5th hard drive pros or cons

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by faumble, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. faumble macrumors regular

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    I am going to install a 5th hard drive on a mac pro, already have the other 4 slots occupied, but after reading some comments sounds like it might not be a good but still cant find out why, so wanted to make sure if it could be bad in someway to install a 5th hd on the free optical space?
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. NATO macrumors 68000

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    There's no problem installing a 5th Hard Drive, it will work perfectly with OS X, all you have to do is get a SATA connection from the spare SATA connector on the motherboard to the drive and get power to the drive (if it doesn't have a Molex power connection).

    The only problem that I came across is that Windows won't see the 5th drive for some reason, so you can't use that drive for Boot Camp.
     
  3. joegomolski macrumors 6502

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    What about an external enclosure?

    I have 4 sata drives installed internally in my MacPro, in external enclosures I have 4 more sata drives, connected to the MacPro by firewire 800.
     
  4. GotPro macrumors 6502

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    Firewire 800 is a beautiful thing! Take advantage of it.

    Also, a $22 part will give you 2 ESATA ports!
     
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    then pay another $40 for a external case, ~$200 (750gb)-$300 (1tb) for a HD and your set!
     
  6. faumble thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, will be going the esata route since firewire is kind of slow and the 5th hd might bring some trouble as I suspected, so if anyone has recommendations of esata port I would greatly appreciate it :) Thanks in advance.
    GotPro, could you please give me a link to the $22 esata port?
     
  7. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    The "$22" port just connects to the same extra sata ports on the board. It would be the same as installing the 5th drive.
     
  8. GotPro macrumors 6502

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    Sure!

    My bad, though... I was wrong about the price... it's $24.95 :p My Bad! :D

    Get It Here!
     
  9. faumble thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks GotPro!
    So now I am searching for recommendations for a pci esata card for the early 2008 mac pro, any recommendations? :) Thanks in advance.
     
  10. kittiyut macrumors regular

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    I second that. Actually, I use both spare SATA connectors. This is what I use:

    1. external SATA connector http://www.newertech.com/products/esata_cable.php
    2. miniG External SATA 2-drive solution http://www.transintl.com/store/category.cfm?Category=2599#top

    I put the original 320GB that came with the MP into that enclosure (use as a clone) and add another 1TB Seagate ES2 and use as TimeMachine backup

    Everything works well. But as NATO mentioned, Windows will NOT see the 2 connected drives. No solution yet so far. Worse yet, I also have the APPLE RAID card... so BOOTCAMP is out of the question for me :(
     
  11. mgsarch macrumors regular

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    kitty,

    i know you're very bitter about the Apple RAID card. i don't blame you in some ways. But boot camp is not out of the question. You can always remove 1 drive the from the array and use as the boot camp drive??

    What about reEFIt?
     
  12. faumble thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks, appreciate it, but I need windows to recognize the hd, so which esata card would you recommend me?
    Thanks in advance,
    -J
     

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