Mac mini double esata hack

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by philipma1957, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. philipma1957 macrumors 603

    philipma1957

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    I have built a double esata hack mac mini from a 2.53ghz 2009 mac mini. here are two shots of it finished front and back.

    Now it is finished for testing and work. But not for prettiness. I hope to redesign it for looks and will post more soon. It has 2 1.5tb wd cavair blacks inside of sans digital towerstor units. both drives are seen as internal hdds. i can clone from a to b at about 140mb/s drifting down to 110mb/s near the end of the hdd's. These esata hacks are low cost and you can bring the mini back to stock if you choose to do so. I have a lot of photos and links to post. I have two of these. Both are late 2009 models both are double esata hacks. one is a 2.53ghz and one is a 2.66ghz. when all is said and done I would hope to show how to do this with a 2.53ghz 2009 server model and a 2.66ghz 2009 factory upgraded model. The 2009 2.53ghz and 2009 2.66ghz both work really well I have used them as double esata hacks for months. The one below is the lower cost single bay hdds with a basic dvd player. I hope to show this with a pair of two bay hdds and a higher end dvd player already built and tested. Finally with a rosewill 8bay case.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816132016&Tpk=rosewill 8 bay

    I have the parts have not built it yet. I am using this with my new mac pro.
     

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    TO MODERATORS I know I am replying to myself but I wanted to show a lot of photos on this build photo shows two esata cables connected to the top and bottom slots of a 2009 mac mini a 2.66ghz model i needed an adapter caddy to do it correctly. since this was on a 1 drive 2009 mac mini not the server the adapter tray/caddy was needed. the reason you need the tray is the sata connection to the inside dvd is not a standard size 2.5/3.5 sata conntection. the tray makes it fit standard sata plugs. I also used a small male male adapter to hooke the esata cable to the inside for the mini. since i did this i found better parts to do a cleaner job. they are on order. I found a good price for the adapter tray if you don't have a 2009 sever you will need the tray. I found a 1 piece cable that allows for a much nice mount to the mini. if any one want links just reply to this post.
     

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  3. mooonte macrumors newbie

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    is it possible to make something like this in a macbook late 2007?

    i was thinking in removing the dvd drive (since i never use it), and to find a way to fit the port in the dvd slot. (http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.9281)

    but the problem is to know if the esata will work with a 2007 sata controller. will it be AHCI enabled?
    where did you buy this bay adapter?

    thanks
     
  4. philipma1957 thread starter macrumors 603

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  5. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

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    I have a 2010 model and wondered if I could run 1 sata from the optical drive out to hook up a 2TB drive. Is this possible? Don't care what it looks like. Figure run it out the front slot were the cd would go. Let me know what I need to do this. Tnks
     
  6. mooonte macrumors newbie

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    i'm not sure right now, but i think it is an A1181, and the super drive uses a mini sata connection

    considering that it is a sata, will it be hot pluggeable, or ill need to restart it all the time i connect an external drive?
     
  7. mooonte macrumors newbie

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    just confirming, it is an A1181.

    where did you find the male-male adapter?
     
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  9. mooonte macrumors newbie

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    i was looking for the difference between sata and micro sata, and all i found is that only the power connector is different

    what is the difference for the sata connector? is it thinner?

    because both are 7-pin, maybe its possible to make this without the tray
     
  10. billib macrumors member

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    Data SATA cable

    I've done a similar hack to Philip's. I didn't use a tray
    just the Data SATA cable. You can do it without the tray its just
    not as clean. I attached the SATA cable with small zip ties. Can't
    help you with the micro SATA. I just used the 7-pin SATA cable.
     
  11. Docholiday52 macrumors newbie

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    Source of "better parts" ? Thanks.

    I would appreciate the links to the "better parts"
    Doc
     
  12. philipma1957, Apr 27, 2012
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    philipma1957 thread starter macrumors 603

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    old post but I will see what I can do. I sent you a contact email.
     

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