Apple 2.5"-->3.5" adapter for Mac Pro

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  1. akadmon macrumors 68020

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    On the odd/fat chance that someone out there has configured a BTO Mac Pro with an SSD, what kind of bracket/adapter does Apple use? The IcyDock I had been using in my old MP is giving me problems in the 2012 Hex (I keep having to reseat it). Can these things be bought separately from Apple? I've searched the online store and there is nothing listed. BTW, I already have another SSD in the ODD bay.
     
  2. iMarc845 macrumors member

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    Third-party Solution

    As with many things Apple, there is a third-party solution to items that Apple themselves won't provide.

    I installed a 2.5" SSD in my 12-core Mac Pro using a bracket from OWC (I also bought the drive from them.)

    The bracket for 2009 - current Mac Pro models is at:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MMP35T25/

    They have a different version for older Mac Pros.

    Good luck with it! I love having the SSD and three HDDs in the unit.
     
  3. akadmon thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for replying. I actually bought this a few minutes before you posted :). Still curious about Apple's "official" solution.
     
  4. slughead macrumors 68040

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    For anyone else looking, there are many options available for much less money at NewEgg. Most of those are cross-compatible with ALL versions of the mac pro, as opposed to the OWC solution which only works with 1 model.
     
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  6. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    Did you have any problems with the locking mechanism? I've read where some people were having problems with these locking? Also is it anodized or painted aluminum? I was looking to buy 2 of them.
     
  7. iMarc845 macrumors member

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    To OrangeSVTguy:
    Presuming you mean the mechanism to lock the side panel back on the Mac Pro, I had no trouble at all with the locking. I attached the SSD, slid the unit in and closed the side panel with no issues.

    I'm trying to recall if the sled was anodized or painted. At the moment, I cannot remember. I'll take a look at it soon and get back to you.


    To slughead:
    When it comes to something like this, I'd rather spend the $20 at OWC and be confident that I have the exact part which will work right the first time. I buy many things at Newegg but not something this Mac-specific.

    Also, I don't know why you say the OWC unit only works with one model of Mac Pro; The one to which I linked connects the last couple of Mac Pro models. And as I mentioned, they have another solution for the earlier Mac Pros.
     
  8. akadmon thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Wow, $80 for these - that's 4 times what OWC charges :eek:Granted Apple's sleds are sturdier and feature what looks like heat sinks, but then again, SSDs are't exactly known for generating a lot of heat. Seems like overkill.
     
  9. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Welovemacs aren't exactly the best source to judging pricing off, go look at some of their other part pricing and you'll see what I mean. As an example they charge $340 for a Radeon 5770 and $550 for a 5870 which are $250 and $450 from Apple.

    They are $34 here http://www.applecomponents.com/item...-carrier/0000004966?pn=1&cmp=0174&per_page=30

    $40 here http://www.macpartsonline.com/922-9629-ssd-carrier-adapter-mac-pro-mid-2010-a1289.html
     
  10. lloyd709 macrumors 6502

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    check this out

    if you don't know this already, you can just use a spare SATA port on your motherboard and have the drive sitting in your optical bay without a housing keeping your other bay's free for disks that need the support:

    http://echeng.com/journal/2010/08/30/5th-and-6th-sata-drives-in-mac-pro-mid-2010/

    My mate has done this on his hex and I've done it with a 1,1 mac pro that had two spare SATA ports (I have two SSD's sitting in my spare optical bay area!)

    Best
     
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    As did I. What did you Velcro it to?
     
  13. Apple Corps macrumors 68030

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    To slughead:
    When it comes to something like this, I'd rather spend the $20 at OWC and be confident that I have the exact part which will work right the first time. I buy many things at Newegg but not something this Mac-specific.

    Also, I don't know why you say the OWC unit only works with one model of Mac Pro; The one to which I linked connects the last couple of Mac Pro models. And as I mentioned, they have another solution for the earlier Mac Pros.[/QUOTE]

    My experience would NOT support having confidence that OWC has the "...exact part which will work right the first time." - not by a long shot.

    My Mp 4,1 went through several OWC ssd because of faulty firmware with the Sandforce controller - huge waste of time. Also a potential issue with their 3.5 - 2.5 drive sleds.

    I used to recommend OWC without reservation - not any longer.
     
  14. iMarc845 macrumors member

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    "ymmv"

    To Apple Corps:

    Note ==> I am in no way affiliated with OWC except as a long-time customer.

    Sorry to hear about your problem with the SSD firmware. Was that recent? I bought my SSD about four months ago and have not had an issue.

    Also, would you be more specific about the "... potential issue with their 3.5 - 2.5 drive sleds"? Mine has worked flawlessly in my dodeca-core. It slid right in and is flush with the Apple-provided drive sleds holding the three HDDs.

    Just for my own educational purposes, I'd like to know what issue you had with it.
     
  15. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    I'm not sure, it's black and plastic and right above drive bay 1..
     
  16. akadmon thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'm gonna order 2 :D
     
  18. Raineer macrumors member

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    I got one and it looks and fit great. Ordering two more (deciding between a tri-stripe or dual and give Win7 its own SSD). It is painted blue but the fit and dimensions are fine, they seem to match the Apple sled.
     
  19. ogs macrumors member

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    i ended up putting my ssd into the second opti bay, and velcroing it... if i ever need that space (who knows why) i could always remove it, and take the velcro off with a knife or something.
     
  20. mustang_dvs macrumors 6502a

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    I have 4 HDs, 2 DVD-RWs and and one SSD in my Mac Pro 1,1.

    Data is supplied from one of the spare SATAs, power from a Molex Y-to-SATA cable and the SSD is velcro'd to the label of the hard disk in bay #2.
     
  21. macmesser macrumors 6502a

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    This is part no. 922-9629 listed for 2010. Will it work for 2009?
     
  22. spacedesign911 macrumors regular

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    Not sure but I picked up one of these for €8 (about $10) from my local apple store, I did need to qoute my 2012 Mac Pro Serial number, and they ordered it in as a regular spare part, arrived overnight for yes, €8 euro!
     
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  24. slughead macrumors 68040

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    Holy crap why would anyone pay $80 for a glorified mounting bracket that nobody will ever see?
     

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