Mac mini 2,1 2007 - MiniPCIe SATA upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by schreiberstein, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. schreiberstein macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2013

    I am planning to enhance my old Mac mini by replacing its WiFi-Card (MiniPCIe Airport) with a SATA III controller card.
    (Example: )

    Apple Mac mini (Macmini2,1) from 2007
    Intel Core 2 Duo - 1.83 GHz
    Intel GMA 950
    2x2GB DDR2 Ram (Only 3GB are usable though. Chipset limitation.)
    128GB SanDisk SSD
    Mac OS X 10.8.5 (Using MLPostFactor, as the machine is not officially supported anymore)

    The MiniPCIe card:
    Delock MiniPCIe I/O PCIe full size (2x SATA III)
    It features an ASMedia 106x chipset, as far as I can see, which
    is known to be supported by Mac OS X out-of-the-box and is even bootable. :)

    I'd like to use the Mini as a server, mostly storage and some minor stuff, but FireWire 400 doesn't fit my needs regarding speed, as my aim is to run a RAID1 (mirrored drives) setup.
    50 MB/s of maximum throughput is obviously to low for that task. :(

    Hence it would be nice to get that little card into the Mini and route two high-speed (e)Sata cables to the outside, where it'll be interfaced by some kind of HDD-dock/enclosure.

    I am now looking for the perfect method to route the cables to the outside.
    I've only seen people who sawed holes into their Minis, but I don't want to modify it physically.
    Removing the internal PATA-SuperDrive, which stopped working anyway, is what I am thinking of.
    The SATA->eSATA cables would lead through the CD-slit at the front.
    While the cable itself would fit between this thin slit, the plug doesn't. :(
    Not even the thin eSATA ones.

    I am now looking for special types of SATA-data-cables, which are possible to be fitted through the small CD-slit.
    Something like dividable cables, whose smaller connector fit through the slit.
    Or cables with interconnects like this:
    SATA cables with removable plugs would work, too.
    But I haven't seen such things yet :(

    Do you have an idea and/or product suggestion?
    I would be really happy to solve this and get the Mini up-and-running. :)

    Thank you in advance & Best regards
    schreiberstein :apple:
  2. Sebinouse macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2013
    This is a very good idea !

    Keep us posted when everything works properly ! For my par I use a Boardcom CRISTALHD instead of the wifi card to boost Bluray/FullHD decoding …

    I googled "thin sata cable" and here is what I found : especially Item CAB-22 : "5 of these cables bundled together = same thickness as 1 normal SATA flat cable
    Server Grade Quality. Much better than normal SATA cables"
  3. schreiberstein thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2013
    Thank you very much for replying my post.
    I think I won't do the modification and instead get a small PC to use as homeserver.
    The reason is, that I'd like to use three to four harddrives :-/
    I have some spare parts to build myself a small homeserver.
    (Intel Core 2 Quad, 4GB Ram, 3TB and 2TB drive), too.
    Even the smallest SATA-cables are still to huge to fit through the CD-slit.
    It's not just the cable, it's the plugs :-(
    But I'm uncertain about this whole homeserver-stuff.
    Energy consumption and silence is important to me, hence the Mac Mini would be suitable, but... I'm uncertain.

    Best regards & happy christmas in advance

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