Lian Li SSD adapter for Optical Bay and Icydock pics

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Honumaui, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. Honumaui macrumors 6502a

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    put in some extra SSD inside the mac and ended up using the IcyDocks and a 5.25 adapter from Lian Li

    the icy dock is pretty cool setup

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    these little tabs help hold down the SSD
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    this little thing kinda flips but when the cover is on it pushes forward keeping the SSD in tight ! along with the sliding locks and the bumps from above its very secure in their !
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    complete and ready to slide in
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    to put two extra SSD up in the Optical bay this is what I decided to try
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811995034
    $9.99 from newegg
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    some reviews on NewEgg say it has pilot holes ? I think they dont understand they are screw holes ?
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    easy to screw the drives in
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    Plenty of space inbetween
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    SSD installed and ready to slide in
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    the only downside is the holes dont quite match up ?
    so one screw on each side since their is no rotation on these its plenty secure but would be better if it lined up
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    Installed in the optical sled
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    the other option drill a few holes and mount it back farther since their is so much room this is what I would do if I were going to have the other SATA stay on the optical drive ?
    the other thing it fits quite snug once you tighten back up the optical drive so its not going anywhere ? and again since no rotation of platters their is no movement

    update on the cable stretch issue :)

    I somehow was so simple minded to not think about turning the thing around :) and the screw holes still dont line up but it puts the connectors back more so no cable stretch :)

    DDOOOHHHHH was to excited when I first got it :) also I had run this just to test it out ? not final now that I got to final install today looked at it with both eyes open :)
     
  2. Honumaui thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    just to review the IcyDock is plastic but seems well made and thought out ? the holes line up perfect so it does the job for SSD in the drive sleds on the Mac Pro !


    the Lian Li ? for $9.99 its a nice clean way to mount them ? I did have them attached to my other HDD with these long velcro straps that worked well just thought it would be fun for $10 to see how this works ? quite clean and easy
     
  3. Executor macrumors member

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    Very nice write up. Quick question. How do you hook up your Optical drive if the 2 SSD are using the power and SATA ports?
     
  4. Honumaui thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    going to try this
    http://www.cooldrives.com/index.php/usdemivebrfs.html
    then bring the cable in from the back of the mac ? a big gheto but should work :)

    not sure what the power spec is on the extra video rail ? but thought of coming off that since I have one card ? have not looked into it that much yet ? but going to first :) not sure that will work though ?

    or I go outboard or I just keep the one up their and keep the other on SATA and keep the new mac :) a few more tests to do


    do not like extensions ? but saw one that jumped off to a molex and sata from a backplane design ? thought that might work cool then put a y adapter for power to the optical and use the usb thing above ?

    we have a few macs here so deciding on final configuration this coming week :)
     
  5. 2contagious macrumors 6502a

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    There are PCIe cards with internal USB 2.0 or firewire ports, you could try that?
     
  6. Honumaui thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    downside is my Areca and two other PM cards are in their already :)

    but good info for others to check out who are not full up in the PCI area :)

    I could get the firmtek 4 port external SATA that is suposed to be quite nice and replace the two cards ? I need 3 PM ports ?

    I wish their was a extra USB header on the MB ? not sure if their is :) but that would be good

    if this becomes mine ? then I will end up doing just the single up above and give the wife my 3,1 which has the two ports and the optical on IDE ?

    I have her setup with a raid 1/0 inside so that is why I was setting this one up for her :) just got done with a few tests and LR :) and got to say impressed by how much quicker it was over my 3,1 for moving from image to image and having the white sliders come into view :) so it might be mine :) in that case I will have one SSD up above and two below with a couple extra HDD for the OS clone ?
     
  7. steffi macrumors 6502a

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    IcyDock has a newer product that I'm using which is made of metal.

    Also don't use their dual drive RAID product as it right doesn't support SSDs in RAID 0/BIG modes and the screw holes don't fit the Mac Pro HDD's sled screws.

     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I have the OWC mounts they work and if you're creative with cable ties you can put 3 SSDs into one of the 5.25" adapters.

    Just a thought as an alternative.
     
  9. steffi macrumors 6502a

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    Pictures please ;-)

    i've got 3 SSDs that aren't in my machine right now. one hanging in the optical bay and two sleds open.
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Anyways, they are currently not mounted this way (in my computer, so I cannot show pictures of it mounted); nonetheless this does fit in the optical bay slot.
     
  11. steffi, Nov 27, 2010
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    steffi macrumors 6502a

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    So that benefits from one SATA connector in the Optical bay and you use the other from where?

    If I have a mid-2010 Mac Pro which of their OWC mounts can I use with 2 SSD drives in the second optical bay? It's a little confusing on their site as they have so many mounts and brackets. I'm looking for a $39.99 solution that will work with my machine.

    I'd probably use the port that's currently used by the Superdrive drive as it's seldomly used.
     
  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I have a hardware RAID card, a requisite if you need more than the available SATA ports. Power is supplied by the use of splitters.
     
  13. highdefw macrumors 6502

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    Can you please list that RAID card?
     
  14. sgginc macrumors member

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    Is that middle drive secured with tie straps?

    Is that middle drive secured with tie straps?

    That bracket only has holes for two 2.5” drives.

    Thanks ... Ken
     

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