Run Boot Camp using PCIe eSata card?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sirris101, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. sirris101 macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2008
    I've got a 2008 Mac Pro with 4 internal hard drives that are in a 0+1 software raid. Unfortunately, this prevents me from using Boot camp on any of these drives.

    I'm curious, is there a PCIe card that adds eSata ports that would allow me to put Windows XP on an external enclosure that is bootable?

    I've been scouring the message boards and forums and have found cards by CalDigit, FirmTek and Sonnet, but I have no idea if any of these will support with Boot Camp/Windows.

    I'm not interested in using the on mobo SATA ports because A) they aren't recognized in Windows, and B) I don't want to put a drive up in the CD drive bays (because of the bad airflow).

    Any help is appreciated!
  2. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    Tough question. If you are really hellbent on running bootcamp, your best bet would be to go back, start from scratch, and configure a 2-disk RAID-0, and use one of your other disks, or a partitioned part of one of those disks as your bootcamp partition. I don't know anything as far as running bootcamp off a RAID setup.

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