Nehalem Mac Pro. HDD in DVD Bay?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by fabriciom, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. fabriciom macrumors 6502

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    Is there an easy way to install a drive on the bottom DVD bay?

    -Thanks
     
  2. xgman macrumors 601

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    If you had some drive rails and a spare sata lead from the MB.
     
  3. fabriciom thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Where can I get the drive rails? Are they cheap?
     
  4. rickvanr macrumors 68040

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    Drive rails are around $10-15 on newegg I think.

    You can use the sata, and power cables that are in there for a second drive for an HD
     
  5. fabriciom thread starter macrumors 6502

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    If you can point them out I would really appreciate it. I need to find them on the other side of the Atlantic...
     
  6. rickvanr macrumors 68040

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    Ok, I lied. It was $10-15 to go from 3.5, 5.25 is a bit more expensive.

    Look for something like this.

    Hope it helps.
     
  7. fabriciom thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So any 5,25" adapter should work?
     
  8. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    This will work, and it's less than $5USD (seller will ship to Europe). :)
     
  9. fabriciom thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. Any tips on installation? I haven't got the slightest clue on how to screw these on.

    Note: I just looked at the manual and acording to the pictures it looks like the 5,25 drives use IDE or PATA cables. Is this correct or do they use SATA connectors?
     
  10. Loa macrumors 65816

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    Check the Mac Pro manual in Apple's website support page.

    Also, thiss will help you get an idea of how easy it is: http://www.youtube.com/user/OWCmacsales#p/search/1/uJXauV30zP4

    If you have a 2009 (or Nehalem) Mac Pro, then the optical bay connectors are all SATA. If you have an earlier Mac Pro, it's PATA. You can still get a SATA cable up there, but it's a bit more complicated.

    Loa
     

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