PCI Express e-SATA card Mac Pro 8 cores 2008

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Flyyvon, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. Flyyvon macrumors member

    May 20, 2007
    Quebec, Canada
    Hi. I have a question for you guys. I just purchased a PCI-Express e-SATA card for my 2008 Mac Pro 8 cores and i'm wondering if i have to connect it to one of the two connectors on the motherboard or do i simply slide in the card? The reason i'm asking is that the connector cable where not provided with the card and it says optional on the package.
    Thank you in advance for your help.
  2. ksz macrumors 68000

    Oct 28, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    Because you purchased an "e"SATA card, it means you want to connect external SATA devices. eSATA ports are I-shaped whereas internal SATA ports are L-shaped.

    To install your eSATA card, you do not need to connect cables anywhere on the motherboard. Just insert the card and you're done.

    To connect your external SATA devices, you'll need eSATA-to-eSATA cables (or I-I cables). Be sure to get a cable whose ends aren't too thick because a thick end might not fit on your eSATA card. Unfortunately, the eSATA ports on many of these cards are too close to one edge, so there's only room for slim cables!

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