIntl bracket is mainly for the IDE drives, so the drive is positioned where it can connect to the cable the easiest. It looks like it is well-made, but for SATA drives, not necessarily any more useful than a standard cheapie metal bracket.
  4. phildog33 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2006
  5. JeffDM macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2006
    I think you'll probably do OK. None of the other drives in a Mac Pro are specially shock mounted, I don't see why the 5th hard drive needs to be.
  6. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
  7. JeffDM macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2006
    I think they're all valid options, depending on what you want. If you want to use a SATA drive, it's an alternative to having to jigger out two shell pieces, remove the front fan assembly, connect and route a SATA cable and reassembling it. And then undoing it all to remove the cable if you want to bring the Mac Pro in for warranty service, it's probably not good to leave them with the impression that you've done that significant of a disassembly of the computer. If it's just a media drive like I did, the added performance of native SATA really doesn't matter.
  8. krye macrumors 68000


    Aug 21, 2007
    Hey if something's worth doing, it's worth overdoing!
  9. jazz1 macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2002
    Mid-West USA
    Would running the SATA through PATA be slower? Could I boot off of it? I've got a spare Raptor 150 and don't use it due to its size.
  10. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    The post was sarcastic. :eek: :p

    But Yes, SATA to PATA would be slower. :eek: You can boot from either interface. :)

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