PCIe SATA controller

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by funkahdafi, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. funkahdafi macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2009
    Planet Earth, Old World

    I need a simple, non fancy SATAII controller I can put into my 2009 Mac Pro. I don't need RAID, it's basically just for connecting DVD drives.

    The only thing that's important is that I can boot from that controller.

    I currently have one by jmicron that can boot OS X, but it does not boot Windows DVDs. Not sure why.

    Nice to have would be eSATA for external stuff.

    Any recommendations?
  2. funkahdafi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2009
    Planet Earth, Old World
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I don't know if this is any good, but I found it at OWC
  4. crashmaster1 macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2008
    From their web page:

    Does NOT support booting on any Macintosh platform.

    I'm looking for one that'll boot OS X... guess I'll keep looking...
  5. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    eSATA won't work for optical drives on the MP when using Windows or Linux (even when the card has a ROM that boots BIOS). :( HDD/SSD's, will boot if the card has BIOS, and run under OS X if it has drivers. Highpoint sells a bootable eSATA card for Mac, but it won't work with anything but OS X.

    You're best bet is USB for a universal external optical disk (works in OS X, Windows, or Linux). Windows won't boot from FW either (MS dropped support).

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