PCIe Sata controller for boot drive?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by prvt.donut, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. prvt.donut macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2008
    Hi guys, thanks for the help so far. I have decided to keep it as you might tell and to build it up.

    As I have hit a bump with the Force GT ssd booting in the regular SATA controller, I was wondering if I were to install a PCIe SATA controller and then a PCI SSD mounting bracket, will my system be able to boot using the SSD?

    I searched and googled, but didn't find any info on this.
  2. seveej, Nov 27, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2012

    seveej macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2009
    Helsinki, Finland
    To be on the safe side, I'd use the rule of thumb: "If the manufacturer does not say it's bootable - it is not."

    So, going by what you mention, OWC has something for you, e.g.:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Sonnet Technologies/TSATA6SSDE/

  3. thorns macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2011
    The only bootable card is the Seritek/Firmtek 2SE2-E. However, it does not work with SSDs or optical drives and performance is only on par with the onboard controller.

    For non-bootable controllers, there are obvious solutions like the Sonnet Tempo Cards (I have the E4i myself) and some Silicon Image 3132 or JMicron based cards. Those do provide SATA2 speeds, but some prevent the G5 from sleeping.
  4. prvt.donut thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2008
    That looks promising, but a tad expensive.
    It says it is compatible with the G5, but also in the specs says if requires 10.6.

    I sent an email to them asking if it will work, but I have my doubts it will.

    Best option I think is to give up on the force GT and get a SATA2 SSD and then a 2 TB data disc in the second slot.

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