Mac Pro Firewire Ports

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by capoeiraguri, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. capoeiraguri macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2007
    The Mac Pro only has 2 400 and 2 800 ports. and I was wondering if there was a way to get more, or split them. I have a lot of externals and an isight, etc.

    Or maybe a solution is daisy-chaining harddrives, does anyone know anything about this, or how to do it.. I'm afraid to experiment with my data.

    Thanks a bunch.
  2. filman408 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    Um... PCI Express card
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  4. kgarner macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    Daisy chaining works fine. I had 2 drives hooked up to my Mini via daisy chaining before upgrading to the Mac Pro (now I have 1 drive on each) and it worked fine. I even would hook up the DV Camcorder to the end of the daisy chain when I needed to capture some video and it worked fine too.
  5. rockinrocker macrumors 65816


    Aug 21, 2006
    just make sure you don't daisy chain to much stuff that's bus powered.
  6. treehorn macrumors 6502


    Aug 21, 2007
    I'd advise getting a PCI card.

    But before you buy anything, do some reading on each of your peripherals to make sure there are no hidden surprises (I have a Firebox, for instance, and it turns out that A) it doesn't work with USB/Firewire card combos and B) doesn't work with a certain chip...of course I initially bought a card that broke both of those 'rules')

    With hard drives there's no problems (that I've ever encountered or heard about at least) but it wouldn't hurt to read requirements/warnings on odd peripherals (like audio or video equipment)
  7. supercooled macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2007

    It gives you the impression that Apple is abandoning the Firewire standard the way they're treating it. Isn't FW800 backwards compatible? Why even include FW400 anymore.

    Are generic PCI-e SATA expansion cards compatible or do I need some fancy one with special drivers?
  8. offshoresa65s macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2008

    I have a new MACPRO 2.8 GHZ machine.

    I've always used an extra PCI Firewire card in my old G4 Mac. Helped to capture video to ext Firewire drives as Mac's can't / don't deal with two devices on the same internal firewire bus.

    From research there are two types of PCI-e card available that extends your Firewire capabilities on the MacPro.

    One has a chipset that is designed / developed by SiiG and another that uses a Texas Instruments chipset.

    If you do a Google search for "MaPro firewire 800 PCI-e card" you'll end up finding both, at various sites.

    It's a little confusing at times as those sites that sell the card that uses SiiG chipsets say -> compatible with MacPro, but then qualify the compatibility by saying, often, not compatible with Quad Core Chips.

    I emailed SiiG and they said that that any PCIe card you find on a site with the confusing info, will work in a MacPro 8-core mac.

    In the end i went for this card as there is no confusion with any compatibility issues:

    Anyway, I've installed this card and it works. I really wanted a card that gave me 3 x Firewire 800 ports, but it seems that 2 x 800 and 1 x 400 external ports is about the best you'll find on the market.

    I've installed it in Slot 3 and I've installed a HighPoint RocketRaid 2314 ESATA card in Slot 4.

    Anyway do a search and se what you can ind out there, mine works fine.


  9. network23 macrumors 6502


    Dec 18, 2002
    Any reason why no one is mentioning Firewire hubs? I have one and it works great.
  10. capoeiraguri thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2007
    Why would you put it on the 3rd and 4th slots instead of the 1st or second?
  11. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Seriously, just get a powered Firewire hub. I'm not sure I understand the issue here.

    And yes, daisy-chaining works fine, Firewire was designed for it from day one.
  12. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    Agree - that's what I did.

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