Extra SATA ports in New Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MrLatte23, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. MrLatte23 macrumors regular

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    Anyone know if the new Mac Pro will have the two spare SATA ports that were in previous models? My NewerTech extender cable was a great addition for adding two eSATA HD's.
     
  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    In the 2009s those were run up to the optical drive caddy, no reason to think the 2010s will be any different. On the plus side, it makes it a lot easier to toss an SSD up there.
     
  3. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    I would assume it's just two extra ports on the board, one of which is already used by the stock optical drive.
     
  4. sboerup macrumors 6502

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    Anyone know of an external case for the superdrive? Having that 6th sata port is a little more important to me than always having a optical drive in the machine. Anything firewire/USB?
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Just about any external optical drive will work.
     
  6. funkahdafi macrumors 6502

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    Depends. If you need to boot anything other than Mac OS X (and maybe Linux, I am not sure) from CD/DVD, you are out of luck with an external USB/FW drive.

    eSATA is what I would do.
     
  7. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    USB should work as an All Purpose port (Windows will still boot from USB, as does Linux). :) eSATA or FW however, No. :(
     

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