Extra SATA ports in New Mac Pro

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

  1. MrLatte23 macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2007
    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

    Jul 14, 2008
    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


    Jul 21, 2004
    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

    Mar 8, 2009
    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


    Feb 9, 2008
    Just about any external optical drive will work.
  6. funkahdafi macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2009
    Planet Earth, Old World
    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

    May 6, 2008
    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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