Downsides of housing SSD in 2nd Optical bay?

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  1. steffi macrumors 6502a

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    What if any are the downsides of using the 2nd Optical bay to house an SSD?

    Is the SATA port independent like the 4 drive bays in terms of the bandwidth available to the port?
     
  2. hayduke macrumors 65816

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    I believe that is correct. I have dual velociraptors set up in there in a Mac Pro and they are quick!
     
  3. dknightd macrumors 6502

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    it will slow down optical to optical copies.
     
  4. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    ^ If you put SSD in 2nd optical bay, no space will left for second optical drive and there will be nothing to slow down :) And if you meant copies with saving disc image on HDD/SSD, it should be no slow down too. SATA contoller limits bandwith per device.
     
  5. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Who does that? Its actually faster to clone the disc to the HD and copy it from there.
     
  6. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    Eh?

    It's a full SATA2 connection, no sharing, no performance drop. Just 100% performance like the 4 drive bays...
     
  7. steffi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think he means that if i only have one optical drive because I'm using the second port for sad that copying DVDs will be slower because I'll only have one drive

    Ie it's a smart arse comment?

     
  8. lloyd709 macrumors 6502

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    It works perfectly for me with my main OSX boot drive but I've noticed that I can't run my windows boot drive within the optical bay. I think this is because windows sort of attaches itself to the hardware for security reasons and doesn't recognise the optical SATA connections (so there is a difference but it doesn't seem to make a difference for OSX).
     
  9. dknightd macrumors 6502

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    guilty - sorry
     
  10. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Which MP model do you have?

    I ask, as the 2008 systems will not boot Windows disks off of the ODD_SATA ports that are in that system. Windows will only from the 4x HDD bays in those systems (or if you go with an external solution such as a USB drive enclosure or an eSATA card running BIOS).
     
  11. lloyd709 macrumors 6502

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    2006 1,1 model
     
  12. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Hmm.... I've been told that the ODD_SATA ports would boot a Windows disk in both an 06 and 07 system (you can search for it in MR, but it's in here somewhere). :confused:
     

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