New to me mid 2010 Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by jfalberti, Apr 7, 2018.

  1. jfalberti macrumors member


    Aug 7, 2014
    Visalia CA
    Good morning everyone. I recently bought a new to me Mid 2010 Mac Pro to replace my aging 2007 2,1. It came with a 250 GB SSD that I’m gonna dedicate as a boot camp volume for Windows 10. I have a 500 GB SSD that will be my macOS boot volume, as well as two 1 TB HDD volumes. One of these is a clone of my macOS boot volume for in case of emergency. The other is for whatever. I have two PCIe usb cards to install. One is a usb 3 with 4 ports, the other is a usb-c card with 2 ports. Question is should I install both cards, or just one? What would you do?
  2. MisterAndrew macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2015
    Portland, Oregon
    Do you need that many USB ports? I don’t have any usb card installed in mine. I had a usb 3.1 card in it but I took it out because Windows didn’t like it. So I use FireWire for my external HDDs.
  3. haralds macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2014
    Silicon Valley, CA
    I don't think, the extra ports hurt anything. Dedicated ports are better than an overloaded hub.
    I have had issues with USB cards or devices preventing sleep. Get your system set up and checked out and install them one at a time to check for that.
    I have had a USB-C card installed that never worked quite right. After some other "surgery" it lost the surface mounted power connection (not bus powered for higher output.) I pulled it and gave up on it.

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