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BrianBaughn

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Feb 13, 2011
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Looks like my Hackintosh is dead so a Mac Studio is likely in my future.

I've got several SATA SSDs I'll be pulling from the case. What's the best option to get these connected externally to the new Mac? Aesthetics are not that important.
 

ColdCase

macrumors 68040
Feb 10, 2008
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The best option is a JBod Thunderbolt 3 or 4 enclosure with more slots than you have drives. The OWC flex 8 is a nice option.

If you don't care about speed, put them in a bunch of USBC enclosures, connect then to a USB hub(s) and then the Studio. If you intend to buy a studio display, that may provide extra ports.
 

BrianBaughn

macrumors G3
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Feb 13, 2011
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Baltimore, Maryland
Thanks for the suggestions!

I'm mapping this out and I think I can get by with a couple of new 3.5" HD enclosures and two USB-C to SATA 2.5" connectors or enclosures.
 

whodiini

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Aug 16, 2021
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I have been using this one a very long time.


There is a similar one available that is available

Highly recommended. Been using since 2018, no issues until I tried to firmware flash it and bricked it. If you buy it with the current firmware, it has trim and UASP.
 

sparkie7

macrumors 68020
Oct 17, 2008
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Is there an enclosure that holds SSD's as well as HDD's?

Or can I hook up my Mac Pro and use it like a server?
 

ColdCase

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Most 3.5 drive enclosures include mounting holes for smaller drives, should be in the enclosure specs. Otherwise there are adapters that you mount the small drives in that are compatible with 3.5 inch bays.
 

dimme

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Feb 14, 2007
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I have one of these holding 4 SSD's, very good product.
 

handheldgames

macrumors 68000
Apr 4, 2009
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I have one of these holding 4 SSD's, very good product.
Yes - the Thunderbay 4 mini is geared towards SATAIII SSD's. Thanks for pointing it out.

As for the OP... You can search on amazon for an 8 bay jobd 2.5. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=8+bay+jb...&sprefix=8+bay+jbod+2.5,aps,96&ref=nb_sb_noss

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dimme

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Feb 14, 2007
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I found the M1 Mac to be very finicky when it comes to multi-bay 3.1 usb cases. For example I have a OWC 2 bay USB3.1 JOBO enclosure that works great on a intel Mac mini. If hooked up to a m1 mini the disk will dismount in a few hours. Search this site and you will see others with similar issues. There are also issues with som multi-bay USB c cases. What ever you try beside to check the return policy.
 

ColdCase

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Feb 10, 2008
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Thunderbay 4 chipsets are geared towards Hard Disk Drives. While SSD's can work as an option, performance will be much less than desired. FWIW, variants of the JMB585 seem to offer some of the best performance for SATA III SATAs.
I don't think the OP was concerned about performance.
 

DRDR

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Jul 23, 2008
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I am using eSATA enclosures with a Caldigit TB3 docking statiion with two eSATA ports.
 

BrianBaughn

macrumors G3
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Feb 13, 2011
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Baltimore, Maryland
I ended up with only two external 2.5" SSDs being necessary and I connected them with these for $15 each:


Unfortunately, I have a stack of five 3.5" HDs in USB housings that are also connected…three on all the time. To get all this off my desk and out of sight I got this for $20 and put it where the old hackintosh tower was:

 
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